With the new year, more people are deciding to make big changes in their lives by moving. Maybe you need to relocate for a new job, your lease is up, or you’re moving back in with your family. Whatever your reason, moving is never easy. And that goes double right now.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of our lives, and moving is no exception. From social distancing guidelines to constant updates from the CDC and US government, it can be overwhelming to keep up with all the information you should know. While last year kept many of us in the same place, quarantined with our families and roommates, there have also been many people who have had to move despite the pandemic. If you find yourself among that number, we have compiled a list of three moving tips to help you move safely at this time.
According to the CDC, the most efficient way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing. This entails keeping a distance of at least six feet from others outside of your household and wearing a mask. Although it may be difficult to maintain social distance while moving, prioritize it as much as you can.
Many moving companies offer virtual in-home estimates and portable moving pods, which will save you from having any movers in your home. You may also choose to move alone and rent your own moving truck or van. There are plenty of creative ways to minimize contact with others while moving. If you need some more ideas, here are some more contactless moving tips concerning COVID-19.
Disinfect Your Belongings
Now is a great time to deep clean your belongings. Purchase enough cleaning supplies to last you the whole packing process, and disinfect as you go. If you are unsure of what supplies to use, here is a list of the most efficient disinfectants for COVID-19. As you clean, seal boxes as tightly as you can and pack all belongings inside boxes to further minimize contact.
If you decide on using a moving company, another good way to ensure proper disinfecting is to set up a clean-up station by your front door. Provide movers with hand sanitizer, masks, and rubber gloves that you can all use while you move your boxes.
Stay Updated on the Latest News
Continue to look into updated COVID-19 procedures and moving tips even after you make a plan for your move. Moving companies are regularly changing their protocols to account for your safety, so check in on them often. Look into their cancellation policies in case you start developing symptoms come moving day, and ask if they offer full refunds.
You can never be too safe when it comes to preparation, especially when it concerns your health. If you would like updated information, you can find them online at these great resources: coronavirus.gov and move.org.
With these moving tips, you can find your dream home even during a pandemic. At Park Del Amo, we’re here for you and are happy to answer any questions you may have concerning COVID-19 or our moving policies. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!