While many facets of our lives seem to be on hold as we work to avoid the spread of COVID-19, businesses around the country continue to relocate. For some, it’s the lower taxes or interest rates, while for others, it’s about real estate costs.
1. Make contact with your moving company ahead of time.
If you’ve chosen a moving date and moved on to the quote stage, do your homework to find a reputable moving company and contact them ahead of time to clarify the procedures they’ve put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the precautions they’re taking to achieve those goals. Guidelines differ by city and state, so make sure you’re happy with your decision and that you and your movers both know what to expect on the day of your transfer.
2. Request a virtual moving estimate.
Many of us are concerned about having people in our homes or workplaces during this pandemic, which can make getting an accurate moving estimate difficult. Look for a company that offers virtual moving estimates.
3. Purchase all of your supplies at once, and purchase more than you think you’ll need.
Shopping trips should be performed as easily and infrequently as possible to minimize your exposure to the coronavirus. When it’s time to start packing your things, go to the market and buy everything you need — and then some more. It’s always a good idea to be overprepared so you don’t have to make several trips to the store to get “just one more” of any moving supplies.
Try buying your materials online and having them shipped right to your door to make the process even easier.
4. Assign a point person to assist on the day of the move.
Make one person in your household or business the “point person” for interacting with your moving team on the day of your transfer. This will help to ensure that both you, your employees and your movers are protected from the virus, as much as possible.
5. Clean and sanitize your home or business prior to your move, and keep cleaning supplies on hand.
To keep everyone safe during a transfer, disinfect and sanitize often used touchpoints like doorknobs and handles to ensure that your moving team is entering a clean environment. Although your crew should have PPE and sanitization supplies, keep extra hand sanitizer, soap, and paper towels on hand so you and your moving crew can get to them quickly.
6. Before you settle in, sanitize your new home or office.
It’s exciting to arrive at your new house or office, but before you begin unpacking, sweep. Cleaning and sanitizing countertops, cabinets, doors, and other surfaces can help to remove germs and viruses that may have been unintentionally left behind by previous occupants or movers.
7. Comply with COVID-19 safety precautions.
When it comes to defending yourself during COVID-19, moving day is just like every other day. So, on moving day, keep washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, socially separating yourself by standing at least six feet apart, and wearing effective face masks at all times you associate with others. If your movers are not following proper safety procedures, please notify your agent so that they can address the issue.
8. Allow time for yourself and your movers.
Moving can be stressful even under the best of situations, so it’s even more so during a pandemic. Give yourself and your movers a break if things seem to be taking longer than anticipated; as we all learned the hard way in 2020, things can take longer than expected due to a variety of unexpected circumstances. Remember that the secret to a stress-free moving day is patience and planning.
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