Moving During a Pandemic

Moving can be a long and arduous process even for the most organized, prepared person. With the added stress of a pandemic, many people are wondering if taking the plunge is worth it. While moving during this time should be avoided if necessary, there are precautions people can take that will make the process safer for everyone involved.

Carefully research movers to ensure that the moving process will be as safe as possible. Some things to ask moving companies are what safety protocols they have put in place, how large their crew is and what to expect the day of. Here are some tips people should follow when planning their moves right now:

Before the Move

  • Use new boxes for packing. While using packing supplies that you already own are fine, refrain from getting boxes from grocery stores or neighbors to prevent possible virus transmission.
  • Clean and declutter as you pack. Sanitize and wipe items down with disinfectant. If you’re planning on donating items, call the donation center ahead of time to ensure that they’re open and accepting donations.
  • Get an appointment to set up internet and cable service as soon as possible. Installation appointments may not be as easy to come by, so it’s best to call ahead to make a reservation.
  • Create an open-first box of essentials such as cleaning supplies, phone chargers, a change of clothes and other items that you think will be necessary once getting into the house.
  • Finish packing at least 24 hours before movers are set to arrive. This will allow the moving boxes to be untouched and for any potential viruses on those boxes to have died off.

Day of the Move

  • Keep the number of people involved in the move to a minimum. During the actual moving day, have one person designated to manage and oversee the move.
  • Provide soap and paper towels by the sink and hand sanitizer by the door for movers. While most moving companies will come with their own gloves and masks, these extra precautions will ensure everyone feels safe.
  • Plan for the moving crew to drop off belongings at least 72 hours before you or your family officially moves in. This will ensure that your possessions will be uncontaminated from any viruses.
  • Figure out whether the movers should unpack items or just drop them off. While most moving companies typically unpack furniture and boxes, decide whether you are comfortable with them doing that or if you’d prefer to do it yourself.
  • Hire a cleaning crew to deep-clean the new home before moving in. They’ll be able to clean tough-to-reach places as well as places you may not think of.