With travel bans, stay-at-home orders, and social-distancing mandates, millions of Americans have adapted to the changes brought about by COVID-19. Events have been rescheduled or canceled, but for a few people — including those who already made plans to move — staying put is simply not an option.
Here are some tips for making your move as safe and stress-free as possible.
Do As Much On Your Own As Possible
Even though most states have deemed moving services as “essential”, many smaller companies have reduced hours or have paused business altogether. If you can, try to manage the move on your own.
If you need can’t avoid a moving company completely, do your homework on different companies. Call to ask about sanitation procedures, whether the movers have necessary supplies (like masks, gloves, and booties), and confirm their cancellation policy in the event that you need to change your plans.
If you’re working with a moving company, ask for a virtual quote and see if the company offers fully contactless service. Instead of handshakes, a smile and a generous tip (sent through Venmo, PayPal, or another contactless digital platform) are a welcome substitute.
Take extra sanitary precautions
Wear masks and gloves when appropriate. If you’re hiring a moving company, they’ll likely bring similar supplies for their workers, but having extra is never a bad idea.
Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, particularly doorknobs and handles.
Moving is hard work and stressful no matter what, and it’s especially challenging right now. But by taking extra precautions, you can — and will — get past this hurdle.