There are several things to consider when planning to move to a new location during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whether you’re moving alone or with your family always make sure that your safety comes first. Bearing in mind that there is an outbreak of a deadly virus, it is essential to employ precautionary measures to avoid becoming victims of this deadly virus.
Table of Contents
- Always Remain Vigilant
- Before Moving Out
- After You Move into Your New Home or Apartment
- Facilitating Safe Movement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Moving to a Different State in the Face of the Pandemic
- Managing Finances and Moving Expenditures
- Settling in After Moving During COVID-19 Pandemic
Always Remain Vigilant!
This new coronavirus is like nothing America has ever seen before – it even became a global pandemic in just a matter of weeks since its first outbreak at the beginning of 2020. We receive daily updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the WHO (Word Health Organization) that are more likely to shock us than actually help us, and people are seemingly in a perpetual state of panic wondering how they can protect themselves from this deadly virus.
In case you’re considering moving to another location while the COVID-19 outbreak is happening, or have already decided to move soon, then you might want to give it a second thought and also plan for some safety protocols to help protect yourself and your loved ones during the move. Continue reading this article and find plenty of useful information that will put you ahead of the curve when it comes to protecting your most important assets – you and your family.
Before Moving Out…
1. Choose a Mover that Adheres to the CDC and WHO COVID-19 Safety Protocols
There are plenty of reputable moving companies in the United States, but not all of them might be implementing the best safety protocols when it comes to ensuring safety from COVID 19 infection while moving your belongings. By now most movers already have safety measures in place and have briefed their staff about how to pack, handle and ship the customer’s items without spreading the infection and keeping everyone safe. But it pays to hire the one that has yours and your family’s safety as their number one priority, so only sign a contract with a moving company that’s very meticulous down to the smallest detail of the move.
Below are some of the important questions you should ask the moving company, which will help you screen them:
- What safety guidelines does your staff follow in order to halt the COVID-19 infection?
- What steps are you taking to protect your moving staff?
- What safety measures will you recommend to me while I work with your staff during my move?
- Do you have any action plans to deploy once you’ve found out that one of your staff, or customer has been tested positive for COVID-19?
- Do you have something like FAQs, or other information that’s useful in order to help me make informed decisions in terms of hiring you while quarantine is enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
2. Get a Moving Quote Online and Never in Person
Minimizing personal contact is the most important thing to do to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Ask your mover instead to do a virtual survey of your house or apartment by using your mobile device and walk the estimator through via video call in order to get an approximate estimate.
Ask also for guidelines on how to prepare your place before they’ll do a virtual quote, so that you won’t miss anything and everything will be accounted for. You may also follow these few rules to help you better prepare for the remote estimate:
- Charge your smartphone or tablet to 100% battery capacity 1 hour or 30 minutes before you start the virtual quote.
- Check your Wi-Fi router and make sure it’s properly working, as well as having a strong signal. Don’t worry if in case your Wi-Fi is not working, because you can also use your mobile data, except this one will cost you extra with your phone service provider.
- Make sure that all the rooms that you’ll show to the estimator are well-lit and very clear when viewed through your phone’s camera.
- Open all the closets and cabinets in order to show the items to the estimator that you want the moving company to move.
- Have a carpenter’s long tape measure handy, in case the estimator will ask you to measure some stuff in your house for them to get accurate dimensions.
3. Let the Mover Know if You Want to Reschedule the Move
Keep in mind that there are certain restrictions and limitations in place during this pandemic, so it’s safe to assume that the moving company will have a hard time rescheduling your move, but inform them anyway in case you need to – it would be to your advantage if they are flexible with such a request. You should be able to receive your moving quote in about a few days after the virtual assessment. It would be prudent to inquire about their deposit requirements and refund just in case you’ll decide to cancel your move in the future. It is not beyond reason for moving companies to consider the arduous requests that you’ve made just to provide you with the best customer service. You may also want to ensure that you have the right contact numbers in case you’ll decide to reschedule or cancel your move.
4. Clean and Disinfect
Since moving your stuff out of your house and moving them into your new home is arguably an enormous task, it would be wise to hire professional cleaners to help you clean and disinfect them. However, despite their time-saving capacity when it comes to cleaning your items you might do more harm than good if you let them in your house, and it’s also against the COVID-19 safety protocols. It is better to clean and disinfect your house on your own than opting to hire help in these uncertain times.
You can check at this link for the general recommendations that the CDC provides for cleaning and disinfecting households:
You have to religiously clean surfaces that you, or any member of your household often touch. Examples of these include desks, tables, doorknobs, light switches, sinks, faucets, handles, toilets and electronics. You must use EPA-registered disinfectants and cleaners that are developed specifically for cleaning surfaces (always follow instructions on the label of these products).
Never ignore the safety instructions on the label also when you use them to clean and sanitize items in your house. They are there for your safety.
For instance, do not mix ammonia and bleach or similar cleaning solutions together, because when you combine these two common household cleaners, they release toxic chloramine gas, which can be deadly. Also wear rubber gloves and other protective gear when handling these kinds of cleaners, as they contain harmful chemicals. Sometimes it will say in the label to open all doors and windows to increase ventilation – this is meant to allow the pungent odor released from these cleaners to dissipate in the air and to not cause any discomfort to the people inside the house.
During Your Move (When the Movers have Arrived to Load and Unload Your Stuff)
5. Avoid Handshakes and Greet with a Smile Instead
By now even the moving company’s staff already knows about social distancing, so it’s not too farfetched for them to understand when you just smile at them and refuse any handshake or physical contact.
6. Maintain a 6-Foot Distance
Do not attempt to help the movers when they’re loading/unloading your stuff. Whenever possible, confine your family members like your kids, pets and others in a different are in your house, or let them stay at an inn for a day or two just to make sure they won’t come into contact with the movers.
7. Wash Your Hands Regularly
Prepare alcohol bottles and hand sanitizers at the doorway and have the movers wash their hands with it regularly. Tell them to use only 1 restroom in the house while they’re there and clean it afterwards. Take the initiative to provide alcohol, hand sanitizers and other disinfectants for them to wipe the doorknobs and light switches and other parts of the house where they touch.
8. Employ CDC Protocols
The CDC recommended protocols are:
- Wear masks
- Avoid touching your face
- Try not to share your food
- Create scheduled reminders via SMS or email to each other to wash hands
- Disinfect surfaces regularly
9. Call the Moving Company and Your Local Health Authorities
In case you suspect that you have been exposed to the coronavirus during the time of your move, then call the moving company immediately and ask them what to do. Usually they will give you certain protocols, but ultimately they will have to refer you to your local COVID-19 health response unit and determine what to do next.
After You Move into Your New Home or Apartment…
10. Disinfect Your New Home/Apartment Thoroughly Before Settling In
Chances are those cardboard boxes and packing materials may have come into contact with someone who potentially had the virus, so not only must you clean these things, but also clean and disinfect your entire home before you unpack your belongings. Look for a recycling plant near your area, or contact your local government agency to find out more information on how to properly dispose of these materials.
Facilitating Safe Movement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- During the process of moving to a new home, there should also be precautionary measures to follow. Allowing the moving crew access to water, soap and hand towels, or using hand sanitizers, could prove to be an effective way to limit the spread of the virus throughout the moving process. The use of cardboard boxes or packaging materials to assist in the packing of household stuff must all be new and sealed with plastic covers. Do not re-use old cardboard boxes that are easily available at your grocery store, you’ll never know whether they contain traces of the virus or not. Instead, it is advisable to buy new ones free from any contaminations.
- It is important to do some research first on a particular US state where you want to relocate before moving over there. This helps determine whether the move is going to be successful with the least chances of being vulnerable to the virus. On getting to the new house or apartment, you must clean the place thoroughly before involving any other considerations. Starting a new life altogether in a new place is going to be challenging unless moving or being transferred to a new place is due to work-related issue and the company that employed you will shoulder all expenses.
- When you’re moving to a new place you would have to consider the necessary measures put in place to reduce the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19. You’ll need to learn new survival skills as you’re familiarizing yourself with your new home. For instance, socializing with the new neighbors or touching things at the new place is a risky thing to do, so avoid doing it or at least limit socializing and touching things.
- Try to come up with creative ways to entertain yourself and your family in order to not make the transition boring, especially since making friends is still a “no – no,” as we’re all trying to do our part to avoid getting infected. This would make the “stay at home” advice get rough at some point in time from all spheres of family life and interaction. Liking or disliking a place has significant effects on the family’s daily life. It may cause immense harm after a while in one way or another or cause problems, mostly because people have to be indoors most of the time with the virus at the peak spreading through anybody and anything contaminated, in most cases was acquired or brought from outside your new home town or city.
- Your spending habits should also be considered in that it should not be at unrealistic levels – remember you’re trying to survive the virus at this time and not get cozy with buying unnecessary things. Small expenses added should be slightly more or less to the original plan of monthly expenditures now that every form of unnecessary financial endeavor would result in a shortage of household needs and there needing to use the available reserved finances in things which are more useful, for example, buying pairs of clothing and buying food that will not spoil easily.
- In most cases, it would be to your advantage if the general expenses are less than the planned expenses, which were initially being spent and on things that would aid in surviving more while indoors, not having to go out to buy food and essential items. This is important because boredom can make you irrational and do things that you ought not to be doing like overspending. Having a budget, in this case, is going to ease things up and enhance the smooth transitioning from one home state to another.
- Budgeting will help avoid being tempted to do things that are going to incur unnecessary spending of money, which would have been used to make the relocation more efficient and timely. Spending money without having a budget can make the relocation impossible at some point.
- Security should also be one of the main things to put into consideration. This is mostly relative to the crime rate in the location where you’re moving to. The crime rate in a place may enhance the rate of insecurity, which can be a result of unemployment or lack of job opportunities – which as a consequence makes people desperate to make a living. The place where you’re move to, therefore, should be a place where you can continue living and working under normal conditions without having to worry about the security of your family or personal safety, as well as the health of their workmates at work and the neighbors back at home.
- If you’ve only started your own family, then you need to take things into consideration, as it becomes even more challenging to raise a family at time like this. Talk to family and friends, seek help from professionals, find useful information on how to protect yourself and your family, as well as how to have a positive outlook in life.
Moving to a Different State in the Face of the Pandemic
With the way the virus is spreading, there is no doubt that the weather has some part to play in the extent to which each state has ended up dealing with the virus. Since moving is considered a paramount activity in the US, most states have allowed such operations continue unabated during the pandemic, albeit with increased cautionary measures being put in place. Even with those measures in place, the clients have to consider several factors when planning an interstate move, including;
- The Type of Neighborhood
The kind of people that will make up the neighborhood in the other new state should be considered to determine if they share the same interest as you, which greatly influence how the adaptability is going to be and how fast it is going to happen. The US census provides information that can help with this and on the demographics of the area. People who make up the community matter, and if one has a family, it has to be done more keenly having to take care of the children’s behavior, which can be motivated with the kind of people and the environment the children are going to live and grow in. Families having children should be able to teach and sensitize their siblings on measures to ensure that there is daily survival of everyone starting from the family.
- Health care Services in the new State
Moving to a new place, one has to remember about the health of the family and his own and should make sure that there be a new health-service provider in the new state he or she is moving to. The relocation means having a new start in a different place and has to do with if one can maintain an excellent secured and a healthy lifestyle or more of what was being experienced in the former lifestyle and the rate of progress of keeping up with the new form of life.
Managing Finances and Moving Expenditures
Saving in preparation ahead of the relocation will help with the financial problems that may arise in the process and cater to the miscellaneous. This ought to be done from when the decision to move to a new place is made. The more the savings, the easier the relocating is going to be and would help in buying the required items in the new state after the relocation is successful.
Settling in After Moving During COVID-19 Pandemic
To ensure that there is no leak of any infected or contaminated items or person to the new home, use thick gloves or surgical gloves, which are to be later disposed of. Clean every item as you unpack thoroughly and use some method to prevent contact as the household items are being taken inside, for example, using the human chain method to move boxes inside the new home. Other people assisting could help but should not get inside the house but as close as to the front door as possible to avoid any form of contagious infection of the same virus.
Considering the safety of the health of the family members is paramount, and this should also be a consideration to prioritize before deciding on moving to some new place. There should be no exposure to any kind of virus threat during or after the relocation. The process should be smooth and successful without any hick-up about health issues. Professionals should be involved in this to take have the necessary precaution against any possibility of getting infected and ensuring that the new home is free from any kind of impending infections.
thing America has ever seen before – it even became a global pandemic in just a matter of weeks since its first outbreak at the beginning of 2020. We receive daily updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the WHO (Word Health Organization) that are more likely to shock us than actually help us, and people are seemingly in a perpetual state of panic wondering how they can protect themselves from this deadly virus.