Moving During COVID-19
Moving during COVID-19 may seem difficult but you can still move safely. Because of travel bans, stay-at-home orders and social-distancing mandates, millions of people have adapted to the changes brought about by COVID-19. Countless events have been rescheduled or cancelled. For a few people — including those who already made plans to move — staying home is simply not an option.
Here are some tips for making your move as safe and stress-free as possible.
If you can, try to manage the move on your own. If you need help, do your homework on the companies operating in your area.
Call to ask about sanitation procedures, whether the movers have necessary supplies (like masks, gloves and booties). Wear masks, gloves and booties. If you’re hiring a moving company, they’ll likely bring similar supplies for their workers, but consider having additional hygiene products available.
In advance of your move, reach out to your neighbors — especially if you live in an apartment building — and share the date and time you plan to move. This gives everyone in your direct vicinity an opportunity to avoid unnecessary contact and let you know if your timing is a problem.
Even in the best of circumstances, many people are unable to afford groceries. As COVID-19 forces school closures, soup kitchen shutdowns and a surge of layoffs, the need for anti-hunger provisions is greater than ever. Donate your shelf-stable items to feed those in need. You can also donate any unnecessary thing you own, such as clothes, shoes, furniture and etc.
Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, paying particular attention to door knobs and handles. The bathroom and kitchen tabs are touched by most people so clean them before touching as well.
Place soap and paper towels next to the sinks of bathrooms and the kitchen. Place hand sanitizers by the door so that everyone clean their hands before entering. Make sure no one enters the house with their shoes on. You can give them some clean sandals or flip-flops to wear inside.
Buy new boxes: The coronavirus lives on cardboard for up to 24 hours, so this might not be the time to pick up used moving supplies from stores that are recycling them. You can also use boxes that you already have in your home.
Moving during COVID-19 is hard work no matter what, and it is especially challenging right now. But by taking extra precautions, you can get past this hurdle.