Moving & the Coronavirus Epidemic: Everything You Need to Know

Moving & the Coronavirus Epidemic: Everything You Need to Know

Moving can be stressful enough. Now imagine having to move in a world that’s seemingly falling apart due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With so much in flux, knowing what steps you should take relating to your move in the coming weeks can be rather confusing. Luckily, we’re here to give you a helping hand. We came up with a 4-step process to ease your worry.

Step 1 – Do Your Research

With so much rapidly changing, it’s hard to say for sure whether moving services are even still available in your area. This is why it’s important that you do your research before making any rash decisions. In this stage of the process, call or send emails to any moving companies that you want to be involved with your move (Keep in mind that the majority of movers have the capability to provide virtual estimates, rather than in-home estimates). This could be anyone from individual movers to storage companies. You should also contact your condo association and your new building if applicable to learn about moving rules during the epidemic. The research phase of your move could end up saving you time and money

Step 2 – Speed Up the Process

Once you put the first steps for your move into place and the movers are secured, there are certain things that you can do to make your moving day go smoothly. While the moving company that you hire will likely be screening their drivers and movers, for recent travel history and contact with anyone who may have coronavirus, hygiene still first priority. Make sure you have everything from soap and water to hand sanitizer available, you can decrease the spread of the coronavirus and give yourself invaluable peace of mind during your move. Please don’t forget to practice social distancing with the movers too. While you may think that using free boxes is a smart shortcut, remember that we live in a sensitive time where the coronavirus can live on cardboard surfaces for a day or longer.

Step 3 – Time Matters

With so much fluctuation due to the coronavirus, it is vital that you make decisions as soon as possible. Do you need to cancel flights to ensure that you get refunds? Or maybe you need to book a hotel before travel restrictions go effect. Whatever the case, the sooner you make decisions, the better the chances are for you saving money, staying within your budget and getting things accomplished.

Step 4 – Put Your Health First

No matter how important you think your move is, your health is more important. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus (fever, sore throat, coughing and shortness of breath) make sure you contact a medical professional and inform your moving company right away. While the moving company is expected to take the necessary steps to keep you safe, you should be honest and transparent in order to stop the spread of the disease.

As you proceed with your moving plans, please remember to be take the necessary precautions to be as safe as possible. If you have additional questions or concerns, remember to check our website regularly. We’ll be posting updates on moving regulations and restrictions as it relates to the coronavirus.

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About Rick Doney

Rick Doney is a co-founder of Consumer Authority and Lifetime Entrepreneur. Expert on real estate, home improvement and other topics.