Tips for Preparing to Move and the Moving Process
Selectively choose moving vendors that limit human contact
As many are aware, health experts such as the WHO and CDC inform that social distancing is one of the most effective ways to avoid spreading or catching the virus. Moving containers such as PODS enable you to completely control your move while avoiding any physical contact or interaction with others. With PODS, drivers use customer instructions provided via their online portal or phone when they deliver containers. You will provide your own lock and key and being present for delivery or pick-up is not necessary. If you choose to work with a traditional moving service, ask which sanitation precautions their movers are following to mitigate risks and make prior arrangements online or by phone.
Consider planning to use built-in storage as a backup plan
Move-in and move-out dates can change frequently even with routine moves. Keeping this in mind, you may want to consider using a portable container with built-in storage options. This could be one that is located on your property or at a secure storage center to keep your belongings safe should a delay occur. If this isn’t an option, inquire whether or not your movers provide storage. Be sure to ask about costs and access to your belongings during storage if this is an offering they have.
Ask about your mover’s policies for cancellations, refunds, and schedule changes during the pandemic
During this rapidly-evolving time, the fluid market conditions may require you to adapt cancellations or delays. For this reason, flexibility is key. Some helpful questions as you vet movers include:
- If we need to cancel our move, will we receive a full refund?
- Do we need to make a deposit? If so, how much?
- How easy -or difficult - is it to change our moving date(s)?
Employ additional sanitation precautions during your move
Regardless of what type of moving service you choose, here are some health and safety tips:
Disinfect boxes and items prior to moving. Use disinfecting wipes to clean surfaces of boxes, furniture, and various other items before loading. This process will lessen the risk of transferring germs to your new home.
Under normal times, it is a good idea to reuse others' boxes to minimize the environmental impact. In these unusual times, however, health concerns dictate liberal use of your own boxes because Coronavirus can live on surfaces such as cardboard. If you have boxes on hand, you can put those to use, or try purchasing new boxes from or PODBOXES.com, which offers free delivery.
Offer your moving helpers hand-washing supplies and sanitizer. Ensuring that everyone has access to water, soap, and hand sanitizer is important whether or not you have professional movers or family and friends assisting you. If you can, provide disposable gloves too.
Above all else, if you or someone in your family is displaying symptoms of the virus, delay your move until a doctor clears you. Even though it will be unfortunate if this is the case, it’s key for the health and safety of everyone involved and the community at large.