The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the norms of everyday life, both in the states and around the world. While many of us are keen to flatten the curve by staying home and social distancing, moving isn’t always an avoidable circumstance. Leases end, plans change, and we must continue to adapt to conquer life’s challenges.
Moving in 2021? Our team at Artists Village Apartments has all of the insider information for you to move safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plan, Plan, Plan Ahead
This first step might be obvious, but we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to do your research. With many misconceptions and questions about safely moving during a pandemic floating around, we thought it would be helpful to include a mini Q&A. Let’s hop right in!
Is moving considered essential?
Yes! According to the Corporate Relocation Systems website, moving is considered an essential service along with receiving healthcare, shopping for groceries, caring for family members, and exercising outside.
Are moving companies still in operation?
Yes! Because moving is considered an essential service, most moving companies are still in operation, though with careful consideration for the CDC guidelines. Call several companies in your area and inquire about their modified procedures. Be sure to choose a company that values your safety as well as the safety of their employees.
Am I able to rent a storage unit?
Yes! Storage facilities are still in operation. That said, prepare for limited hours of operation and restrictions on the number of customers allowed in at any one time.
What happens if I need to postpone or cancel my move?
Things happen, and we need to prepare for all possible circumstances. Thankfully, most moving companies are offering increased flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to mymove.com, “With most companies, you’re allowed to cancel or postpone your move without facing any penalties if you give them a few days’ notice.” Check your confirmation email or call for more information about rescheduling and cancellations.
Follow the CDC Guidelines
The CDC is our main reference point for all things COVID-19 related. Be sure to protect yourself from possible exposure by frequently washing your hands, wearing a mask, and practicing social distancing. Consider packing your belongings ahead of time, sanitizing your possessions as you go, and purchasing new packing materials. When the movers arrive, arrange for yourself an alternate location to wait until they are finished.
“Quarantine” Your Belongings
According to WebMD, the Coronavirus can survive on paper surfaces, such as cardboard boxes, for up to 24 hours. It is a good idea to consider “quarantining” your belongings upon arrival at your new home. Ask your movers to place all items in a single area. Disinfect all surfaces, doorknobs, and common touchpoints before unpacking the following day.
While moving during the COVID-19 pandemic can cause some safety concerns, following our advice above puts you in the best position possible. Remember to plan, take the appropriate precautions, and always be respectful of others.