Even under the best of circumstances, moving is stressful! Throw COVID-19 into the mix, and there may be new questions, concerns, and worries that may not have crossed your mind pre-pandemic. So, can you move during COVID? Yes! Moving companies like Horizon Moving & Logistics are considered an essential business and are ready to move you safely while following CDC and local guidelines.
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Tip #1: Communication is Key
Whether you are using professional movers like Horizon, family or friends to help with your move, clear communication regarding your expectations about safety precautions is essential. Talk to them about maintaining a safe social distance, wearing proper PPE and abiding by guidelines. If you are moving with Horizon, we have you covered when it comes to this tip! Learn more about what we are doing to ensure the health and safety of our clients, partners and employees.
Tip #2: Declutter, Declutter, and Declutter Again
Before you even begin the moving process, COVID times or not, decide which of your items should be moved, donated or tossed. This will help condense the amount of items being moved and save you time and money. Need some help? We have you covered! These ten questions will help you decide if you really need an item, or if you should toss it before the move.
Tip #3: Disinfect and Sanitize
Ask your moving company about their sanitation guidelines. Make sure they are vigilant about sanitizing and disinfecting trucks, moving supplies, etc., and while you’re at it, make sure that you are just as vigilant about cleanliness. Purchasing new moving boxes versus reusing old ones can help to lower the possibility of spreading the virus.
Tip #4: Get a Virtual Moving Estimate and Sign Documents Electronically
Many moving companies (including Horizon!) offer the option to receive a virtual moving quote and provide customers the ability to sign papers electronically. This helps to keep the spread of germs down, and is so easy to do from the comfort of your home that you may even want to receive your future estimates virtually once the pandemic is over.
Tip #5: Keep it Essential on Move Day
Moving day is exciting and stressful and you may want family and friends there to help and share in that excitement. However, we recommend only having those essential to the move there on the big day. This will help you to maintain a safe social distance, while limiting distractions and causing your move to take longer than it needs to. By limiting the number of people involved in your move, the process can be more efficient and less dangerous.
Tip #6: Wear Proper PPE
Require that those present on move day wear proper PPE, including masks and gloves. This will help to keep everyone involved healthy and safe on move day.
Tip #7: Pack Efficiently
Minimizing the number of boxes and moving supplies necessary for your move allows for a safer and more efficient move. Make sure to not leave empty space in boxes and label each one with the contents of the box. This helps with all stages of the moves. Imagine how easy unpacking will be when you know which room each box should go!
Tip #8: Look Into Contactless Moving Services
Moving containers can provide a contactless move for those that would prefer it that way. We’d be happy to tell you more about this option. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 520-747-1400 to learn more.
Tip #9: Discuss the Closing Process with Your Realtor
Talk with your realtor about how the closing process will work given COVID. Many agencies are offering curbside signing or even virtual closings. Just like with the movers, talk to your realtor about signing documents electronically.
Tip #10: Unpack Carefully
Use the same carefulness as you did when you packed once it’s time to unpack. Sanitize your home prior to unpacking, as well as disinfect items as you unpack them from boxes and place them in your new home. You can even wear gloves as an extra precaution.