Millions of Americans are learning to adapt to the changes of COVID-19, and countless events have been canceled or postponed. For some people, including those already planning to move this spring, staying put is not an option. Here’s how to make the transition as easy as possible for your family, friends, and colleagues – employees. Make sure you move to a new city, state, county, or even country as quickly as possible.
While most states have deemed removal services indispensable and are therefore still able to operate, many small businesses have reduced their hours or ceased operations. If you need help, do your homework with companies that operate in your area and you can try to manage your train.
If you work with a removal company, ask for a virtual quote and see if the company offers fully contactless services. Call to see if you have an appropriate cancellation policy for the day of your trip and the time of day, and confirm that this is the appropriate cancellation policy if you need to change your plans.
If you are hiring a removals company, you should consider providing additional toiletries and making sure that all their workers bring a similar offer. Disinfect touches from all objects and surfaces and pays special attention to doorknobs and handles. Wear a mask, gloves, and boots as well as hand sanitizer at the door and a small amount of soap and water.
Coronavirus has been shown to live in cardboard for up to 24 hours, so you may not be able to collect used moving goods from stores that recycle them. You can also use boxes that you already have at home, or buy new boxes from a local thrift store or your local recycling center.
Before you move, contact your neighbors, especially if you live in an apartment building, and tell them the date and time of your move. If you or other family members have coronavirus symptoms, postpone your relocation plans until after the illness.
While debt restructuring is painful, the health and safety of your community are paramount. Give everyone in your immediate vicinity the opportunity to avoid unnecessary contact. Let them know if the timing is a problem or if they are worried about your health or safety.