It can be difficult to plan a long-distance move, and layering in a global crisis can create additional barriers during the process. For several, though, moving can’t be postponed.
If you are relocating for economic reasons or have accepted a work opportunity that is away from states, you should take comfort in realizing that during these uncertain times it is still possible to travel safely. Here are tips to remember when preparing for your long-distance move in order to help handle preparation and build peace of mind:
Handle Logistics Before Time
Other aspects of your move would possibly also affect COVID-19, causing you more stress on moving day if they are not dealt with in advance. In the weeks before your move, consider addressing post-move activities, such as changing your address, updating your license, and setting up utilities, as you may face delays in light of the pandemic.
When you are trying to move into your new house, unexpected home repairs can also cause additional stress, which is why you can contact the previous homeowner to see if they can pass to you their home warranty policy. If they can’t, you’ll want to give yourself enough time to buy one, so you can guarantee that in the first months after your move, you won’t face any big costs. When it’s time to travel, ensuring adequate coverage ahead of time could help save you time and cash.
Check for Travel Restrictions
In an attempt to slow down the spread of COVID-19, many cities and states have imposed travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines. You’ll want to consult with the health departments of the state you’re moving to, the state you’re moving from, and any state you intend to pass through during your move, if you’re moving across state lines, so that you know what’s required of you.
Furthermore, prior to moving within the U.S., you can take into account your personal and family health records and any underlying conditions. If you move to a neighborhood with a high rate of infection or travel through it, you may want to delay your move or make alternate travel plans to keep you and your family safe.
Keep New Room Your Clean
Even if the mover is following all safety protocols, before unpacking, you can also take time to thoroughly clean your new house. Sanitize hard surfaces that may have been reached by movers, contractors, relatives, and friends, or realtors, such as doorknobs, counters, and cabinet pulls.
With household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants, the CDC suggests that you conduct regular cleaning. You may also want to clean things while you unpack. Before wearing them, for instance, you might run your clothes through the laundry or wash your dishes before putting them away. You will further protect yourself and anyone who has helped you to travel by taking these measures.
Mitigate your chance of Contamination
Although you’ve already read up on general long-distance packing tips, you should consider taking more action to keep your goods safe and reduce the risk of contamination. Try to minimize the number of people handling boxes when loading your things and to clean all moving containers until they are used.
While the use of old cardboard boxes can be more cost-effective, you may also reduce your risk of contamination by investing in new cardboard boxes for your belongings. Coronavirus can live for up to 24 hours on cardboard, so shelling out a few extra bucks on empty boxes is best.
Hire a professional long-distance moving company
It’s overwhelming to move your belongings around the country, which is why you may want to enlist the assistance of a reputable moving company. A competent mover will support you with packing and ensuring that your belongings are moved safely across state lines.
You can put yourself at greater risk of exposure while you move during a pandemic by working with others. It’s important to ensure that they prioritize the protection of their workers and customers if you want to hire professionals. Ask them to review their action plan for COVID-19 and ensure that they take precautions to protect you, their workers, and anyone else you can come into contact with during the process. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and decreased customer interaction should be included in the protocols.
A move during a pandemic around the country may take a few extra measures, but it’s still possible. You can guarantee your long-distance movement is a safe and smooth experience by planning ahead and observing proper cleaning and sanitation procedures.