Moving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Should I Buy a Home During COVID-19?
April 30, 2020

Moving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Most of the country is holed up at home right now because of the coronavirus pandemic, but some people are choosing to relocate. It might seem like a tricky prospect to move during a global health crisis, but there are some compelling reasons to do it now. You don’t have to choose between your health or a new home. Here’s how to protect yourself from COVID-19 if you have to move now.

Touring Apartments and Homes

If you’re in the early stages of moving, you may wonder how to find a new apartment or house when social distancing orders are in place. Many agents are offering pre-recorded virtual apartment tours in place of in-home viewings. But people may not want to sign a lease based solely on pictures or video. If you’re serious about a property and want to see it in person before making a commitment, there are a few extra measures you can take. Wearing a mask and gloves and keeping your distance from the person offering the tour can help ensure everyone’s safety.

Hiring Professional Movers

When moving, you risk coming into contact with contaminated boxes, rental equipment and other items.But it’s rare to move all by yourself. It’s a lot of work and involves lifting heavy boxes and furniture, which requires at least two people. That means working in close proximity to at least one other person, lifting items and squeezing through tight doorways and hallways. Hiring a company lets them assume responsibility for everyone’s safety, and professional movers are incentivized to practice cautionary measures, such as wiping down all equipment, wearing face masks and maintaining at least 6 feet between themselves and you.

How to Pack

Whether or not you decide to hire professional movers, there are certain best practices you should follow during your move to protect yourself and others from coronavirus exposure. 

  • Use only new boxes. Studies show that the coronavirus lives for up to 24 hours on cardboard.
  • Wear masks. Everyone involved in the move should have a proper face mask on at all times. 
  • Pack everything ― and tightly. It’s important to be organized in your packing and make sure that every item goes into a box, with nothing left loose. You should also seal all boxes with packing tape, rather than leaving gaps in the cardboard flaps.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute. It’s also a good idea to finish up your packing at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that there are no living viruses on your boxes by moving day.

Waiting it Out

Ultimately, if you don’t have an urgent need to move immediately, it may be a better idea to wait until the pandemic is under control. Of course, you may not always have that option: your lease may be ending, you might have just found your dream home, or you may just be ready for a new place. If you need to move soon, moving services are still considered essential. Therefore, you’ll be able to buy supplies and hire movers if you need to, but keep the tips above in mind to make the process as easy as possible.

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