Tips For Moving Out Safely During The Coronavirus Pandemic
As the number of coronavirus cases grows, we’re watching our friends and neighbors round the world practice social distancing, self-monitoring, and quarantining themselves, in an attempt to contain the virus.
In various countries and cities, residents are sheltering in their homes and under mandatory lockdown. With the closure of the many non-essential public places and businesses and shutdowns across many industries, we’re receiving many questions on moving – is it essential or not? Should I still move?
This practical guide is meant to assist you ask the proper questions on your upcoming move and can be updated regularly with new information.
Is moving out considered in “essential services”?
Essential reasons to go away your home during a lockdown, as defined by many local and state officials, include: getting health care, buying groceries or supplies, caring for relations , and exercising outside.
Since moving inevitably cuts against social distancing best practices, we encourage you to not move at this point unless local officials deem your specific move as essential, or your business is deemed essential and you want to move for work. Stay where you’re , if you’ll .
If you haven’t signed the house contract yet, but decide to , request an addendum for extra flexibility should the parties be quarantined or unable to finish the transaction (here’s an example from the Texas Association of REALTORS).
If you aren’t required to go away your current home, you ought to stay right where you’re . Staying at home can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19, sick or not.
If possible, attempt to reschedule your move for a later time once we have more information on the spread of the virus and every one parties involved within the move (you, the new homeowner or management company, the mover , etc.) can implement best practices and suits the instructions of local authorities.
Due to the necessity to securely “shelter in place” in compliance with the present COVID-19 directives, moving is taken into account essential in many cities. However, we still recommend checking together with your local authorities beforehand, as local enforcement is that the determining voice during this discussion. make certain to suits the direct orders of your local officials and still monitor their communications. be happy to call your officials to ask if no guidance has been provided.
If you wish to move, your moving company should prioritize health and safety.
Your health and safety and also the moving company’s employees’ health and safety are going to be the moving company’s highest priority.
We suggest you call your mover to explore your options.
If your move is important, and your mover plans to shift you, they will assist you plan as safe (and seamless) move as possible. this might include:
- A virtual survey rather than an in-home survey to quote a price estimate
- Screening their crew for symptoms to make sure health and safety
- Adding hand sanitizer in all trucks
- Movers wearing gloves and masks
- Heightened daily cleaning procedures for shared, high-touch surfaces in your homes, on the trucks, on the equipment, and their dispatch/office areas
Bonus tip: don’t pack the soap! Give your moving crew access to scrub their hands with predicament frequently.
If you choose to postpone your move with a professional moving company
If you’ve made the decision to postpone your move and need to cancel your moving company – don’t fret. In most cases, booking a moving company is non-binding, allowing you the freedom to cancel at any point prior to your move, without penalty.
However, if your moving company collected a deposit prior to your move, it may be non-refundable. Contact your moving company about your deposit, as many reputable moving companies will make an exception considering the pandemic and either refund the deposit or provide credit for a future move.
If your professional moving company cancels on you
Don’t worry – you have options.
- You can move yourself, in your own vehicle. This is the safest option.
- You can rent a truck.
- You can move in with friends or family members and put your belongings in temporary storage.
- You can move into temporary, furnished housing and put your belongings in storage.
If you move into a new home, deep clean it
Be sure to deep clean and sanitize your new home before you move into it. Here are a few resources and tips to help:
- Use disinfectant wipes for quick cleanings over the most high-touch areas – doorknobs, sinks, cabinet pulls, refrigerators, etc. Use disinfectant sprays for areas that can’t be wiped clean. You can use Lizol, for example, on your couches and mattresses which will touch many surfaces during a move (the ground, the inside of a truck, etc.).
- Use this CDC bleach mixture recommendation on your new tile floors.
- Use a disinfecting wet mop cloth on your hardwood floors .
- As you unpack, be sure to also disinfect your computer and accessories, your television remote controls, credit cards, wallet, and more.
Some additional things to consider
• Prioritize your internet setup. Scheduling an internet installation date at your new home is critical for staying connected to friends and family. Additionally, consider a high bandwidth plan to account for changes in working from home, video calls, multi-device streaming, etc.
• Stocking your kitchen full of groceries will feel a bit different this time around. Try Grofers, BigBasket or delivery options from your local grocery store.
• Don’t hoard, but do stock up. Amazon and Flipkart both deliver and have the essentials you need.
We understand your concerns – this is a scary time and certainly takes moving stress to the next level. We encourage you to visit your local authority’s website for updated information and safety precaution tips.
Remember– this is a rare time where your actions are about something bigger than you. Your actions protect people you may never meet. We are all part of a much larger community and together we can make a huge impact on the lives of others.