Moving is never an easy task, whether it be due to graduating or relocating for an internship. Then add a global crisis like the coronavirus, it becomes even more challenging. Some folks may be able to wait out the crisis and delay the move. According to the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), moving companies are taking steps to help maintain safe and healthy operations.
Here are a few tips to help your move go safely:
- The health and safety of yourself and your family should be your top priority. It is important to be aware of all the risks so be willing to be flexible and change your plans if you need too. Here’s what AMSA advises:
- If you are in a high-risk group (over 60 or have pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions or compromised immunity), then postpone your move if at all possible until after the health authorities announce the pandemic is over.
- If you or someone in your household may have contracted coronavirus, or are self-isolating after being exposed, call your moving company and explain the situation. In many cases, movers will work with you.
- Look for moving companies that minimize human contact. Minimizing close human interaction, social distancing, is one of the most effective ways to avoid catching or spreading the virus. Companies such as U-Pack, U-Haul PODS, or moving truck rentals allow you to pack your own belongings.
- Consider an alternative storage option. Once you get to your location, there may be a limited number of housing options until the virus situation clears up. Some companies that allow you to pack your own items also offer a storage option for those containers. Other options would be to rent a storage unit you find a place to settle.
- Ask the moving company about their rescheduling, cancellation, and refund policies. This viral crisis changes daily, so it is essential you determine the most flexible options available to you. Some questions to ask might be:
- How easy is it to change the moving dates?
- What type of deposit is required and is it refundable?
- If you need to cancel your move, is there a penalty?
- Ensure extra sanitation options are used and available. You can never be too clean, and everyone involved with your move will appreciate these protective measures.
- Since the coronavirus can live on surfaces like cardboard, try not to use old recycled boxes. Use boxes you have or purchase new boxes from moving companies, large package stores, or your local post office might carry them.
- Clean the surfaces of items before packing, and the surfaces of furniture, boxes, and other items before loading. This will help reduce the risk of carrying germs to your new home.
- Offer hand-sanitizer to whomever is helping you move, family, friends, or a hired moving crew. Also, be sure you have hand soap and a fresh towel next to your kitchen and bathroom sinks.