The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted a lot of lives. You’ve probably been stuck at home for several months now since the quarantine measures were implemented. However, important decisions like moving shouldn’t be delayed, even during a health crisis.
The Challenge of Moving Now
The activity is stressful enough on its own. You have to pack everything, from the clothes in your wardrobe to your heavy furniture. Your effort is doubled or even tripled if other people in the household are moving with you, too.And a pandemic makes moving even more difficult than it is.
For one, the virus can easily spread from person to person through infected respiratory droplets. These are released when an infected person sneezes, coughs or even speaks. It can also live on surfaces for a few hours to a few days. This means that it can be risky to work with other people outside your household for your move. Physical interactions with essential personnel like your real estate agent, moving company personnel, and your possible landlord should be limited.
So what can you do to make your move safe and smooth during these unprecedented times?
If Someone Gets Sick, Wait it Out
If you or one of your housemates develops COVID-19 symptoms, like fatigue, dry cough, fever, sore throat and diarrhea, consider waiting out your move. Everyone in the household should quarantine for at least two weeks to see if they get better or if anyone else develops symptoms. If the symptoms get worse, it’s best to get tested. You’ll just end up spreading the virus further if you do have it and still push forward with your move.
For a lot of residents, moving dates aren’t as flexible. Maybe you already sold your home or your rental agreement is ending with your landlord. Or you probably closed a deal for an affordable housing property and need to get some paperwork done. If you end up sick, ask for an extension. Your buyers and landlord will definitely understand your reason for staying longer.
Observe Social Distancing in Meetings
Apart from your moving arrangements, you may also have to deal with selling your home or handling the closing of your rental agreement. If you have meetings for these tasks, ask your buyer, agent, or landlord to do it virtually through video conferencing applications like Zoom or Skype. Provide virtual viewings through these programs, too.
If there are documents to be signed, use electronic signatures whenever possible. As for payments, ask if you can use online banking to send and receive money. This way, you’ll have little to no physical contact with people outside your household and fewer chances of contracting the virus.
Make the Moving Process Safe
Even if you have a car, you can’t move all your belongings in one go. You can easily wrap up your mandala flower poster and store it in your trunk. Your couch, fridge, and other appliances and furniture all need to be moved using large trucks. Be cautious when choosing a moving company. Ensure that they equip their staff with social distancing guidelines and personal protective equipment like face masks, gloves, face shields and even sanitizers.
Try to pack everything in boxes yourself to minimize their contact with moving personnel. Ask help from someone in your household to make this process more efficient. Keep a safe distance (around six feet) from the moving personnel when they start loading the packages into their truck. You and your housemates should also wear masks and face shields while the movers are in your home and during your journey to your new place.
When the boxes do get to your new home, leave them for two days tops or disinfect them immediately with alcohol-based sanitizer before opening them. Use gloves when handling the boxes and dispose of them after opening.
For a DIY move, make sure you have a vehicle that’s capable of carrying your heaviest piece of furniture. Don’t do it all at once or in one day, though. It’ll be tiring to go back and forth from your old home to your new one, especially if you have to traverse expressways. Spread your moving duties throughout a few days. This way, you don’t have to worry about overloading your car. Or tiring yourself out.
The coronavirus pandemic has made moving even more difficult. You need to observe proper social distancing and disinfecting methods to ensure that you and the people you live with don’t contract the virus. These measures ensure that you minimize your chances of getting infected and possibly infecting others, as well. With how easy it is to transmit the virus, you can never be too safe.