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Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, life must go on for many people. This may mean that you find yourself needing to move during this unprecedented time. While there are definite challenges that will arise when moving during this health crisis, you can make it easier on yourself by being prepared and informed. Here are five ways that your family can prepare for a move during COVID-19.
It is always important to be organized when going through the moving process. However, this need takes on a new level of urgency when going through a move during a pandemic. The anxiety of this process will only be elevated during this time, making it crucial that you have a plan in place regarding how you will tackle all of the details.
Lists will be your friend during your move. Keeping a list of deadlines and potential backup plans will ensure that you stay on track. You may find it helpful to create a moving binder to keep all of the important information in one place for reference.
With so much of life in flux right now because of the pandemic, it is more important than ever that you read the fine print before signing any contracts with a moving company. Understanding the cancellation policies prior to the move will help you to make the best decisions should plans change unexpectedly.
This knowledge is particularly important if you have already paid a deposit on the move. You should also familiarize yourself with the policies of cancellation or postponement if somebody in your family is not feeling well. Most moving professionals have instituted more flexible policies during this era of COVID-19.
During this challenging time, it is a good idea to delegate as much of the move as you can to the professionals. Those individuals and organizations that have been moving through the pandemic over the last several months will have processes already in place designed to mitigate the spread of the virus.
For example, you can make it easier on yourself by hiring a car shipping company to transport your vehicles. Why bother dealing with this hassle on the road yourself when you can pay the trusted experts to do it for you? The more that you can hand off to others, the more that you will be able to keep your family safe.
The same rules that apply to everyday life during the pandemic are also necessary during the move. When interacting with other people outside of your immediate household, it is still important to wear masks and social distance. Because you will be on the go so much, it is also imperative that you step up your game when it comes to hand sanitizing.
Do not let your guard down and think that you will not catch the virus during this time. COVID-19 does not care whether you need to stay healthy or not.
As you are packing up for the move, be sure to pack a kit of emergency supplies that you will need in the days just preceding the move and the few days after when you may not have access to all of your belongings. For example, you do not want to get into your new place and realize that your cleaning supplies are packed away deep in a box that you cannot get to. During this time, there will likely be instances when you need immediate access to COVID-19 essentials.
When packing your essentials kit, it is a good idea to include plenty of hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes and spray, and extra face masks. Keep in mind that you will likely not be doing laundry for a few days, making it important that you have enough clean masks on hand for everyone in your family. And, of course, it is also a good idea to throw in a couple of rolls of toilet paper.
There is no doubt that any major move will bring an added layer of complication because of the pandemic. However, following these five tips will help the process to go as smoothly and as safely as possible.