What to Do If You Have to Move During the Coronavirus Outbreak
We should all be aware by now that self-isolation is the crucial measure in preventing further spread of COVID-19, but what to do if you have to move during the coronavirus outbreak?
Many companies are still providing their clients with moving services wherever it is allowed, and some have gone out of their way to introduce strict precautionary measures to ensure safe relocation. But to be on the safe side, it is important to approach your upcoming move cautiously.
The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Changed Our Everyday Life
Since its first major outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019, COVID-19 has spread to nearly every corner of the globe, forcing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic and countries around the world to close their borders, airports, and restrict everyday life for their citizens. The number of infected has soared in the past few days and weeks, reaching more than 60,000 cases in Italy and Spain alone. In the US, there are around 12,000 cases so far, while the number of deaths is currently around 200.
People are working from their homes, schools and universities are closed, as well as restaurants and bars. It seems like everything has stopped. Public transportation, both national and international, has changed its course. The whole world is taking all necessary steps to prevent a further and dramatic increase in the number of infected.
For all we know, the COVID-19 pandemic has already changed our everyday life, and its true effects on the global economy and society are yet to be seen. But we have to accommodate the current situation, follow experts’ recommendations, and hope that it will not do more harm than has already been done.
Moving Within the US
The US officials have announced that there is still no need for domestic travel restrictions. It is, however, recommended that people avoid traveling as much as possible. Airports, bus stations, and train stations are points of high risk. If you’re up for a cross-country relocation, now is the time to do it, because there is no guarantee for how long domestic travel restrictions will not be necessary.
Moving in the Age of Coronavirus
While organizing a move, many people are usually concerned about how to overcome relocation depression when moving. Now, we are facing a situation in which a majority has to deal with the anxiety caused by canceling or postponing the move. So, before you make a final decision about it, talk to someone you love and trust because it is always good to hear a second opinion.
It is a fact that planning a relocation requires a good strategy, and you have probably invested a lot of time figuring out how to organize your move, especially if you are moving with kids. But now you have to look at the bigger picture and decide what is best for you and your family.
If you already booked a move or plan to do it in the next couple of days or weeks, and your present and future locations are not under some kind of restricted movement regime, know that it is still possible to complete your relocation and stay healthy. Here are some of the reasons why you should not postpone your long-distance move after all.
Reasons for Moving During the Pandemic
If you are renting an apartment and the move-out date is near, or if you sold your house and the new owners want to move in on the agreed-upon day, you should seriously think about going forward with your moving plans.
On the other hand, if you are moving for a job, your first day at work is probably postponed as well. But, to be sure, get in touch with the people from your new company and stay updated with their business strategy during the pandemic.
Either way, if moving is your only option, start with organizing your relocation as soon as possible, find highly professional movers, and take any measures necessary to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Don’t Forget About Precautionary Measures Before, During, and After the Move
Even in the middle of the moving rush, please don’t forget about measures of precaution. Wash your hands frequently, at least for 20 seconds, using soap and water. Try to avoid crowded places as much as possible. And when that’s unavoidable, maintain a physical distance from other people while in a grocery store or pharmacy, and remember to wear gloves and a mask at all times. If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue and throw it right away. For further details on how you can protect yourself and your loved ones, visit the official website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What If You’re Moving With a Car
If your relocation includes moving some belongings in your car, it is necessary to clean and disinfect it as well. Throw away everything you have kept in your car but don’t need. Make space for belongings and ensure a comfortable ride for your passengers.
Make a reasonable supply of food, products for disinfection, tissues, and water. Try to take frequent breaks and keep windows open as much as you can during the ride. Use a plastic or paper bag to put all the trash in it, and throw it away as soon as you reach your destination.
Contact Your Moving Company
If you’ve already chosen our company as your moving service provider, rest assured that we will relocate your belongings to a new home as safely as possible. If there is no possibility of carrying out the move and you are forced to cancel, keep in mind that we’ve decided to waive the cancellation fee with respect to your extraordinary situation.
And for those of you that are still in the process of searching for a company that has what it takes to transfer your possessions to another city or state under these circumstances, we offer a discount on all new bookings and the safest service possible.
Measures That Moving Companies Should Implement During the Coronavirus Pandemic
As your chosen moving company, we guarantee that our trucks and equipment are regularly disinfected and cleaned. Besides, all movers have to wear masks and to have sanitizers in their vehicles. A responsible moving company that provides you with moving and packing services should follow all these measures and make sure that all your belongings are safely delivered to your new address.