Moving to a new home is always stressful. Between packing up your things, hiring movers, and trying to keep everyone organized, there is a lot on your plate. But with the ongoing global situation, moving has become even more difficult as there are more rules and regulations that may need to be followed. If you’re planning on moving during covid-19 and you’ll need to hire a moving company, here’s what you need to know.
Is it Safe to Move during Covid?
This will depend on a number of factors like adhering to social distancing measures, and hiring a safety-conscious moving company. Here are some of the key safety questions about hiring a mover during Covid-19.
What is social distancing, and how could it impact my move?
This simply means keeping a safe distance between yourself and other people outside of your immediate family to minimize the spread of the virus. While you don’t need to socially distance from family members, you will need to keep a safe distance from anyone helping you move, van rental service people, moving companies, etc.
This should not impact your move to your new house as long as you make an effort to use appropriate measures wherever possible during the moving process.
Can I move to Colorado during COVID-19?
Moving dates are fairly inflexible most of the time, especially if you have a lease ending or have already sold your own home. While there are many businesses considered non-essential that have been forced to close in many states, the good news is that moving firms are classed as essential work. This means that you can relocate to Colorado during this time.
However, you may be subject to a quarantine period in your new home, depending on the state you’ve moved from. Check with your local authority for any specific rules in place – use your local authority website to see what measures they have in place at this time.
Should I move during COVID-19?
While moving during the pandemic is allowed, this does not mean you necessarily should. Here are some of the factors to take into account:
- Is there an increase in Covid cases where you are headed?
- Will you have to be in close contact with strangers during the relocation?
- Are you or those traveling more at risk?
- Are you prepared to self isolate from work or school?
- Are any of the movers elderly?
- Is the virus spreading where you currently live?
If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you might need to consider postponing your move date if possible.
What precautions do you recommend I take during my move in Colorado?
- Notify your moving company immediately if anyone in your family is experiencing any Covid symptoms, like a fever, persistent cough, or loss of taste. Further safety protocols can then be implemented.
- Provide hygiene products for yourself and the movers, especially while they are entering your home and handling your belongings, like hand sanitizer, hand wash, and disposable towels.
- Avoid the use of free or recycled moving boxes as the virus can live on the cardboard. If you have to, make sure that you leave them to quarantine for as long as possible.
- Take extra precautions to shield any elderly members of your family and make sure they don’t come into contact with anyone outside of your family.
- If you are booking flights or hotels, ask if they provide refundable reservations or offer free cancellations to avoid a loss if you have to postpone or cancel.
What is the best way to disinfect my personal belongings?
The CDC guidelines state that regular cleaning and sterilization is the best way to keep your belongings coronavirus-free. Using household cleaners and disinfectants is suitable and always follow the label instructions. There is also a list of CDC disinfectants which are best for Coronavirus, including Clorox and Lysol.
How can I minimize contact if I have to get a moving estimate?
We provide a virtual, in-home estimate if possible, which will help minimize the number of movers at your home. We can do a virtual tour of your belongings and give you a free quote over skype, facetime or zoom.
How else could COVID-19 affect my move in Colorado?
Unfortunately, there is no way to totally prevent the ongoing pandemic affecting your move to Colorado. Here are some possible pitfalls to look out for:
- Temporary government orders could block your move going ahead.
- They could also stop you from stopping over or eating somewhere on the way.
- There could be grocery store shortages on arrival or prior to leaving.
- Transmission rates can affect the number of movers available.
- Distancing measures may increase times and limit friends and family helping with the move.
- Stimulus money could help with your move.
- Increase in demand can lead to long wait times.
The Bottom Line
Coronavirus is affecting everything we do, but life can’t be put on hold indefinitely. If you can mitigate risks and feel safe to do so there is no reason that a move to Colorado cannot go ahead at this unsettled time.
If you need a safety-conscious moving company to help make your move to Colorado as stress-free as possible, call us now and ask to get a quote.