As we navigate our way through this coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, many of our daily routines and plans have changed quite drastically. When it comes to moving homes, this can certainly be confusing and result in a lot of uncertainty as to whether you can keep your appointment scheduled and settle into your new space.
It is important to stay up to date on the latest developments and restrictions. This may require flexibility when it comes to moving dates. For example, if you’re moving from Boston to New York and one of these cities has new restrictions on going outside of the home and non-essential travel, that’s something you need to take into account.
How to Move During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Should I Move During the Coronavirus Pandemic?
Though you may be ready to move and have everything already scheduled, it’s important to follow the advisories and regulations that your local and federal governments put forth. We’re constantly monitoring the situation as well, and we’ll communicate with you if this will affect your move that is scheduled with Isaac’s Moving and Storage.
If you notice that you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus or you’ve been exposed to someone who has the coronavirus, follow the guidelines of the CDC and stay home (except to get medical care) and stay away from others. If you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should contact your healthcare provider.
Disinfecting Your Household
The CDC recommends that you clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes surfaces like doorknobs, light switches, and handles. You should use disposable gloves when cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces (and discarding the gloves right after cleaning). Clean your hands immediately after disposing of your gloves.
For more information on how to clean your household surfaces, click here.
Tips for Moving During the Coronavirus
Limit exposure to your movers. If you can, try to avoid any direct contact with your movers. Work everything out beforehand. Leave specific instructions, and vacate the premises before they arrive.
High Risk? Consider canceling your move if you are in a high-risk group.
Avoid recycled moving boxes. Since the coronavirus can remain on surfaces including cardboard, it is better to use boxes you already have. Or purchase brand new boxes that packaged. Disinfect after taking out of packaging.
Provide your movers with plenty of soap and hand sanitizer. Leave out hand sanitizer in each room. And provide extra towels and soap in the bathrooms for your movers to wash away any and all coronavirus.
Consider storage as a backup. Since moving dates can change, especially now during the coronavirus crisis, you may want a portable container to store your belongings in case the dates change and your left without a place temporarily.
As mentioned earlier, there is new information every day regarding what regulations your city is implementing, so you should check your local news outlets and check the website of your city government to see updates that can change the schedule of your local moving appointment. If strict restrictions are implemented in your local area (or your destination area), then you may need to postpone your moving date.
How Isaac’s Moving & Storage is Working to Ensure Your Safety During COVID-19
We’re observing all CDC guidelines and regulations related to COVID-19, and are doing everything we can to take necessary precautions. All of our movers and essential personnel are equipped with cleaning materials and disinfectants. The health of our movers is also assessed and ensured on the morning of any move.
If any of our movers are showing any symptoms whatsoever, they are sent home right away. We want to stress that we are staying vigilant and working tirelessly to ensure your safety.
We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and are assessing the specific situations in every jurisdiction that we operate in. We’re committed to doing everything we possibly can, and we’re working on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding your move, please contact us and we will do our best to assess the situation and provide you with updates. Please remember to follow the CDC guidelines and we wish you health and safety during this tough time.