The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major changes to nearly all of our lives. But on top of the pandemic—and often because of the pandemic—many people face the daunting task of relocating.

With the additional challenges of moving during COVID-19, there are a few things you can do ahead of time to make sure everyone stays safe and the move goes smoothly. Here we will go over some tips to plan, pack, and prepare for moving during COVID-19.

Planning the Move

One of the first steps of moving is to get a moving quote. To minimize in-person contact, companies now offer virtual quotes. At the time of your quote, you will use your phone camera to show your home, so make sure your phone is charged, the Wi-Fi connection is stable, and the lighting is bright. This will help you get an accurate estimate of the moving cost.

The next step is to contact the moving company to reserve a time to move and discuss best practices for moving during COVID-19. While most moving companies are still operating during the pandemic, they may have specific safety regulations. You will also want to discuss their flexibility in case someone gets exposed to COVID-19 or has symptoms. By communicating with the movers beforehand, you will avoid unexpected hurdles on moving day.

Packing Safely

When it comes to packing for a move, it is a good idea to take extra precautions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. To decrease the chances of exposure, get all of your packing supplies in just one trip by calculating beforehand how many boxes, how much tape, etc., you will need. Then, while you pack, wear a mask and gloves, and clean your items as you pack them. 

Once everything is packed, wipe down and disinfect the outside of the boxes and items that the movers will be handling. Since research shows that the COVID-19 virus can live on cardboard surfaces for up to 14 hours, finish packing at least 24 hours in advance to give adequate time for your boxes to sit untouched.

Final Preparations

Once you are packed and everything is arranged for the moving company to come, there are a few last-minute preparations you can do. Ensure a safe and comfortable process by having hand sanitizer and wipes available for all helping with the move. In addition, be sure to pay attention to how you are feeling and confirm that nobody is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms

With Pacific Palms Apartment Homes as your moving destination, you can be assured that your new apartment has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before your arrival. One of our core values is taking care of your health, and we do our best to make your moving in safe. Moving during COVID-19 is not ideal, but with these precautions and our care, you will be prepared for a safe and smooth moving process.