If you need to move to a new location, you may be wondering if it’s possible during quarantine. Our simple answer is: yes.
Below, we’ll go more in depth, explaining reasons why you may need to move, what steps you should take to ensure you’ll be safe during the move, and more.
Reasons for Moving During the Coronavirus
During quarantine, all essential services have been suspended. You may be asking yourself, “Is moving an essential service?” The answer is yes, for several reasons.
You’re ultimately the best judge of whether or not you need to move during the coronavirus. However, there are a number of different situations that may require you to live in a different area. These reasons can include finding a job to support yourself and getting out of a messy home situation.
In most areas, evictions have been suspended, so you shouldn’t need to move. If you’re wondering whether or not evictions have been suspended in your area, you can see this list here.
Check Local Regulations
The first step to moving during the coronavirus is ensuring that your specific situation allows you to move. Although moving is an essential service, you may not be allowed to move if your area is on lockdown. This has been the case in some New York apartment buildings, for instance.
Follow Normal Quarantine Procedures
Just as you would when normally going out, it’s recommended that you cover your mouth with something like a scarf or a bandana. Proper covering helps protect you and the people around you from contracting the virus.
While medical masks are also effective, it’s not recommended that civilians use them unless they already have them, since this can take equipment away from the people who need them.
When possible, you should also maintain six feet of distance from other people.
Cleaning During the Move
Close contact with others is the easiest way of catching Covid-19, but the CDC also states that “Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure of prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.”
This means it pays to be prepared before your move. We understand that cleaning supplies can be difficult to come by, but luckily you don’t need to disinfect everything. Instead, you should make sure to disinfect any surfaces that are most likely to be touched, like doorknobs and light switches.
You should also disinfect boxes, which you and the moving crew are both going to be handling.
Once all of that has been done, the main concern is helping the moving crew touch as little as possible. This means leaving doors open for them, so they don’t have to touch as many surfaces.
Once you’ve moved into your new home, it’s advised that you disinfect all of the most commonly touched surfaces.
Looking for a Moving Company?
Interwest Moving is here to help. For years, we’ve been helping people just like you relocate. As a member of Atlas Van Lines, we’re well-equipped to help you with whatever your moving situation is.
We’ve been following all precautions during quarantine. If you have any questions, please take a look at our COVID-19 Updates and FAQ page.
If you have any additional questions about moving during the coronavirus or you’re ready to get a free quote, contact us today for a free quote.