Since Covid-19 has become part of our lives in early 2020, nearly everything has become much more complicated. After all we now have to put on a mask, carry our sanitizer and keep six feet apart just to run in the store to buy milk! While relocating, whether for work or pleasure, was never easy, it is now an even more complex process. Not only are you essentially picking up your entire life and moving it hundreds or even thousands of miles, you now have to worry about keeping yourself safe from a virus about which there just isn’t enough information. While relocating right now may not be what you’d ideally love to do, we’ve put together five tips that will make the process a bit smoother and hopefully safer.
Plan Ahead and Purchase Needed Items
You may not think about it, but when you’re moving there are a lot of purchases you will need to make. You’ll need cleaning supplies to get your old home clean as well as make your new place feel safe enough to move in. Plus, now you probably want to purchase new cardboard boxes or tubs, rather than picking up used boxes--just to be safe. A lot of these items can be harder to find than ever before. Some certain cleaning products are in short supply during the pandemic and many people are moving right now so new boxes aren’t always readily available locally. Buying these ahead of time is a smart idea so you do not wind up struggling to find a needed item at the last minute. Finally, if you will need furniture or appliances at your new place order as soon as possible. There are often multi week or month waits for these items to be delivered right now.
Organize and Declutter
As soon as you can, start organizing and decluttering your belongings. The less stuff you have to move, the easier your move will be. One thing to keep in mind during these Covid times is that it can be more difficult to get rid of your unwanted items than it was previously. Check around to see if your local charities are accepting donations or not. It may be that there are specific hours or protocols that you need to follow to donate unwanted clothing, furniture and housewares. Another option is to set things by the street and posting a “curb alert” on Craigslist or Facebook, if this is allowed in your community. This is an easy, no contact, no way for you to get rid of your clutter and someone else to pick up items they may need.
Research Movers Carefully
Researching moving companies is something always recommended when moving or relocating. After all, when you are trusting your entire life with a company you would like to know they are reliable and trustworthy. However, now you want to know that the moving company is following proper Covid-19 procedures too. Don’t be afraid to call them and discuss what precautions they take to protect you and your family from Covid. Do the employees have vaccines if this is available in your area? Will the movers be masked and handle things with gloves? Will they take any extra precautions if you request? A good company will be happy to answer your questions and take your concerns seriously.
Consider the Convenience of Self-Storage
When you are moving during the pandemic, check out the options for self storage near you. This is a great way to make your relocation much easier and safer. Many moving and storage facilities offer contact free rental options that help you feel safe. You can store many of your possessions that you do not need immediately in one of these storage units. In doing this, you make the immediate moving process much easier and smoother. Just like you would with the movers, call around and check out the Covid-19 procedures these storage facilities are following to make sure they are meeting or exceeding your expectations. However, most of the major companies seem to be going the extra mile to keep their customers and their possessions safe and secure during these trying times.
Talk to Your Realtor About New Options for Buying and Selling
When it comes time to sell your existing home and buy a new place, you will find that there are more options for the sales process available than there ever was before. You may be able to look at homes without ever having to visit in person--or at least until you feel very confident about the purchase. When it comes to selling your house, having buyers in to tour your home can be a very scary prospect. If it is possible to wait until the house is vacant that would be ideal. It is a seller’s market in many places so it could work out well if you can get in your new place first. However, if selling your home first is a must make sure your realtor is willing to follow Covid protocols and do virtual showings for buyers to make sure they are interested before they come out to see the home in person.
While relocating is never easy, and can be especially hard today in our world that is constantly full of Coronavirus worries, the process doesn’t have to overwhelm you. If you think a relocation is on the horizon, start today with preparing things. Declutter, store any items you do not need immediately and work at getting your home ready to go on the market. When you are prepared for the relocation ahead of time, the actual process will go much smoother and you can spend your energy focusing on keeping yourself and your family safe. Mask up, sanitize and you will make it through this difficult transition with no problem.