In this time of uncertainty, moving can be even more stressful than it usually is. Keep these strategies and tips in mind when moving or making the decision to move during COVID-19.
Is This Move “Essential”?
Try to work with your current realtor or landlord to see if your move can be pushed back to a later date. If you’re buying a new home, it may be easier to delay your move since you don’t need to coordinate with a previous homeowner. If your move can’t be extended past your current or future residency’s stay-at-home orders, know that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has designated the moving industry as essential during COVID-19 restrictions. Moving companies can decide on a case-by-case basis whether they choose to remain open right now.
Hiring a Moving Company
Even if a moving company is offering its full services, take the time to research the health and safety measures they’re taking to help protect their workers and customers. Most businesses should have COVID-19 updates published on their site; you can also call moving companies to receive more in-depth information about:
- Virtual estimates
- Regular health screenings of employees
- Personal protective equipment for employees
- Frequent use of sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer
Can’t Find a Moving Company?
Unfortunately, you may not be able to find the right moving company in your area that is still providing its services. Or, maybe you simply want to be extra cautious and move on your own.
There are many options—you just need to decide which one is right for you. You can use your own vehicle to move or rent a moving truck, which would limit contact with others. You could also move your necessities on your own and leave the rest in temporary storage until you’re comfortable with hiring a moving company.
After the Move
Be sure to deep clean your new home once you have moved in and check with your local government agencies to see what your new social distancing guidelines are. Find your nearest grocery stores and pharmacies and research their current policies.
We hope these tips help you feel more comfortable and safe during your upcoming move. HND Realty LLC is currently taking the necessary precautions to effectively and safely assist our clients. If you’re still looking for the right home in the Nashville area, we can help. Contact us today to virtually review available properties.