Moving, either locally or internationally, is a rather complicated process. It requires a lot of our time, energy and of course, money.
However, when you add moving during the coronavirus pandemic to your moving list, things get a lot more complex and stressful. And, why? Because now, you do not only have to worry about packing and relocating but also about your health.
Moreover, trying to move during the lockdown and all that social distancing seems like a mission impossible.
But, do not worry, that is why we are here. We will share with you some tips and guidelines for moving during the coronavirus pandemic that will keep you safe. Thus, if interested, keep on reading.
Start With Moving Preparations ASAP!
Every relocation requires detailed planning and preparation! However, when trying to move during the coronavirus pandemic, your plan must be even thorough! That is the only way to make sure everything goes smoothly and safely.
First, we advise you to reconsider your decision to move! If there is a possibility for you to postpone your relocation – do it! Now is not the best time for buying a home, nor for real estate investing.
However, if moving at this particular moment is of key importance, start planning ahead of time. Put everything on the paper – date, budget, agencies you plan on using, additional services you may need, paperwork you must acquire, etc. Then, make a moving plan accordingly.
Plan as much as possible and as soon as possible. If you are moving with your family, try to include them in the process too. The faster you finish – the better.
Whatever you do, just make sure you put your health first!
Find Your New Home Before Moving
Finding your new home before moving is a must! And why is that? Well, just imagine how much time, energy, and money you will need when having to keep your belongings in a storage unit and live in a hotel while trying to purchase your new home.
Moreover, imagine how many people you will have to be in contact with while doing all of this too.
So, do yourself a favor and find your new home before moving. Research the market. Go online and search for available homes in your preferred area. Check all the listings.
If, however, you experience some difficulties while trying to find your new home, consider hiring a real estate agent. This kind of professional will be able to find you a home that suits your needs and your budget in no time.
And, the best part is, most of this work can be done online. You can talk to homeowners and real estate agents over the phone or over skype, you can sign papers online, you can even tour the house digitally. So, take advantage of that and you will save your health and the health of people around you.
Hire a Moving Agency
After finding a new home, it is time to prepare for the actual moving process. And, like always, you will have two options – to move by yourself or to hire a moving agency to help you out.
The first option may seem better right now, during the coronavirus pandemic, as you will be in contact with fewer people.
However, you will have safety with your movers too! Not only will they relocate you safely and properly but they will also make sure you do not get in contact with anyone.
Be sure that movers will handle everything moving-related, and you will not have to lift a finger. But, it is important to work out a plan with your movers to make sure you are all on the same page as many things will be different now.
Moreover, we advise you to book a moving agency as soon as possible too. That way, you will have enough time to prepare for your safe moving day. Remember that Florida has to offer reputable movers, that is, each state has to offer reputable movers. So, get some recommendations or look for them online as soon as you set your moving day.
Clean as You Pack
Cleaning all your belongings before packing and then doing the same when unpacking seems tiresome, we agree. However, during this coronavirus pandemic, this step is absolutely necessary if you want to stay protected. Do not try to skip is.
Buy some cleaning and sanitizing products and clean and disinfect each item you plan on putting in your boxes. Do the same when unboxing too. Just make sure that the cleaning products you buy have alcohol in them for the best results.
This will be a great opportunity for you to clean the items or places you have been postponing for months or even years. For example, those items can be pots of the pans, insides of your lamps, etc.
Follow the 24h Rule
If you have followed the news, you probably heard everything the doctors and scientists had to say about this particular virus. But, just in case, let us remind you of one thing – coronavirus can live on different surfaces for a long time.
That means that it can be on your cardboard boxes, on door knows, on light switches, etc. Because of that, you must constantly disinfect all the items you touch, you must wash your hands constantly, and as previously said, you must sanitize your items before and after packing them.
However, we also advise you to follow the ’24 Hour Rule’. That is after your movers have unloaded your items, try not to open any box nor touch any piece of furniture for 24 hours. That way, you will be absolutely sure that the virus did not enter your new home.