Moving During a Pandemic: 5 Things You MUST Know

There are plenty of reasons to move.

While some people want a change of scenery, others are looking to relocate to a more affordable area. Now that many apartment buildings are offering good discounts for new residents as well as virtual viewings, this could be a great opportunity to finally take that leap and try something new. Though moving is surely exciting, it can be particularly anxiety-inducing during a global pandemic.

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However, it doesn’t have to be daunting. With the right game plan and checklist, you can have a safe and seamless move. 

Check out these tips on how to move during a pandemic. 

First Things First, “Marie Kondo” Your Stuff

Moving is a great chance to downsize. During the packing process, you should draw inspiration from Japanese organizational guru Marie Kondo and get rid of any clothes, shoes, or items that don’t “spark joy.” Getting organized is the key!

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If you haven’t used an item for more than six months, chances are that it doesn’t spark joy and so thus, it’s time to let it go. You can also use this as an opportunity to give back to your community by donating anything you no longer need. In addition to downsizing, you should organize your belongings into two categories: what you are planning on bringing to your new spot and what you’ll be placing in storage. By planning in advance, you will be reducing your stress levels for the day of the move. 

Reach Out To Your Movers In Advance 

With the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have instituted rules and regulations to ensure the safety of their employees and customers. Just so there are no surprises, you should reach out to your movers in advance and discuss their safety practices and concerns.

A crucial part of life now is being very transparent with whoever you’re working with. If you or anyone in your household are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, you should let your moving company know as soon as possible. Though they may still be able to complete their tasks, they may institute a few more safety measures.  

Research The Current Regulations of Your New City

Across the United States, different cities, towns, and counties have varying rules regarding COVID-19. To reduce stress and anxiety, you will want to have a head’s up about what is different in your new location. Before you move, take a look at your new city’s government website for updates on rules and which businesses have reopened or closed. 

Find Your New Physician 

Moving to a new city can get really complicated, especially if you have to do some research on moving truck rentals, PODS and other moving logistical items. It’s easy to forget to do a specific errand or task. But there are some things you should try your best to remember to do no matter what. Especially during a pandemic, it’s important to have a good understanding of your healthcare situation in your new city. To prepare for an emergency, research the closest hospitals and healthcare providers.

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It’s possible to avoid going to the hospital for non-emergency reasons by setting up a virtual consultation with a physician. With telehealth companies, you don’t have to worry about going to the pharmacy for regular prescriptions. These companies can provide online doctor consultations and treatments for everything from birth control to acne treatment.  

Finish Packing  Soon!

During the days before your move, you should try to do as much in advance as possible. Have your boxes packed and ready to go for at least a day before the movers arrive.

Though the movers may be wearing masks and have their own sanitizer, provide your own sanitizing supplies just in case. You can leave hygiene products by the door and soap and paper towels at your kitchen sink. If you’re running low on supplies, you should notify your movers so they bring extra hygiene products.  On the day of your move, you will be interacting with people outside of your household. That’s why it’s important that you wear your mask during the whole process. 

Final Thoughts

Moving can both be exciting and anxiety-inducing. The key to ensuring that you don’t get overwhelmed is to plan in advance. With the pandemic, things that used to be relatively simple have become complicated. However, if you’re organized and thoughtful throughout the process, it won’t be too stressful. Just remember that all these steps can help you protect yourself and others. Get ready for a thrilling new chapter.