Due to Covid-19, citizens must adopt social distancing, conform to travel bans, and remain in their homes. Moving companies are flooded with questions from people who planned to relocate their home and are now stuck. If you’re in such a situation, we’ll now explain what you can do, how you can adapt, and what your options are.
Is your move essential?
During this pandemic, you can only travel if it’s essential. Local officials should have already provided explanations about when travel is allowed. Usually, you can leave your home for the following:
- Outside exercise,
- To buy groceries and supplies,
- To take care of your family,
- For health reasons.
Unfortunately, moving your home is not included in the list. If you’ve planned a move, it’s recommended you reschedule. This is to prevent Covid-19 from spreading and to keep your family and yourself safe.
These being said, in some cities, moves are among the list of essential activities, so we recommend you ask the local authorities if you’d like to proceed. Perhaps you cannot reschedule your relocation for various reasons. Your lease could be almost done or you could have sold your house already and need to leave the premises soon.
Can you still use moving services?
Fortunately, if you’re in such a situation, there are still moving services available. Movers are still working in every state. You can also transport your vehicle through door to door auto transport services.
Moving and auto transport companies aren’t forced to close their business unless they decide to. If you have a move scheduled with a company, then it’s probably still in effect. If you’re worried, you can call them and check.
If you’ve yet to schedule a move but wish to proceed, then you need to be careful. It’s good to ask the representative that’s helping you with the project what safety precautions will be taken. You should make sure the company isn’t cutting corners.
Here at A-1 Auto Transport, we are proud to announce that we're still operating during Covid-19.
Safety and your health come first
Even before the pandemic, safety was professional mover’s first priority. Now, each company must take extra measures to ensure its clients and employees don’t put their health at risk. Some of the measures movers might take are:
- Give employees hand sanitizers;
- In order to provide a quote and maintain social distancing, they may make virtual surveys instead of coming to your house in person;
- Make sure employees have gloves and masks;
- Screen regularly for symptoms;
- Clean areas with high traffic, as well as the equipment, trucks, and offices;
- Offer free storage in case you haven’t had time to finish your new house.
How to prepare for a move
Good planning will play a big role in reducing problems during your move, especially when a virus alert is in place. You will want to avoid making too many trips to the store, so you should double check your list of boxes and packing materials. Get advice on how much to prepare and bring a bit extra to avoid complications.
A few steps you can follow are:
- Speak to the moving company. You may want to confirm one more time that the move will proceed as planned and check for any changes. Companies are adapting as new information about the virus is released, so it’s important to stay notified of changes.
- Keep your shopping trips to a minimum. To avoid catching the virus, it’s best to minimize your trips to various stores. However, you’ll need a lot of materials for the move. Make sure you have a clear list of everything you need, and check if the store has them before going.
- Clean what you move. If you have a bit of time, it can be an excellent investment to clean your belongings as you’re packing them. You may not have time to do it when taking them back. This way, you’ll avoid moving dust and bacteria along with everything else.
- Pack on time. Covid-19 may last for as long as a day on cardboard boxes. The moving team will have gloves and masks, but you can also do your part by finishing packing early. Even if no signs are present, it’s in everyone’s best interest to be cautious.
If you anyone is showing symptoms, you can save lives just by being transparent and informing the movers. If you’re in isolation due to having been exposed, it’s important to let them know.
You should also have hygiene products readily available. A hand sanitizer, paper towels, and soap will give everyone more peace of mind. Avoid free or recycled moving boxes, since they may be contaminated.
If you’re over 60 years old, have bad health, and are at risk of developing complications in case of a Covid-19 infection, we recommend you postpone the move. However, please make a decision as early as possible, so you won’t leave the movers hanging at the last minute. If do so, you can attract late cancellation fees.
Finally, if you want to travel, make sure you can cancel the flight and hotel reservations at any moment. The future is unpredictable, so you it’s best not to make any firm commitments regarding moves.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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