Pizza and beer, anyone? It’s moving day!
Moving always has been a life event no one truly enjoys. It’s stressful, overwhelming, and time consuming even under the best of circumstances. However, add a global pandemic into the mix and in an instant your moving process becomes much more of a challenge.
Whatever has caused you to move, be mindful of how these new social distancing practices will affect you. More thought goes into the moving process than ever before.
Planning is key. There are several things you should have prepared prior to moving. Write yourself a to-do list and include some of these pandemic moving tips to get ready.
Moving Socially Distanced
First, analyze your situation. Where do you stand with your current lease? Are you at the end of a lease and your only concerns are moving and finding a place? Or do you need to sublet?
Whichever it is, reach out to your current landlord to see if there are any new regulations to the moving out process. If you are moving to a new apartment, you will want to contact your new property manager to see what their move in process is for its upcoming residents.
Ask plenty of questions! Make sure you know about their cleaning process and their social distancing methods for getting your new apartment ready to be moved in to.
Another aspect to consider, when moving out, is if you need to show your current apartment. What once was not a health concern, now is. Protect yourself, the potential new renter, and your roommates (if any) by wearing masks, conducting solo tours, or opting for a virtual tour.
There are many people who are in a similar transition. With the current moving situation most are very aware of that regulations vary from city to city. Therefore, unlike previous times, many are accepting of virtual tours and are having the lease signing process done virtually as well.
Next, finalize where you will be moving prior to booking your moving method. Have a final address to which all your belongings can be directly delivered with no worry of having to hold it somewhere and moving it again. The fewer the amount of moving transfers, the better!
Decide on your Moving Method
Prior to the day you are moving out, decide specifically on how you are going to move all of your belongings. Whether that be via a moving company, shipping, or renting a truck to do it yourself. Be clear on your moving out process so you can make the necessary arrangements.
Know the Regulations
Because of how each state was personally affected by this pandemic, each state has its distinct regulations and are in different post-pandemic phases. So do your research. Especially if you are moving out of the current state you are residing in. Educate yourself on how that state is handling moves and what specific guidelines you may need to keep in mind while moving.
Take all the Necessary Precautions
You’ve heard it from your mom, and now the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci, a million times, but we’re here to say it again. Sorry, not sorry. By far one of the most effective prevention methods you can take is to wash your hands. So, wash your hands!
The Center for Disease Control has global standard guidelines which we should all abide by:
Wash your hands frequently
Disinfect as often as possible
Maintain a social distance of 6 feet
Wear a mask when out running errands
If you are feeling sick, stay home
Make a Checklist
One of the benefits about moving out of an old place and into a new one is being able to look through all your current belongings. It gives you the opportunity to decide what you do and do not want to take with you to the new place.
Make a list of things you know you can’t live without, things you want to keep, and things you want to get rid of. Out with the old, and in with the new.
You’ve made it to the most important step, the day you actually move all of your belongings. Whether you are moving with a company, having your stuff shipped later, or renting a truck and moving by yourself, there are a number of new things to now consider on moving day.
Home Sweet Home
You have finally reached the best part of moving out. Moving in. There is nothing more satisfying than finally getting to start settling in to your new place, unpacking, and organizing.
By this point you should have already been in contact with your new landlord to make sure everything in your new place has been cleaned, disinfected, and ready for you to move in.