The COVID-19 pandemic has turned many of our lives upside down over the last year. Many of us are now working from home full time, our kids are completing school virtually, we have grown accustomed to masks and the concept of socially distancing. COVID has also impacted the housing market, restaurants, retail stores, and even the moving industry. Virtually all businesses have had to adapt quickly to this new reality and incorporate new safety procedures into their business model to stay open during this difficult time.
COVID-19 Safety Measures during a Move
The housing market in many parts of the country is actually still very hot. Home sales are steady and interest rates are low and because many people can work from home long term, the trend of moving from big cities to the suburbs is taking shape. This means that there is an opportunity for moving companies to thrive as well. But it is important that moving companies meet the moment in terms of offering safe ways to help clients move without additional risk of contracting COVID-19. If you are considering a move and are doing research on moving companies to help you during the pandemic, you should ask about the following services to help keep you and your family safe:
- Virtual estimates: In the past, moving companies would come to your home before your move and give you an estimate of what it would cost them to move your belongings from your current location to your future home. Now, because it is important to reduce contact to limit the spread of COVID-19, many moving companies are moving to virtual estimates, to protect the staff of your moving company and your family. You can ask to give the company a virtual tour of your home/belongings so that the estimate is as accurate as possible.
- Social distancing during the move: Health experts continue to recommend that social distancing and mask-wearing are excellent ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. When it comes to a move, companies may ask you to stay in a different room than the movers so that both you and the staff can stay safe. You will likely be asked to keep your phone close by at all times for questions. If you choose to box your belongings yourself, you may be asked to complete this before the movers arrive, to minimize interaction.
- Cleaning protocols: Many moving companies have implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting protocols for their moving trucks and equipment. Staff should be wearing masks and gloves as well.
All Points Moving & Storage has been a leader in putting into place procedures to keep you and your family safe during your move. For more information about our COVID-19 moving services, call us at 866-421-9490.