Our Advice for Moving During COVID
It's no secret that our real estate market here in Dallas-Fort Worth has been extremely active, even during COVID. We have out-of-state buyers moving in. We have people deciding to purchase their "dream home" a little earlier than expected. We have first-time homebuyers taking advantage of the historically low interest rates.
We've helped dozens of sellers and buyers move since COVID began, so we have some advice on how to do it safely.
Do your research on moving companies
We have some great moving companies we can recommend who we know are taking special precautions to keep your belongings safe and clean during the move. If you're researching companies on your own, we'd recommend you ask them about their cleaning procedures and whether they have their own personal protection gear like masks and gloves. You may also want to look into companies' cancellation policies just in case plans change with your move.
Take your own sanitary precautions
In addition to ensuring the moving company has procedures in place, you'll also want to take some of your own precautions. Make hand sanitizer easily accessible in both the location you're moving from as well as where you're moving to. Disinfect all the frequently touched surfaces like light switches, door knobs, etc. Take cleaning supplies in your own vehicle instead of packing them up so you can access them easily and quickly.
Check into local guidelines for where you're moving to
Every state is handling things a little differently, and it can even differ from city to city within the same state. So, if you're moving to a different state or a different town, we'd recommend you check into what the local guidelines are as far as masks, gatherings, which businesses are allowed to operate, etc. Then you'll know what to expect when you get there.
Donate unwanted food & items
There are so many organizations right now who are working hard to serve those in our communities who have been affected monetarily by COVID. And we know they could use your donations of food, clothing, and more. So, when you're packing everything up, sort through all of your items and see if there's anything you can donate to help those organizations provide for those in need.
I think we've all learned to become very flexible the last few months, and you should continue that when preparing for your move. Prepare yourself that the move may look a little different than moves have before. If you're not feeling well the day of the move, try to postpone if possible to keep everyone else safe. Moving is always stressful, but moving during a global pandemic is even a little more stressful, so have patience with yourself and those around you!