Safety First: Moving during COVID -19
It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought normal everyday life to a screeching halt both here in the US and overseas. Though most businesses, families, and individuals are following CDC and government guidelines, local and long-distance moves often cannot wait. But how does relocating during the Coronavirus pandemic work. Even more importantly, are moving companies still operating during these times? The following content will go into more detail and explain some different aspects of staying safe and moving during COVID-19.
Are moving companies’ essential businesses?
At this point in time, Three Men And A Truck has not noticed any significant shutdowns here in California. Although the closure of non-essential businesses varies by state, it’s possible that things may be different where you live. The bottom line is that moving dates are not flexible for everyone. For instance, if you have to be in another state by a certain date to start a new job or have already sold your home and are waiting for the closing date, you obviously don’t have a choice in the matter.
Rest assured, if you’ve already booked your move and has a scheduled pick-up date for your furniture and belongings, Three Men And A Truck will be there to assist in relocating to your destination. Granted, it’s difficult to determine what things will be like in another few months or so. However, if you haven’t heard anything from our company up to this point in time, you can safely assume that we will be assisting you when you’re moving during COVID-19 to your new location.
Is it imperative that you make the move now or in the immediate future?
In other words, is moving essential for you? If you do have some flexibility with your relocation date, you might want to consider rescheduling with us. Rest assured, it’s not that we don’t appreciate and want your business. However, being flexible with your moving date could make it easier on everyone, especially if you’re in one of the high-risk groups. From packing all your belongings, to moving to your new address, there are plenty of things that you need to do.
If you’re unable to postpone your moving date but have concerns about being exposed to the Coronavirus, you might want to consider a DIY move provided you are physically able to handle all the heavy lifting and can recruit the help you need. Needless to say, moving can be physically taxing and very stressful. Whether you’re just moving down the street or cross-country, you should still consider contacting Three Men And A Truck movers near you when moving during COVID-19.
What does the CDC have to say about moving during COVID-19?
Whether it’s imperative that you move according to your schedule or you can be more flexible with your relocation date is not the key issue here. Even though you’re allowed to move during the pandemic, it doesn’t mean you should. In other words, it may not be in your best interests to move as planned. More importantly, it may not be in the best interests of other individuals. Here are 6 questions that the CDC has recommended answering before doing any moving or traveling in the US:
- Are hospitals in the area you’re relocating to getting overwhelmed with patients?
- Are you or one of your immediate family members in the household in one of the high risk groups?
- During the 14-day period prior to moving during COVID-19, have you or any of your family members been in contact with others outside the home?
- Has the city you’re moving to classified moving companies as non-essential businesses or put restrictions on traveling?
- Have COVID-19 cases high or increasing in the community you’re moving to?
- How will you be traveling when Three Men And A Truck is taking care of your relocation? (If you’re traveling by bus, plane, or train, this will make social distancing impossible)
If your answer to any of these questions was “YES”, “MAYBE”, or “I’M NOT SURE”, you should consider postponing your move and reschedule at a later date. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. While we do appreciate your that you have chosen us to assist you when moving during COVID-19, we would much rather see you stay healthy and safe during these difficult times. Working with us, you are assured of our best safety practices at all times.
You can call us to schedule an in-house evaluation of your belongings that have to be relocated. We’ll consider all your specific requirements before we provide you with a detailed written moving estimate. For more information about moving during the Coronavirus pandemic, call Three Men And A Truck today and speak with a company representative.