Readying for Moving Day in the time of COVID

The last push.

You’ve planned, organized, and checked (and rechecked) the details.  You’ve packed the seldom used, seasonal, and non-critical items.  The last boxes on the moving truck or in the pod should hold all bedding and be marked as such (mattress pads, sheets, blankets, pillows).  And as soon as the beds are set up, make them.  There’s nothing worse than trying to locate bedding to make beds when you’re exhausted after a long and tiring day.   You’ve confirmed all the details with the moving company and understand all the safety and health precautions necessary under COVID.   If you’re moving a good distance away, make sure the car is in good shape for travel.  Also, be aware of any travel restrictions and quarantine requirements at your new location.  If you’re required to quarantine upon arrival, plan to have groceries and other necessities delivered to your new home. Clean out the safe deposit box at your local bank.  Refill prescriptions.  Pack your suitcases with enough clothes for each family member to wear for a few days.

Ready, set, go.

If your refrigerator is moving with you, make sure to empty, clean, and defrost it at least 24 hours before moving day.  If you haven’t already arranged credit card payment with the movers, get a money order or cashier’s check as many movers will not accept personal checks on the day of a move.  And don’t forget cash to tip; 10-15% of the total fee is considered a good tip so have cash to pay each mover individually. Remove all valuables from the home including a safe and store securely in your car.   Create a “survival pack” with medications, snacks, small toys, and games for kids, water, hand sanitizer, PPE, etc. for the day of the move.   Take an inventory of all your boxed items and any larger items.  Before the movers leave, sign the bill of lading/inventory list and keep a copy.

Moving is a stressful transition.  Plan for the worst and hope for the best!