How to move across the country during quarantine

Moving is a chance to start all over again in a brand new place. This is when people get to bid goodbye to their old living space and literally move on. Under the best of circumstances, moving is hard. In these days of a worldwide pandemic, moving poses special challenges that can seem quite daunting. Planning a move now must mean being aware of how best to prevent all members of the household from becoming infected with the coronavirus. It also means preventing all those involved with the move from coming down with the illness. The last thing anyone moving wants is for a member of their team to be stricken with this highly infectious and often deadly disease. While all moves involve a lot of details, a move across the country is one of the hardest moves to manage. In the age of the pandemic, anyone who is planning this kind of move needs to be aware of specific factors that may have an impact on their lives.

Getting it All In Place

Under the present pandemic, people face all sorts of restrictions. Some states have stay-in-place orders. This means that people are expected to stay home unless they are doing certain things. Moving means having moving supplies on hand. Anyone who is planning a move needs to ensure they have enough supplies to pack and keep things in place as they move. A move across the country often needs even more supplies. The person moving often has a longer move that takes not just hours but even days to fully complete. This means having supplies that can hold up for a long time and protect the owner’s valuable goods.

A person planning a cross country move should be aware of what rules are in place right now in their home state and their intended destination. They should also keep in mind moving supplies can be found in stores that may still be open. For example, national superstores like Target and Wal Mart not only sell food. They also sell other kinds of items such as duct tape and moving boxes. Someone with sewing skills can head to the notion section and improvise their own custom moving supplies. Many movers also provide moving supplies or sell them as part of their package of services. This means a person moving does not have to worry the local hardware store is closed.

Arranging Transport and Storage

Transportation options may be limited right now. A moving company may only be operating at partial rather than full capacity. Some of their workers may be sick. Some states are allowing movers to operate while others may not consider movers an essential service allowed to operate during a pandemic. At the same time, other states may have more options. If you’re not having success getting movers in your local area, consider working with a national company who has cross-state capabilities. Some movers may be able to come from their location to your present home state.

Storage can be equally tricky. A long distance move often requires lots of stops. During this time, your important items need to be protected from the elements and possible theft. If staying at a hotel during the move, ask about protection options. Some hotels have storage facilities while others have a gated parking lot intended to protect their guests.

Now is the time to make sure you have enough cleaning supplies. You’ll want to have items like bleach on hand to wash down all surfaces as you travel. You’ll also want to have masks for everyone in your party. If you can’t find them on the shelves, you can make your own. Ask the mover if they have their own personal protection equipment. Anyone handling your items should be wearing gloves. As you move across the country, see if you see more protective equipment. Stock up if you can before you arrive. Your final destination may not have the supplies you need.

Items like medications may also be in short supply in certain areas of the country. Lay in a supply of the things you really need like medications and baby supplies. Having everything you need before you begin makes your move easier.

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