Moving is stressful in and of itself, but throw a global pandemic into the mix and it’s understandable if your stress and anxiety go through the roof. In the time of COVID-19, individuals must approach every situation, no matter how commonplace, with extreme caution and care. This includes moving. If you’re feeling uncertain amount your impending move, and if you just want to get the whole ordeal over with in an as safe and efficient manner as possible, heed these top tips from interior designers Newport Beach.
Ask Yourself if the Move Is Really Necessary
Most people don’t move for the sake of moving, but on the off chance that your move is not necessary (meaning you have flexibility with your moving dates), consider postponing the move until there’s more certainty in the world. An “essential move” is one that is triggered by the sale of a house, the purchase of a new home or an eviction. A non-essential move is one that you voluntarily make because, say, you do not like your roommate or because you no longer want to live with your parents.
Manage Your Expectations
Pre-COVID-19, it would have been the norm to ask your friends, family and neighbors to gather for a moving party. You may also have already had your interior designer Pacific Palisades do several walk-throughs of your new home to get to work on designing a space that is 100% you prior to move-in day. While you may still be able to count on your best friend, sister and parents to help out with the heavy lifting, don’t take it personally if anyone declines your invitation to help. Even though social distancing measures are lifting, people are still wary of the virus and the very real potential for it to spread.
Complete All Paperwork Online
If you’ve dealt with a moving company before, you know that there is a lot of paperwork involved. Paper and pens change a lot of hands, and with each person one or the other goes through, the risk of spreading the virus goes up. Don’t take a chance that you’ll catch something from your inventory list. Complete as much paperwork online as possible prior to moving day.
The same goes with any new housing paperwork you need to fill out. Whether you’re signing the lease for a new apartment or completing the closing documents on your new home, ask if you can do it online.
Ask About Processes and Procedures
Moving companies, like all other businesses, have an obligation to keep their workers and their customers safe. For many moving companies, this may entail adopting new processes and procedures for interacting with customers and handling their possessions. Err on the side of caution, though, and ask questions.
How often is the moving company monitoring movers’ health? Does the company require movers to wear masks, gloves and suits? Will the company inquire about your health prior to moving day, so as to keep its workers safe? The company’s answers to your questions can tell you a lot about its commitment to your safety as well as the level of customer service you can expect going forward.
From finding interior designers near me to selecting the right moving company, you have a lot to do and think about before the big day. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any of your needs.