Let’s be honest: Moving now will be more challenging than it was before the pandemic. That hasn’t stopped people from moving, though. In fact, more people moved in 2020 than in 2019. According to a 2020 survey of data from the US Postal Service, temporary change-of-address requests were up nearly 27 percent from 2019. Also, permanent changes of address in 2020 were up 1.94 percent from the previous year. 

If you’re ready to make a move now, you can still do it, as long as you’re prepared. Here are some tips on how to move during the coronavirus pandemic:

Do Your Research

Millions of Americans moved in 2020, despite the growing pandemic. To make your move as easy as possible, though, it’s essential to plan ahead and research how you’re going to move and where you’re moving.

  • Check in advance to ensure you have all the supplies you need. Give yourself plenty of time to find alternate suppliers in case your local store is out of boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc.
  • If you’re using a storage facility, make sure you know what the hours are. Many facilities have changed their hours during the pandemic.
  • Are you hiring a moving company? Talk to a representative to ensure you understand the COVID policies, paperwork, and sanitation procedures. Chances are that these policies and procedures have changed in the past year. For example, U-Haul now offers contactless services.
  • Check with your current and future landlords about safety guidelines that could impact your move timeline.

Go Virtual

Companies and apartment complexes are making it as easy as possible to book your move and find somewhere to live without taking a health risk. A simple online search for virtual quotes for moving comes up with thousands of results, from Allied Van Lines to Unpakt, to Two Men and a Truck. 

If you haven’t settled on a new apartment, that’s simple to find online, too. You can check out our floor plans online, check availability, and apply in 15 minutes or less. 

Be Courteous

Taking some simple precautions and providing a few hygiene supplies will keep you and everyone helping you relocate safely. 

  • If you’re feeling sick, contact your moving company and anyone helping you move right away.
  • Keep soap and paper towels at the sink so people can wash their hands.
  • Provide hand sanitizer throughout your home, so it’s easy to find and use.
  • Use new moving boxes or boxes you already had in your home.
  • Sanitize high-touch areas.
  • Keep doors or windows open so air is continuously circulating.

As millions of Americans know, moving during coronavirus is possible with the right preparation. All you need to do is consider your risks, do your research, go virtual, and be courteous for a safe and seamless move. If you’re looking for a high-quality apartment with first-class service in the Garden Grove area, give us a call at (714) 770-8169. At Solara Apartment Homes, we offer a host of contactless services, from e-leases to work order requests, so our residents and staff are as safe as possible.