Are you planning a move in Fauquier County or greater Northern Virginia? Moving during a pandemic presents unique challenges, but with careful planning, you can reduce your risks and pull off a smooth transition to your new place.
If you’re still house-hunting, stay patient, and manage your expectations. While some people are delaying moves during Covid, the Northern Virginia real estate market is hotter than ever and it may take longer than you think to find a new home.
Check out our moving safety tips below and contact our local mortgage lenders if you need help with a home loan!
Before Moving Day
Now is not the time to procrastinate finding movers. Amidst the general upheaval of the pandemic, demand for movers has increased as people decide to relocate, return home, or simply get a bigger space. So call around early to ensure you can book your desired date.
- If you are moving out of and/or into an apartment building, double-check their general and Covid-specific moving policies.
- Look for no-contact moving services in your area. Even if they advertise “no-contact” on their website, confirm that your movers will follow CDC guidelines and basic safety protocols such as social distancing, wearing a mask, etc.
- Compare estimates from more than one moving company before making a choice.
- Once you have a moving company picked out, make sure to ask about their cancellation and/or rescheduling policies. With so much uncertainty around seemingly everything these days, your move could get delayed and you don’t want to be on the hook for that financially.
- Inquire about completing any necessary paperwork online before your moving day. This will be one less thing to worry about and check off your list. Doing as much digitally as possible also reduces your risk of interacting too closely with movers.
- Prepare for packing by going through your belongings and creating piles to purge, donate, and sell. Whatever’s left is what you want to actually spend time and money on packing and transporting to your new place. Getting rid of as much as possible before your move will make things go faster, reduce the amount of packing and unpacking you have to do, and decrease the risk of transferring germs to your new home. Just check with local donation drop off points to see if anything has changed in light of Covid.
On Moving Day
Many people report moving as being one of the most stressful life events. Add the stress of a pandemic and this moving day could be the most stressful one ever. However, some advance preparation and same-day common sense can go a long way toward easing your mind on moving day.
- Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from your movers at all times or as much as possible.
- Mask up yourself and your family, along with the moving crew.
- If the weather permits, keep windows open in both your old space and new one while the movers are working.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and “high touch” points in your new home after the movers leave.
- Wash your hands frequently during moving day and ask if you can tip digitally rather than using cash.
- Buy moving boxes new, if you can, instead of getting used boxes from the liquor store and other secondhand sources.
Additional Pandemic Moving Tips
Of course, the process of moving continues beyond the day your stuff was transported from one space to another. As you unpack and settle in, follow these tips to stay safe.
- Hire a professional to deep clean and disinfect your new home before you settle in. Many cleaning companies are offering special Covid disinfecting services now.
- Continue to mask up and practice social distancing with any contractors or utility employees who need to come into your new house.
- Ask any visitors, including friends and family, to sanitize or wash their hands upon arrival.
- Regularly clean high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, cabinets handles, bathrooms, floors, etc.
- You may want to quarantine for two weeks after your move just in case, especially if anyone in your extended family is in a high-risk group.
Moving during COVID-19? TFB can help.
We’ve been serving our Northern Virginia customers through good times and bad since 1902. If you need to move during the Coronavirus pandemic, we can guide you through the mortgage application and home buying process. Plus, we make it easy to social distance with our online mortgage application. Apply today!