Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, many people still need to move. Leases are ending, home sales are wrapping up, and you have to relocate. Thankfully, it’s still possible to move with the help of professional movers like 495 Movers, Inc. You just need to do a little more research and implement some safety practices for a successful relocation.

Research COVID Quarantine Rules

While Maryland is gradually reopening some of its businesses and allowing life to return to normal for residents, there are still restrictions in place. You can benefit from learning more about which areas have transitioned to a ‘Safer at Home’ ordinance and which are still under a ‘Stay at Home’ order. For instance, Montgomery County decided to keep the stay at home order in effect as of May 18th 2020. However, they are looking at lifting restrictions as early as May 25th, 2020.

Travel Guidelines

The Safer at Home order is part of Phase 1 of Maryland’s three-part reopening plan. It allows retail establishment to reopen at 50% capacity and allows people to make medical appointments. People are still encouraged to limit travel unless necessary and to avoid visiting family and friends. This is also a limit on gatherings of more than 10 people. There is also a 14-day quarantine in place for out-of-state travelers.

Moving is considered a necessary task. Plus, 495 Movers, Inc. and other movers throughout the state are considered essential businesses. We’ll be able to oversee your relocation locally without a problem. 

If you are moving out-of-state, you’ll need to check what the travel requirements are for your destination. Some areas on the West Coast still have a ‘shelter in place’ order in effect, but you might be able to move into a new home. 

Looking for Movers

When looking for movers, you might want to ask if the moving and storage company offers a virtual consultation. This way you can still get multiple quotes without having lots of people come into the house or apartment. At 495 Movers, we’re offering virtual consultations and moving estimates for all of our customers.

Packing and Preparing the Home

There are a number of ways you can reduce risks and keep your family safe during a move. We are a full-service moving company able to manage the entire packing, storage, and moving process for you. If you want to minimize interactions as much as possible here are a few ideas:

  • Do the packing and furniture wrapping process yourself before the move.
  • Get cleaning supplies and complete the final clean up of the house yourself.
  • Request delivery of a portable storage unit if you are storing items for the long-term. We can help you source a unit from a third-party company.
  • Stock up on masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for use on moving day.
  • Create a First Day Box stocked with food, clothing, and hygiene products for each member of the family to use at their new home.

How to Interact with the Movers

It’s still a good idea to maintain social distancing as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our movers should maintain a distance of 6 ft. from you when arriving, handling belongings, and discussing the move. They might not shake your hand, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t friendly. They’re just being safe. 

  • We’ll provide masks and other PPE for our movers to use as needed during moving day. Don’t feel like you need to provide any equipment or supplies.
  • For their safety, if you have children and pets, you might want to keep them in the backyard or a cleared-out bedroom on moving day. Anyone with an immune deficiency in the household may also want to isolate in part of the house while the movers do their work.
  • Our teams are generally quick workers and will get the house moved out in a few hours. If there are any delays, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and try to arrange a convenient time to finish up the move.

If you are making local or long-distance moving plans, reach out to 495 Movers, Inc. today. For a free quote and consultation, give us a call or fill out our online form.