After months of searching, a friend of ours has finally found the perfect home to buy. We are so excited, yet worried for her and her partner. How do you move an entire household safely during a pandemic? Moving.com has some suggestions for all of you who were lucky enough to find the perfect nest, but maybe the timing could have been better.

  • Find out if there is any flexibility in the moving date. Buying a bit of time could make a difference.
  • If you are showing symptoms of any kind, communicate that to the moving company.
  • Find out what practices and protocols your moving company has in place. Most are practicing physical distancing and taking care of what is usually lengthy paperwork via the phone or online. Mover's trucks should also be sanitized and hand sanitizer should be in each truck. Movers should be wearing masks, as should you.
  • Have movers leave your boxes in the garage if you have one, and let them sit for a day or two before handling them or bringing them into your home.
  • Sanitize as you pack. Most of your stuff probably needs a wipe down anyway. Not only will it protect movers from exposure should you unknowingly be infected, but everything will be clean when you unpack. Can't find antibacterial wipes? Mix a solution of bleach and water to wipe down hard surfaces.
  • Finish your packing at least 24 hours before movers are due to move you. Coronavirus can live up to 24 hours on cardboard, so for everyone's safety be ahead of the game by at least a day.
  • If you are high risk or showing symptoms, cancel you move ASAP.