How to move during lockdown?
Moving home during a pandemic is not advised. But if you already scheduled your move and you are unable to delay, you must find a way to do it. Following protocols tied to the current situation is not the only thing required. You still must organize everything and stay up to date with your plans. Therefore, let us show you how to move during lockdown and to avoid the whole pandemic situation.
You must move during lockdown? Find the movers you can trust.
The worst-case scenario would be that you already sold your home and have a vacancy date. But you did not schedule a moving company. Do not worry, there is still time to find an appropriate moving team but under slightly different circumstances. You will search for your movers online, read reviews, compare prices, and moving services. But you must be extra careful due to the economic impact that pandemic brought.
Once you find a match, contact your moving company and discuss the moving services you would like to purchase. More importantly, ask to speak with the owner or a company representative. They must guarantee that their workers are taking all the measures required in such a situation. They must wear gloves, masks, and of course, not to have any virus symptoms. It is important, now more than ever, to find a proper team to move during lockdown with.
You should avoid moving scams at all costs. Therefore, you shouldn’t look only for a moving company that will follow the pandemic and lockdown protocols. But the one that is licensed, experienced and equipped with all the means to relocate. Your moving company should have all the equipment, a proper moving truck, and enough skilled workers to assign to your move.
The highly unusual packing process
Each relocation contains a boring and tiresome packing process. But due to the pandemic situation, you must sanitize and clean everything before you pack. Do not worry, you can still pack your home in a day, but anything you touch should be cleaned and sanitized before placing it into a moving box. Also, we suggest using higher-quality packing materials. Since now it is not the time to take any risks that a cardboard box would break and expose your items. Moreover, you must clean all the furniture as well. All belongings you have should be cleaned appropriately, packed, and loaded into previously sanitized moving trucks.
Although, since you must move during lockdown, it might be hard to get the right packing materials, and to get them on time. Therefore, consider hiring movers and packers in Brooklyn as the ultimate moving solution. Hire a moving team that will pack, transport, and unpack, if need be. More importantly, they will bring all the packing materials you need for your relocation. This means that you won’t be affected by a lockdown when it comes to packing. All affordable and completed in one day.
Sanitize your new home.
Your new home is probably already cleaned by previous owners. But this is not the time to take any chances. You will clean and sanitize before you leave but that does not mean that your new place is sanitized as well. Therefore, pick a day, get up early, and visit your new address. Bring a cleaning arsenal and clean your new apartment thoroughly. We highly recommend doing this yourself. You can bring someone you trust along to help you finish faster and easier. But do not hire any cleaning crews or third parties. In these circumstances, it won’t be helpful, but rather an unnecessary exposure. Do it yourself and set your mind at ease.
Think about storing solutions.
In the everyday scenario, you downsize and declutter before the move. You want to start fresh and clutter-free in your new home. But due to the pandemic and the lockdown situation, you might not be able to dispose of your items adequately. You are time-limited and this might not be the moment to do it. Sure, you can throw away some of the items you possess. But to conduct a spring cleaning covering your basement, attic, garage, and backyard, unlikely. Although, if you have set your moving date and planned to move regardless of the lockdown, then you can make the best out of the situation. Most of the day you are in lockdown in your home. That means you can shuffle through items while packing and inspect everything. You should clean items and get them ready for packing while setting aside belongings you will throw away.
On the other hand, if you do not want to do this now, or you are moving into a smaller apartment, you can store all your items for later use. Check your local storage companies NYC and find an appropriate storage unit. Try to find one that is located near your new home for easier access. Be sure to protect your items and pack them for storing. Later you can go back and take what you need.
Clean everything. Before and after you move during lockdown.
We can’t stress this enough and we already mentioned that you should clean and sanitize all your belongings as well as the old and new home. But after you transport all your items and the dust is settled, you must clean again. Even if you are sure that your movers are clean and are using all the protective equipment. The thing with the spreading of a virus is that a carrier is unaware. One of your movers might be infected without even knowing about it. With one wrong move, they can compromise your items. Therefore, after your movers are gone, put your gear on and start scrubbing. Clean everything from head to toe to be sure that you are safe. Do not neglect this part. Keep yourself and your family safe.
These were the things you should cover when you move during lockdown. It is not an ideal time to move at all, but if you must do it, be sure to take care. And take it slow, you have enough time to make the perfect setup for your new apartment. After the pandemic is over, you will be ready to meet your new NYC neighbors and be a perfect host. Good luck and stay safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn has built its reputation on honesty and transparency. We are here to answer all your questions and put your mind at ease when choosing our Brooklyn movers:
What are your working hours?
We are open from Monday to Friday 7:30 AM–5 PM but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.
Does U.Santini offer insurance?
Yes. Our company offers several different types of insurance protection, including a full replacement for your belongings. The cost of the coverage will depend on the value you declare for your goods and the level of deduction you select.
How soon should I schedule my move?
It is recommended to arrange for the services of a moving company at least 8 weeks ahead of your planned move. If you plan to move during the holiday season or in the summer, it is advisable to schedule the move 12 weeks in advance. However, for moves that occur between September and May, you may be able to book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. Ideally, you should secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the necessary information about your relocation.
Does your company offer packing supplies?
We do. In addition to providing you with the essential boxes and packing supplies required for your relocation, we offer several "Saver" packages tailored to the size of your home. If you do not use all the boxes you have bought, you can return them to the moving team at the end of your move, and we will reimburse the remaining amount.
What type of storage does your company offer?
U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn provides comprehensive storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are supervised round-the-clock, ensuring the safety of your belongings, whether you store them for a short or long duration. Additionally, we offer storage services for very brief periods, including as little as 24 hours.