What to Know
The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything our generation has ever seen. Not only has the outbreak affected travel and freedom of movement, it’s also affected jobs, lives, and the global economy. Throughout these uncertain times and the changing guidelines of the COVID-19 crisis, life must still go on… and companies that provide essential services to the general public and the business sector must step up, be ready and adapt quickly changing situations. If you’re facing the daunting challenge of moving during the coronavirus crisis, rest easy, moving companies are still able to help you as an essential business and they are taking a wide range of precautions to ensure your move is easy, safe, and virus-free.
Here’s an overview of what you should know about how coronavirus is affecting relocating and what we can do together during this crisis to make your move safer and as stress free as possible. Please keep in mind guidelines and state rules are changing almost daily so please check with official Federal, State and Local government websites for up-to-date information.
(The information here explains how the Central Maine Moving & Storage team is taking precautions and addressing this crisis and should not be used as a medical resource.)
Yes. Despite shutdowns among businesses and shelter-in-place orders in some states, many people still need to move. In many cases, moving isn’t an option and can’t be postponed: your lease may be ending, you’re already in the middle of a move, you’re starting a new job, or you’re closing on a new home. Moving companies are also still operating and hard at work in every state. In most states, including Maine, movers are considered an “essential service” and allowed to continue to operate provided everyone follows social distancing guidelines. No state has currently barred moving companies from shutting down. Moving Companies typically fall under the “logistics” and “transportation” categories. At the federal level, shipping businesses are also considered essential.
Yes, moving during these challenging times can be safe as long as you have a “moving plan” and follow recommended guidelines on social distancing, hand washing, and other best practices. The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA) has made recommendations for both movers and consumers to make moving during coronavirus as safe as possible. (Click below for list of recommendation)
Keep in mind when taking the right precautions movers are considered low-risk for the transmission of coronavirus. Moving crews typically only help one or two customers per day and are usually able to maintain a high degree of social distancing during the course of the move. Please Note *If you are in a high-risk group, over 60 or have a compromised immune system, take every precaution and schedule your move after the pandemic is over if at all possible.
Steps movers are taking during the epidemic
Movers are taking a number of steps to mitigate the risk of spreading coronavirus during a move, including some steps recommended by AMSA. Always ask your mover what steps they are taking to reduce the risk and don’t be afraid to ask questions! Below are just a few measures professional moving companies are taking to manage the coronavirus risk include:
- Greeting customers with alternatives to handshakes, a friendly wave will do!
- Providing friendly phone and virtual estimates rather than in-person moving estimates. It’s fast, safe and easy!
- Practicing good hygiene with frequent hand washing
- Movers using gloves and hand sanitizer during moves
- Social distancing or maintaining at least 6 feet of space from customers
What you can do to prepare for your move?
Want to make moving during COVID-19 as smooth and easy as possible? There are many steps you can take to get your home ready for the movers, maintain safe distance, and mitigate the risk of coronavirus. Here are a few:
- Provide hand washing and disinfection area (spare bathroom) for movers
- Use new cardboard boxes
- Plan your travel well ahead of moving day
- Practice safe hygiene measures
- Practice social distancing
- Be prepared for the movers. When the moving team arrives, it’s helpful to leave open doorways and windows in your home to improve indoor ventilation.
Central Maine Moving & Storage takes the health of our professional staff and our valued customers very seriously. By working together and adhering to our best practices and the guidelines set by the CDC we can greatly reduce our risks amid COVID-19 and continue to serve our customers on a case by case basis.