People all over North County San Diego are continuing to buy and sell homes during the global pandemic. And if you’re one of those people, then you know that you’ll need to pack up and move soon. But how can you successfully relocate with as little stress as possible while still practicing social distancing and adhering to CDC guidelines? While it might take a little extra effort to stay safe and healthy during your move, it can be done. Here’s how.
Most moving services are still available
Whether you’re moving into or out of a North County San Diego home, you’ll be happy to know that moving is considered an essential service. After all, many people do not have flexibility when it comes to their move, whether it’s to relocate for a job or because a lease has expired. For this reason, most moving services are still available. If you’ve already booked your moving services, contact the company to confirm your details and to ask about any special considerations that need to be made.
Watch out for scams
Unfortunately, moving scams are fairly commonplace. And they can be even more prevalent during a crisis. It’s important that you research all moving companies that you are considering. Check their reviews online to see how satisfied their previous customers are and verify their credentials. Ask for virtual estimates and be wary of any that are very low or any that ask for a large deposit.
Minimize contact as much as possible
As we all continue to practice social distancing, it’s important to minimize how many people you come into contact with during your move. It may be best to go with an all-or-nothing approach. You can either hire a full-service moving company that will pack up and move all of your belongings without your help. Or you can use a self-service moving company and pack up your own items and load your own shipping container that will be picked up at a later date and delivered to your new location. If you’re packing your own belongings, then choose to use new cardboard boxes. This will limit the possibility of coming into contact with the virus on surfaces that have been touched by other people.
Make a donation plan
There is no reason to take items with you that you no longer need or use. But what do you do with those items right now? In the past, it was easy enough to drop them off at a local charity. But not all charities are accepting donations of household goods right now. Those that are have enacted guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting items before donating them. Research which organizations are taking your castoffs right now, and be sure to follow all their instructions.
Clean and disinfect your new home
Once you’ve arrived in your new home, you need to thoroughly clean and disinfect. This includes all frequently touched surfaces such as countertops, doorknobs, faucets, and light switches. If possible, let your boxes sit for a couple of days before unpacking them. If not, then wear a mask and gloves while you unpack. Better yet, pack a couple of boxes of essentials that you bring with you. These boxes can include all the items you will need the first few nights including toiletries, chargers, and cleaning supplies.
Work with the Clark & Gilman Team
Now more than ever it’s reassuring to have an expert on your side when you’re buying or selling a North County home. Contact the Cristine Clark & Jamie Gilman Team at 760-758-1211 or [email protected]. We’re standing by to answer all your questions and help you through every step of the real estate process.