Life is unpredictable at the best of times, but you may need to take additional precautions to protect your family amid a pandemic. If you find yourself planning a move, it’s essential to think ahead. Create a plan, so you are fully prepared to make sure your relocation goes smoothly.

5 Simple Tips for Planning a Move Amidst a Pandemic

The following checklist will help you and your family execute a safe and seamless move.

1. Make a plan with your movers

Moving is a big undertaking, and you’re going to need help. If you’re working with a moving company, contact them to confirm your reservation and discuss best practices for moving day.

Like all businesses these days, moving companies have safeguards to protect their clients and employees, but it helps to be on the same page come moving day. If you or anyone in your family experiences coronavirus symptoms, call the mover right away if additional protocols are needed.

2. Take the opportunity to downsize

With the movers booked, it’s time to start packing. This is the perfect opportunity to go through your belongings with a critical eye and get rid of things you don’t need – the clothes your kids have outgrown or the toys they grew bored of long ago.

Separate things into piles of what you’ll be packing versus items to donate or put into storage. Label your boxes clearly so the movers know where to put them and so you can quickly find the things you need.

3. Look into local regulations

Check with your new city’s government website for updates on coronavirus protocols. Regulations vary from one state to another, so you may be in for some significant changes if you’re crossing state lines.

If your children are school-age, contact the school district to determine whether your children will be attending class online, in-person, or a mixture of both. The more information you can find out ahead of time, the less stressed you’ll be on moving day and in the transition that follows.

4. Find the essentials near your new home

Finding a new home may be the most significant step in the moving process, but there are other details to take care of as well. If you have health insurance, check with your provider to find the nearest hospital and emergency room in your area.

Find a new primary care physician or utilize a telehealth company for an online consultation to ensure you have access to your prescriptions. You may even want to make a list of other essentials in the area, such as grocery stores, libraries, public parks, and schools.

5. Finish packing ahead of time

Don’t leave your packing to the last minute. Try to finish packing at least 24 hours ahead of time so the boxes can sit untouched for a while. Your movers will likely have their protective equipment, but it’s a good idea to have hand sanitizer ready by the door with soap and paper towels by the sink. And don’t forget to wear your mask on moving day!

Moving can be stressful, especially with children in tow. Planning is the key to keeping yourself sane and your family safe during a move. Take the time to create a plan and follow these tips to make your move as stress-free as possible.

Alicia Trautwein is an Autism advocate, writer, motivational speaker, and dedicated mom of four. Alicia’s desire to advocate for Autism comes from her own autism diagnosis and that of her three children, niece, and brother. Her life’s mission is to educate on autism acceptance and change the world for future generations of autistic individuals.

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