Your lease is up. You’ve accepted a new job. You’re moving home. You’re . . . just moving. Whatever the case, transitioning to a new place during COVID-19 can be a bit overwhelming. Regulations vary from state to state, and information varies from source to source. We all know the basics: social distance, wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (such as masks and gloves), and practice good personal hygiene. But what do we do beyond that? Are moving companies even back to running business as usual?

Moving during the pandemic? Here at Park Plaza Living, we’ve some tips to help you stay safe and live happy.

Do Your Research

Some cities and states have restrictions in place limiting nonessential movement, but for many Americans, moving is necessary. Thankfully, essential movement not only involves receiving healthcare, shopping for groceries, caring for family members, and exercising outside, but also relocation. That said, it is important to do your research.

Journalist Justin Chaplin says, “Before you call a moving company, check the rules and regulations in your city.” It is important to understand the restrictions in the location in which you currently reside and to where you are moving. For the most up-to-date information, check the CDC website and enter your zip code.

Follow the Do-It-Yourself Method

While hiring a professional moving company may be necessary, consider packing yourself. This will not only give you a chance to sort through your belongings and donate old items, but you can properly clean and sanitize. “Since studies have shown that the Coronavirus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, it’s best to purchase new moving boxes and tape,” says Gustavo Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

Disinfect all surfaces and doorknobs in your home, and consider waiting to unpack your belongings for a short period of time upon arrival at your destination.

Maintain Your Distance

Whether you enlist the help of family, friends, or movers in your relocation, you can still practice social distancing. The majority of moving companies now offer virtual quotes and safer methods of payment, such as Apple Pay. “The most practical thing to do to maintain social distancing when using movers is to isolate yourself in another area inside or outside of the home while they do their work,” says Laura Mueller, writer and relocation expert with moving.com. Continue to wear a mask at all times and wash your hands frequently.

If you are a high-risk individual or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, self-quarantine, and consider postponing your move to a later date. Most moving companies are offering flexibility in scheduling to keep you and their employees safe.

Moving during the pandemic can seem challenging, but by doing your research and ensuring the appropriate safety measures are in place, you can do your part to keep yourself and those around you safe.