Ever since the start of the pandemic we’ve all been encouraged to stay safe at home as much as possible. But when you are moving from an apartment or condo, it is impossible to stay in your home while you relocate. From transportation to movers to touring potential homes, there are so many potentially risky factors when you are moving during a pandemic.
Whether you’re seeking more space or having to relocate—here are a few tips for making your next move as safe as possible.
Well before the pandemic realty companies across the country began embracing virtual tours and ways to easily connect with buyers relocating. If you are just beginning the process of moving, work with a realtor that specializes in being able to help you complete as much of the process from start to finish virtually, starting with being able to tour Beacon Hill condos for sale online.
In addition to any photos or video footage of homes that are already posted with listings online, ask if your agent or the booking agent can walk you through the house for an in-person virtual booking. This gives you a better idea of the overall layout of the Beacon Hill apartment or condominium, allows you to still look into all the closets and corners, see what the light looks like in the condo at different times of the day, and get any questions answered in person that you might have.
Professional moving companies involve inviting strangers into your home and allowing them to have direct contact with all your possessions. None of that is considered safe during a pandemic. Before you hire a professional moving company, do a little research, and make sure you find a company that is working to mitigate risks.
Professional moving companies are conditioned to minimize risks and potential problems, just of a different nature. But with the pandemic and quarantine rules, these companies have invested time and energy into safe practices to protect you, your family, and their employees. Work with a company that is able to wipe down all equipment and materials used, requires safe distancing and requires masks to be worn by employees.
Even if you packed up everything with extreme care, it is important that you stay diligent and unpack with just as much care. Take the time to wipe everything down, do the unpacking on your own to minimize the potential for germs in your new space. If you have space, allow your items extra time to sit before you unpack it and bring it into the house.
Along with being able to tour and view homes digitally, online, try to keep as much of the process as digital as possible. Moving requires a lot of paperwork and the sharing of documents and other items. To minimize your exposure to the Coronavirus request that all forms and paperwork be provided digitally. Not only does this minimize the sharing of materials, but it is better for the environment and easier to find and pull up the documents that you need.
It is always important to check and double-check all paperwork, companies, and anyone you are doing business with. But, in times where there is already a lot of confusion and people are acting fast, making decisions under stress, it is especially important to be asking the right questions.
Do your best to work only with reputable realtors and brokers, verifying their information and asking for personal references. Scams and scammers abound around real estate purchases and a pandemic is just another excuse for scammers to prey on those looking to make large purchases and hand over money to secure their future. Ask questions and do your homework on everyone and everything. Question any additional fees and price hikes that were not in place before the virus.
Overall, planning is going to play a huge role in helping you move safely and easily during a pandemic. Plan out for as many scenarios or issues as possible, and make sure you don’t leave any issues to chance. With the right people, it is possible to make a move across town, the country, or the world in the middle of a global pandemic.
Moving trucks are convenient but can be dangerous if they’re packed or driven incorrectly. These tips will show you how to load a moving truck and drive it with ease to your new Boston Beacon Hill condo or Beacon Hill apartment.
There’s a lot to think about when you rent a moving truck. How large of a truck will you need? What paperwork do you need to secure the rental? How do you pack the truck efficiently and safely? These frequently asked questions are at the heart of what our customers want to know when they use our moving trucks for free.
Luckily, we know how to load a moving truck like a pro, and we also know how to get you from A to B without a hitch. Below are some helpful moving truck tips to consider before, during, and after the move. We’ll first discuss the planning stage, then get into packing, and finally, how to drive a moving truck.
When renting a moving truck you need a valid licensed driver’s license. The driver of the truck will need to bring a current driver’s license, a valid insurance card, and a credit card or cash deposit.
Remember that it’s better to say you’re going to store more and not end up using that space than to say you need a small truck and end up needing more space – or dangerously overloading your rental.
3. Figure out how much time you’ll need the rental.
Time management is key in this process. Moving trucks are assigned to specific time slots, so find out your location’s store hours and plan out how long you will need. You don’t want late fees if you happen to return later than you should. Planning and efficient moving are vital to staying on schedule.
Ensuring a smooth and seamless moving truck rental process involves more than simply driving and handing the truck in. Make sure you’ve got the following on your radar:
- Plan a route. Make sure you have a clear understanding of the route you’re taking and have your cellphone or GPS device ready for directions.
- Fill up the tank. The moving truck (or van) will have a full gas tank when you pick it up – just make sure you replace what you use before returning it.
- Set up the right moving insurance. Accidents do happen. Movers insurance varies from state to state, but a collision damage waiver is available so you can save yourself truck repair costs in the case of an accident.
For a successful move, you want to be methodical with how you load the moving truck. Depending on the number of items, this isn’t a difficult process but can take a little planning. Resist the urge to send all your helpers into the house and have them randomly toss in boxes to the truck.
1. Consider these three factors.
- Maximize the space given to you
- Protect your valuable items
- Restrict the movement of items in the vehicle as much as possible
2. Designate someone as the moving truck organizer.
Have some people moving boxes and furniture to the outside of the truck. Have another person that stays with the moving truck and is in charge of organizing it. They will sort items by their weight and delicateness. Give this person the following guidelines.
3. Follow these packing guidelines.
- Use clean and sturdy boxes for your items.
- Load large items first to ensure you have enough space to move around.
- Distribute weight evenly so the truck is easy to control while driving.
- Use packing straps throughout the process to keep items safe and secure.
- Protect your furniture with moving blankets and other barriers