Moving during the coronavirus pandemic outbreak
Are moving companies essential businesses? Are moving companies open?
Yes, moving companies are considered an essential business by both state and local governments during the Covid19 pandemic due to the critical service they provide to the community and families who are in transition.
The American Moving & Storage Association recommends that consumers and movers regularly check resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay up-to-date on the latest news regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
This is a scary time and it certainly takes moving stress to the next level. But when you have movers as well prepared as we are by your side, everything goes smoothly.
What is Movers On Duty doing to stop the spread of COVID-19?
We are monitoring the coronavirus situation very closely in order to stay operational while remaining safe. Our goal is to help as much as we can while remaining as safe as we can.
We value the health and safety not only of our staff but also our customers more than anything else. In order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, we fully stopped operations for a whole month before resuming operations to make sure nobody in the entire team was sick.
Since then, we have been practicing social-distancing, self-monitoring, and we have been quarantining ourselves in an effort to contain the virus.
Are moving companies operating during the coronavirus lockdown? Are moving companies shut down?
Now that we have made sure that we are all healthy, we are fully operational again.
We are licensed, insured, and bonded. We are open for business and we’re working closely with our crews to continue to conduct business safely.
But we want to make sure it’s clear that we are putting the safety of our customers and team members first. We are doing this by following all the best practices and guidelines for social-distancing, sanitation, cleanliness, and precaution.
- We have decided to stop doing visual estimates. Instead, we have created a page that allows you to get an instant online moving estimate (for local and long-distance moving). If you like the estimate, you can then give us the actual details of the move and we’ll give you an exact price quote.
- The truck will be disinfected before going to you (that includes the blankets, dollies, and hand-trucks).
- You will NOT have to share the truck with anyone else.
- The truck is reserved only for you. That is for both local and long-distance moves.
- Each one of our moving crews has plenty of liquid hand-soap, hand-sanitizer, masks, and gloves.
Most commercial and residential moving companies can provide virtual estimates, rather than in-home estimates. If this is your preference, we can use skype, WhatsApp, or any other app to give you a quote.
If you’d prefer simply getting a quote via email, you can email us a list of the items to be moved or you can send us a video/pictures. You can also give us a call or you can just use our instant moving quote calculator.
Steps that people moving during the Covid19 outbreak can take when planning their move
- Please follow CDC guidelines, for the health of your family and moving crew.
- Give us the chance to serve you in the safest way possible. Let us know ahead of time if anyone in your household may have contracted coronavirus, or may have been exposed to someone who has.
- Feel free to ask questions below (on how we are mitigating the health risks of COVID-19 or anything else you may have in mind).
- Provide your moving crew access to a sink, soap, and paper towels throughout the move.
- If you plan to pack the boxes yourself, PURCHASE NEW moving boxes; this isn’t the time to use recycled boxes.
- If you are planning on using plastic bins instead. Wipe down the interior and exterior with a disinfecting wipe before packing items in them.
- If you are able to sanitize your home and belongings before our movers arrive, please do! We are working hard to sanitize our trucks and equipment. Sanitizing your belongings can help limit the spread of the virus if any exists. We are simply looking out for our customers as well as our crew members.
- Open Windows and Doorways. Increasing the ventilation rate by opening your doors and windows reduces the cross-infection of infectious diseases by diluting/removing contaminated droplets.
- Social Distancing. Normally we request customers to be present at all times to provide directions if needed. But during these circumstances, feel free to step aside and let our movers work! Once you’ve given the initial instructions to your lead mover (crew leader), you may exit the common area in order to stay a minimum of 6′ away from our movers. If you’d like to clear out an entire room or section of your home so that you can remain in that room while we work, you may. This is probably the best/easiest option to remain close enough to provide direction while still staying safe. If the weather is nice, you may relax outside while we work. If you have another location where you can stay for a bit, you may leave. Just please keep your phone on loud so that we may call if any questions arise. If we all work together, we’ll be able to get you moved efficiently, and we’ll be able to limit the spread of this virus. Thanks in advance for your help with this!
- Sanitizing after the movers leave is also highly recommended. Consider deep cleaning your furniture and new home before unpacking to mitigate further the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
Are there any additional fees or charges if I have to postpone or cancel my move?
We do NOT charge anything extra for rescheduling or canceling appointments. This is the reason why we don’t ask for a credit card or an advanced payment in order to reserve your movers.
If you are in a high-risk group (over 60 or have pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions or compromised immunity), then please, postpone your move if at all possible until after the health authorities announce the pandemic is over.
Is it safe to move during the coronavirus pandemic?
Yes, moving during the COVID-19 epidemic is safe as long as you follow recommended guidelines on social distancing, hand washing, and other practices.
While moving can be completely safe (and essential) during the pandemic, move.org, in its coronavirus guidelines encourages consumers to postpone their move if possible.
But do keep in mind that movers are considered low-risk for the transmission of coronavirus. Moving crews typically only help one or two customers per day and are able to easily maintain social distancing during the move.
What Are Moving Companies Doing Differently during Covid19?
We are taking the coronavirus pandemic very seriously. To that end, moving companies across the country have put into place protocols designed to protect their employees and their customers. These include:
- Following federal and local guidelines around social distancing and sanitization
- Conducting virtual surveys instead of in-home surveys to provide estimates
- Frequently sanitizing trucks and equipment
- Practicing social distancing with customers and, as much as possible, among moving teams
- No more hand-shaking.
- Wearing masks and gloves
- Keeping trucks stocked with hand soap and hand sanitizer
All of these practices help ensure that moving services can remain available in a safe way.
My move is scheduled in a few days, and I’m not feeling well, what should I do?
If you or someone in your household/business is displaying symptoms of the virus, please, delay your move at least until you get the approval to proceed from a health professional. But if you are not considered at risk, you may want to proceed. We ask in this situation that you please inform us if you are not feeling well.
We will be in contact with you prior to your move, and together we will run through the extra safety precautions we have put into place
As a Covid19 essential service, we have created a plan to continue to provide safe and efficient moving services to our customers.
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Are moving companies open in Maryland? Are moving companies open in Virginia? Are moving companies closed in DC?
Moving companies are open right now, movers are working with masks and gloves during covid19.
We are here to help you move during the coronavirus pandemic, although most people are in quarantine. But since movers are essential, we will be there if you need us.
And now switching gears a little, have you considered what have been the Coronavirus lockdown effects on animals?
With almost all countries affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus), governments around the world have imposed lock-down measures and asked their citizens to stay at home.
Please have a look at these photos and videos of wildlife reclaiming deserted streets in towns and cities all over the world:
What have been the environmental effects of the coronavirus?
From crystal clear waters in the canals of Venice to a dramatic drop in pollution levels in all major cities, the covid19 pandemic has had a number of positive effects on the environment as millions across the world are placed under lockdown.