It has been about a year since we all received the stay-at-home order—the start of a worldwide pandemic. But for many, “stay at home” didn’t mean “stay in place.” Millions have relocated during COVID-19. With social distancing restrictions and safety measures in place, over 15.9 million people have packed and transported their belongings to a new place.

Although moving during a pandemic is not ideal, it is possible and can still be done safely if you take some precautions: keep things clean, limit personal contact, and be flexible on timing.

Keep Things Clean

Moving involves touching a lot of stuff. If you are moving during a pandemic, you must be extra careful to sanitize your home and belongings to reduce the risk of spreading germs and possibly the COVID-19 virus. The CDC offers helpful guidance on how to best clean and disinfect your home. You will also want to make sure your new home is clean before moving in. And don’t worry: If Eastside Apartment Homes is your destination, you can rest assured that we have that taken care of.

Limit Personal Contact

When moving, you also run the risk of getting exposed to the virus by going to the store and interacting with the movers, but there are some precautions you can take. First, make one person in the household the designated person to run on errands and interact with others. Second, plan your shopping ahead so you can limit the number of times you need to go to the store. Third, communicate with the movers over the phone as much as you can, rather than in person. If you do these things, you can help yourself and others feel more comfortable and safe with the move.

Be Flexible

Finally, moving during a pandemic might bring unexpected surprises, so you must be flexible. Be ready to adjust the timing of the move in case anyone involved gets sick or is exposed to COVID-19. If necessary, don’t hesitate to reschedule and adjust your plans. Communicate ahead of time with the moving companies in Costa Mesa to ensure that everyone is willing to adapt if needed.

It’s not an ideal time, but moving during a pandemic may be necessary. So if you are in a situation where you must relocate, be sure to keep things sanitary, reduce contact with others, and be prepared for last-minute changes to your plans. Doing so will keep you and others safe during the process.