Moving House During Lockdown: 10 Tips For An Easy, Stress-Free Move

Moving house is a notoriously stressful process at the best of times. But moving house during a pandemic? Now, some might just say that’s bound to cause unprecedented stress levels.

As the nation moves in and out of lockdown and borders open and close, it’s hard to find information about how you can move home (or office) while still respecting social distancing, keeping your family safe and abiding by the Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines. 

To make sure you ‘Get That All Moved In Feeling’, even during the pandemic, we’ve put together the Moveall...

10-Step Guide to Stress-Free Moving While In Lockdown: 

    1. Brush Up On The Latest Government Guidance

      It sounds like an obvious one, but make sure you read the latest Government Guidance regularly in the run-up to your moving date. Information changes quickly and it isn’t always widely published or advertised for more niche activities like moving house. For our friends in South Australia, Read SA Gov General Information about Travel Restrictions and Lockdown Rules Here.

    2. Keep Your Official Moving Paperwork Handy

      Whether you’re buying or renting your new home, you’re going to have official documents that prove you’re moving from one location to another. It’s important you keep this paperwork handy while you’re moving to ensure you aren’t caught out. Top Tip - Keep this information in your essentials bag in Step 6

    3. Arrange Your Utilities & Change Of Address Earlier Than Normal

      As we all know, many businesses are still working from home, including large organisations like Utility Providers & Australia Post. Some of these organisations are experiencing longer processing times, so give yourself an extra week or two to accommodate any potential delays in diverting your mail or connecting the electricity at your new home.

    4. Request A Lockdown Exemption For Your Moving Day

      Depending on where you are in the Country, and where you are moving to, you might need to apply for an exemption in order to move house. If the State or Region at either end of your move is in Lockdown, and your relocation is truly necessary, you and your family might need to be classified as Essential Travellers.
      If you’re unable to apply, the next best bet might be to postpone your move by a few days. At Moveall, we offer free rescheduling for all relocations affected by lockdown restrictions.

    5. Pack Early & Practise Social Distancing While Moving

      Our number one top tip for a stress-free move is always to start packing as early as possible - it’s recommended you should be completely packed up the night before your moving day. This tip becomes all the more important when you’re moving during a pandemic, particularly if you’re working with a professional removalist team.
      At Moveall, we ensure your and your family’s safety by abiding by Government Guidelines & Social Distancing during the relocation process. To help your removal team out, it’s best to ensure you have finished packing by the time they arrive and respect social distancing and mask-wearing during your initial Meet & Greet.
      Government Guidance recommends removalists minimise contact with homeowners and remain two metres apart at all times. With this in mind, once you have safely greeted your removals team, it’s best to leave them to it and allow them to pack your belongings efficiently and safely.

    6. Pack A Moving Essentials Bag

      Pack a small duffle bag or suitcase with the items you’ll need access to during your move and right after you’ve arrived at your new home, such as important documents, medications, phone chargers, basic toiletries, spare face masks, hand and surface sanitiser and a change of clothes.
      Keep this separate from your boxed belongings and make sure it rides with you in the car, rather than the truck!

    7. Ventilate Your Property On Moving Day

      Before your removalists arrive, make sure you sanitise all furniture, surfaces and door handles and open all windows and doors to properly ventilate your home. When you arrive at your new home, repeat this process once before the removalist pull-up and again after they have finished unpacking the truck.

    8. Deep Clean Your Belongings & Surfaces, Or Hire A Professional End Of Lease Cleaner
      This one might seem like a no-brainer, but in between the stress of moving house, it’s often the part that gets left behind (or forgotten). If you manage to get the keys to your new home a little earlier, arrange a professional deep clean or rally a few family members to help you clean and sanitise your new home before you arrive. This way you won’t have to stress about cleaning around your belongings and boxes and can focus on unpacking straight away.

    9. Set Up Hand Washing Stations For Moving Day

      Official guidance recommends removalists have access to handwashing facilities on moving day. Where possible, try setting up two handwashing stations in your house, perhaps one in the bathroom for you and your family and one in the kitchen, for your removals team.

    10. Manage Uncertainty By Being Flexible

      Last but not least! If the last 18 months has taught us anything, it’s that we have to be flexible in order to manage any uncertainty. If possible, try to accommodate a little lee-way or buffer time into your moving schedule in case things change.
      And, if things do change, be assured that you can reschedule your Moveall package to a day or time that suits you, without any additional penalty fees*. 


Move During The Pandemic With Confidence

There you have it, a simple, stress-free and easy to follow guide to moving house (or office) during The Uncertain Times. 

If you are concerned or have any questions about your upcoming move and how the Covid-19 pandemic might affect your situation, please Get In Touch with our friendly customer service team, they’d be delighted to help. 

 

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