It’s no understatement that COVID-19 has changed the way the world functions. Our expectations for how we should work and play have been utterly changed — but our needs as working employees and community members haven’t. Inconvenient or not, some people need to move during a pandemic. At Mosser, we’re ready to give you a few tips on how to do so safely.
Use Online Rental Listings
It may not be the best time to walk around town and make impromptu visits to advertising rentals, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t conduct a thorough search! Take some time to go through home search platforms like Zillow, Trulia, and Padmapper. Each of these options provides home pictures, neighborhood maps, and lists of amenities that a given apartment might offer. Best of all, engaging with landlords on digital rental properties requires no in-person contact — so you don’t have to worry about compromising your social distancing habits!
Take Advantage of Virtual Tours
Virtual tours are an excellent tool for anyone moving during the pandemic, as they allow prospective renters to see apartments from the comfort of their current homes. Virtual tours are not only socially distanced and contagion-free; they’re also a great way for people to make sure they are interested in a building.
Virtual tours come in a variety of forms. Some landlords may offer a 3-D digital exploration that allows viewers to “click” through the apartment at their own convenience and speed; others will provide a one-time tour over Zoom. Whatever kind of tour you end up taking, you can rest assured that you’ll have a clear and socially-distanced view into the space before you sign any formal paperwork.
It is possible to book an in-person visit after the virtual one if needed. However, it should be noted that leasing offices are taking social distancing and reduced revenues into account when staffing. Often, there’s only one employee in the building, and you must schedule an appointment to see them. Like all businesses, leasing offices are trying to avoid crowded waiting rooms! Call prospective landlords to make a formal appointment if you’re planning on taking an in-person tour.
Prepare for a Self-Sufficient Move
Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to call up a horde of friends to help you move. With matters the way that they are, people may not feel comfortable spending hours helping you pack up your apartment and load an even-smaller truck — regardless of whether you try to bribe them with pizza.
When preparing for your move, focus on self-sufficiency. Try to pack and move as much as you can by yourself, and if you need to hire movers, don’t be afraid to ask them about the precautions they’re taking! Movers should be open to wearing masks and gloves and using plenty of hand sanitizer during the moving process. If you rent a truck, remember to clean the steering wheel, door handles, and other high-touch surfaces before the move.
Thoroughly Clean Your New Apartment Before You Move
Once you have the keys to your new apartment, it’s a good idea to clean it yourself. Hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, and other everyday household products can all be used to eliminate the novel coronavirus. The CDC has published extensive guidance online about cleaning during the pandemic — so do your research beforehand!
If you’re lucky, you may be able to negotiate with your landlord for a thorough pre-cleaning before you even move in. Many hotel chains are starting to use UV light to help clean rooms. Some apartment management companies may be open to this, too.
Moving apartments during COVID-19 is an intimidating prospect, but not an impossible one. If you take on the process thoughtfully and with safety in mind, you can facilitate a quick and successful transition!