Tips for Moving During COVID-19
At District Moving, the safety and health of our customers — and crews — come first. That’s why we’re providing critical information that impacts all moves in the wake of COVID-19. We hope to address any concerns you may have with the following responses to our most frequently asked questions. If you have other questions or specific needs, however, please reach out to us by phone or email. We’re here to help you make sure your next move is your best move.
Can I move during COVID-19?
Many families and businesses around the region are going forward with moving plans, primarily out of necessity. Movers have been deemed essential by state and federal officials, so we continue to work through this crisis, and we do so with an extra measure of care and caution.
Should I move during COVID-19?
The policies we have put in place are designed to ensure the safety and health of our customers and our crews. Ultimately, the decision to move during the COVID-19 pandemic is yours, but you should know that District Moving is managing moves every day, helping homeowners and businesses make safe, smooth transitions just as we always have.
How could COVID-19 affect my move?
As often as we can, we are providing estimates by phone and video. This is for everyone’s comfort and safety. Also, we are sending senior managers out on moving day to fully explain our COVID-19 policies and procedures, so you know exactly what to expect from our crew.
District Moving is carefully monitoring the health of our crews at this time, and daily reiterating the importance of wearing gloves and facemasks. Access to a bathroom is critical for our crew so they can regularly wash hands as needed. Also, we are continually disinfecting surfaces in the course of the move and disinfecting our trucks after every move. In some cases, these measures may add time to your move, but not to an extent that we would be unable to complete the job as projected.
How will social distancing impact my move?
As much as possible, we are working with customers to limit the number of individuals in the home, or office. Optimally, we would like to have only one person on site with our crew.
On moving day, our crew will follow guidelines for social distancing as much as possible. In some cases, however, two or more of our crew may need to work together to move larger pieces. They will protect themselves and endeavor to protect you, as well.
Are protective gloves essential if I move during COVID-19?
Latex gloves are an essential part of our crews’ uniforms. We have always insisted on wearing work gloves to move boxes and large belongings. These are also required.
What is the best way to disinfect my personal belongings?
Our crew will disinfect surfaces throughout the move — particularly those materials on which the virus is known to live for several hours, or days. We recommend you use the strongest available disinfectants on countertops and surfaces and follow guidelines for regular hand washing.
Do I need to pack my belongings differently?
There’s no need to pack belongings differently, but we believe it is very important to use new boxes for your move. The virus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, so it’s essential to have moving boxes that have been stored in a safe and secure location rather than those any member of your family or office, may have found.
Any special considerations for office/commercial moves during COVID-19?
As always, we will provide large, stackable containers ahead of moving day. These containers are disinfected between every move.
If possible, we would work to limit the number of your employees present on moving day. Optimally, only one representative from your office on hand to ensure social distancing throughout the day.
Where do I get the latest information about moving during COVID-19?
For additional information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov.
Please call our office at (301) 843-6606 and/or fill out the contact form.