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Moving During the COVID-19 Crisis: Tips for Renters

Moving is always stressful. Now, with restrictions due to the COVID19 pandemic, it’s become something else entirely.

If you plan to move during this trying time, follow the five tips below:


1. CHECK LOCAL REGULATIONS

The federal government deemed moving services as essential businesses. However, before you sign a lease, be sure to research local restrictions on travel and gatherings.

Keep in mind you may also stumble upon limits for which buildings you can move into.


2. CONDUCT A VIRTUAL TOUR

If you need to move, you still want to hunt around for different apartments — don’t sign a lease for the first one you see. If you find something you like, contact the owner or manager and ask about virtual tour options.


3. FIGURE OUT YOUR FINANCIALS

Before you decide to make a big move, be sure you understand your financial situation.

Are you currently employed? If so, will the coronavirus affect your employment in any way? With these answers, you can determine what your budget is and how much you can reasonably expect to spend on housing.


4. PLAN THE PACK-UP PROCESS

Before your move, go through your belongings and get rid of anything you don’t want. As many donation centers are closed, you’ll need to call ahead and ask about no-contact drop-off options.


5. MOVE TO YOUR NEW APARTMENT

Now it’s time for the big move. If possible, you and any household members should move all items yourselves, as experts discourage gathering in large groups.

Don’t think you can handle the transition on your own? If so, research moving companies in your area and see how each handles the current COVID-19 situation.


PLANNING A MOVE? LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE THE CURRENT CRISIS

Moving is no easy feat, and the COVID-19 pandemic puts a new strain on plans. If you must relocate, follow the tips above and remember to stay safe. Wear a mask, don some gloves and wash your hands regularly.

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