Around the world, we’re watching our friends, family and neighbors staying inside of their homes as they social distance in an effort to contain the Coronavirus.
This is a fluid, unprecedented and unplanned-for event, which means many people are scrambling to understand how this affects their day-to-day lives as well as larger life events, like moving. If you’re asking the question, “I’m moving during the COVID-19 – what do I do?” trust that you are not the only one.
Our team is here to get creative and help you answer that question. Suddath® has over 100 years of home moving experience (as well as moving workplaces and products) which means we’ve seen and experienced a lot and are expert creative problem solvers.
The health and safety of our customers and employees is our highest priority. In accordance with the CDC and local, state and national government, we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of everyone involved during a move; our ultimate goal is to continue to safely assist you in this transition.
Among these are the transition of every employee possible into a remote workforce, screening employees and crew who cannot do their job remotely, a rigorous sanitation schedule for offices, safety training for crews and added equipment such as latex gloves and sanitizer.
Our team is devoted to helping our customers through this with a customized plan to help with your specific needs and concerns.
We’ve come up with four helpful tips that anyone can do to make sure their move is safe and efficient:
Moving is an in-person business. It’s too late to invest in box moving robots, but you can start off your move with a safe, no-touch and germ-free option: a virtual moving survey.
Instead of a Suddath representative coming to a home in-person to survey your home and provide an estimate, they will perform the survey using a FaceTime- or Skype-like service.
During a virtual walkthrough, our Suddath representative will chat about your moving needs while being guided through the home using a mobile device. In our years of using this method, we have perfected it to match the accuracy and customization of our in-person surveys.
Our virtual walkthrough provides local, long-distance and international moving customers with:
Normally, moving is a family affair. Everyone is around taking on different tasks, grandma is over watching the kids and neighbors are popping by to check in.
Currently, we advise only having one family member interacting with our movers on move day if possible. That person, after a brief overview of the move with the Suddath moving team leader, should excuse themselves and remain in a different area of the home during the duration of the move.
This is to make sure we maintain proper social distancing during the move to protect you, as well as the Suddath moving team.
To protect everyone during a move, yourself, crew and drivers should be washing hands using anti-bacterial soap for 20 seconds and at regular intervals. The crew will be adhering to our CDC-compliant sanitation policies, but in an abundance of caution, please make sure you have some available as well to make it as easy as possible.
Additionally, we ask that you please disinfect commonly touched areas such as doorknobs and handles before the Suddath moving crew arrives to your home. This will help protect you and your family as well as our moving team.
While many people are stocking up on food and supplies while social distancing, there are many people and families who cannot.
Since your move is charged by weight, this is a win-win – you are shedding moving weight you don’t need, and you’re able to help supply local area charities with much needed food and other goods.
You’re going to want to deep clean and sanitize your new home before fully moving in. Here are a few resources and tips to help:
Other immediate needs:
Through all of this, remember that we will get through this as a community. If you feel uncomfortable or scared to move, ask us about postponement. We are happy to work with you.
Of course, local law enforcement is the determining voice in this discussion – the safest thing we can all do is to make sure we follow the direct orders of local officials and continue to monitor communications.
Suddath is here to help you and ensure that this time is as stress-free as it can possibly be. Again, contact your move coordinator if you have any questions or concerns.