There may be a pandemic, but folks are on the move!
Curious about moving during these uncertain times, we caught up with a few homeowners and renters who recently moved, or are in the process of moving, and asked them about challenges they face and how they’re (ahem) moving through them.
We pictured things like putting masks and gloves on cardboard boxes, and bathing moving vans in hand sanitizer (where do we come up with this stuff?) — but responses had more to do with the difficulty of finding places to sell or donate furnishings, socially distanced farewells to friends, and a heck of a lot of personal perseverance.
If you’re thinking about moving during COVID-19, we hope this post calms some of your anxiety and provides a little inspiration at the same time.
What’s the biggest challenge you faced (or expect to face) while moving during COVID and how did you (or plan to) overcome it?
- Moved from one rental to another in Manhattan.
“My biggest challenge was the lack of options in moving companies. I typically like to use them instead of moving myself, however I wasn’t able to find an array, and the prices were unreasonable for the companies I did find.
I sucked it up and moved myself. Never underestimate your personal drive and dedication to a solution.”
- From renting in Oakland, California to owning in Chicago.
“The biggest challenge was getting rid of the things we didn’t want to take with us in our cross-country move. Goodwill and secondhand stores, where we normally might have donated house items, clothing, and furniture, were closed. And we think that there was less buying activity overall on sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Nextdoor.
Honestly, the hardest part was not being able to say proper farewells. Our last two months in California were during shelter in place so we couldn’t see friends, treasure our time together, or do any sort of formal farewell party. That was really difficult and sad emotionally, and we hope to do an extended visit once things are safer for travel again.
In our last two weekends, we did get a chance to say a handful of socially distanced farewells outside of our apartment, and a couple of farewell Zooms — including one during our moving road trip!”