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Sparkt@Home: What It's Like To Move During The Covid-19 Crisis

Moving from one home to another is stressful enough. My family went through it all while social distancing!

This story is part of a series where the Sparkt team will be sharing what we're all doing to try and keep life normal during the coronavirus crisis. We hope that by sharing our experiences, we'll make a difference for YOU as we work together to lift up ourselves and our communities during this challenging time.

Hello! I'm Kristen, Digital Content Producer at Sparkt. I write a lot of the stories that you read on our site every day.

My husband and I recently bought our first home, which, as many of you know, comes with a lot of different emotions: happiness, fear, hopefulness, sheer & utter panic...just to name a few. What we could have never predicted was that our big move would happen at the same time as a worldwide health pandemic.

So, when my editor asked me to share what my "Work from Home" experience has been over the last few weeks, I knew I had to talk about what it was like to pack and move across town while navigating the ever-changing regulations of the crisis.

Overall, while moving during a pandemic is not something I would ever recommend, it definitely made me realize how fragile life is, and how we must continue to do everything we can to protect each other from catching this debilitating virus.

If that means moving two U-Haul loads of furniture and boxes on my own, and following the movers around with disinfecting wipes, then so be it. At the end of the day, we're all in this together so we might as well follow the rules as best we can.

Now that we're in our beautiful new house, I can kick back on our couch and take comfort in the fact that we did it - and that we're going to stay put for a while!

How can you start something good?

Now that we've turned up on the other side, I though I would share a few helpful tips for anyone who is planning a move in the upcoming weeks:

1. Communication is key!

Much to the annoyance of our movers, we made sure to check in with them every other day ahead of our move date. We were really nervous when our county ordered non-essential businesses to close, but we immediately reached out to our movers who reassured us that they were still operating and would let us know if anything changed. (Shout out to Make Moves, LLC for keeping us informed and always returning our *many* emails and calls!)

2. Sanitize, sanitize, sanitize!

I must have gone through almost 3 cans of Clorox wipes during the move. From wiping down the U-Haul before we left the lot, to keeping boxes and other items clean once they were brought in by movers, I made it my personal duty to keep our stuff as germ-free as possible. We also made sure to make our sinks available to the movers so they could wash their hands as often as they needed to during the time they were with us.

3. Be strict - but safe!

As I mentioned in the video, one of of our biggest worries was getting our internet service set up once we were in our new home. When we originally spoke to Comcast, they let us know that they would not allow the service member to enter our home and would instead provide us with instructions for installing our own line remotely. Since neither my husband nor I have ever installed our own cable, we knew this could be a big problem.

Thankfully, after a little prodding, the service member did come in and install our cable for us. We were careful to give him space and stay at a safe distance while he did the installation, and he wore gloves and booties to keep himself, and us, as safe as possible.

4. Trust in the process!

As most of us know, moving can be very stressful. Add in an escalating global health crisis with business closures and social distancing restrictions, and it can be downright panic-inducing. Throughout the craziness I just had to remind myself that we would be okay, that the precautions we were taking were enough and that it would all be over soon. At some point, despite what's happening in the outside world, you have to just let go and trust the process!

5. Stay flexible - if you can!

While moving is still considered as an *essential* service in most cities, if you haven't closed on your house yet and would rather reschedule your move for a later date, that is an option. Sadly, it wasn't for us since we had already signed contracts and were moving out of a rental where new tenants were scheduled to move in soon. If we could have delayed our move, believe me we would have!

If you bought a home, you can contact your lender and request an addendum for additional flexibility should the parties be quarantined or unable to complete the transaction (here's an example). If you're renting, reach out to your landlords to see if there's any possibility of extending your lease, or postpone starting a new rental agreement, until the crisis passes.

Hopefully this little bit of knowledge will help you if you're one of the "lucky" ones who are moving during the Covid-19 crisis.

If you have moved recently and have any additional tips that made the process go more smoothly, please share them in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you!

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