It seems like COVID-19 has disrupted almost everything about our lives, and moving homes is no exception. From finding a new place to packing and moving, nearly every aspect of a typical move has completely changed. You might find yourself asking: Can I move during COVID? What is moving like right now? How can I keep myself safe and healthy while moving? We know that things are stressful right now, so here’s everything you need to know about moving during the Coronavirus crisis. Moving During (and After) COVID-19 Can You Move? In Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker has declared “workers who support moving and storage services” to be essential. That means Gallo has and will remain open during this crisis to help people like you safely move and store their belongings. So if you’re moving into, out of, or to a different part of Massachusetts, you are free to do so. However, remember to take extra precautions to keep your family safe. That includes maintaining a 6-foot distance from your moving crew and washing your hands thoroughly and frequently. And if you or someone you’re moving with is older or immuno-compromised, it might be wise to reschedule your move if possible. Can You Tour A Home? In Massachusetts, most real estate companies have suspended open houses and in-person tours. Luckily, virtual tours are available for many listings. With high-quality images and videos you can get a good idea of what a space is like. And if you are serious about a place, you may be able to request a socially distant one-on-one showing. Can I Move To A New State During COVID-19? Most state and local governments have decided that moving is an essential service during COVID-19, so you should be able to move. However, you should still check with any moving companies, service providers, and local government offices to make sure that you are good to go. Use this CDC resource to check the state you’re moving out of, the state you’re moving into, and any states you’ll be traveling through during your move. How To Get Your Supplies When moving, people try to save money wherever they can. But during a global pandemic, you don’t want to cut costs on your moving supplies by reusing boxes from supermarkets or other businesses. The National Institute of Health has warned that the novel Coronavirus can survive for up to 24 hours on cardboard and 3 days on plastic. Don’t take the risk. Opt for brand new boxes and moving supplies from Gallo Moving, delivered to you for free in Eastern, Central, and South Shore of Massachusetts. Order them through our website today! Get A Virtual Moving Quote COVID-19 is primarily spread by person-to-person contact, which is why social distancing is so important to halting transmission. If you can’t reschedule or postpone your move, the best way to stay safe during the process is to keep your distance from movers and other service providers. To keep our customers healthy and safe, we offer a virtual moving assessment of your home through our Gallo Moving App. Get a free, personalized estimate for your home and moving needs. All you need to do is upload pictures and videos of your home or schedule a live virtual assessment with one of our professional estimators. When preparing for your virtual moving estimate, keep these tips in mind: Charge your phone or tablet so it doesn’t die during the assessment Make sure your internet connection is strong so you don’t get disconnected Open any the doors to closets or cabinets you want moved Make sure the lights are on in any rooms you need assessed Have a tape measurer handy just in case Need a moving quote from Gallo? Click here or call us at 508-422-4400 to receive your free, accurate moving quote today! Precautions We Take We take the Coronavirus pandemic very seriously, so we are doing everything we can to make sure our crews and our clients stay safe and healthy. We’re taking the following precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during moves: All trucks and equipment are thoroughly sanitized before and after each move All Gallo employees wear PPE (personal protective equipment) like face masks Crew members who are ill are asked to stay home Implementing strict CDC-approved personal hygiene measures like washing hands Offering virtual moving assessments Practicing social distancing whenever possible during moves Moving To or From Massachusetts During COVID-19? A move can be stressful during the best of times. A global pandemic can make things worse. But at Gallo, we’re doing everything we can to make sure that your move is a stress-free, safe, and hygienic experience. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you move to, from, or within Massachusetts during COVID-10.