Moving during COVID-19? The staff at Countrywood Apartment Homes have got some tips for you! Moving is hard work, and the pandemic can make it a little more tricky. So follow these guidelines to have a smooth and safe experience:

Plan Ahead and Get on the Same Page

Ever made a moving to-do checklist? Those things can be long! There’s a lot to think about when you’re moving in general, but that list gets a little more complicated when you’re moving during COVID-19. Luckily, planning ahead can take a lot of stress out of the process. For starters, be sure to have a chat with your movers before the big day to get on the same page. Doing so will allow you to “confirm your reservation and discuss best practices for moving day,” says Laura Mueller at “Moving companies are putting in lots of safeguards to help protect their clients, and it helps to be on the same page as them in terms of what is expected.”

Also, make sure you go over the plan with any friends or family helping you move. Get on the same page about following safety guidelines and make sure everyone knows your schedule. Then, prepare to be flexible: You never know if something will go wrong! When you have a flexible plan for how the day is going to go, you can be prepared for a stress-free moving day.

Buy All Your Supplies at Once

Moving during COVID-19 means you want to reduce the number of times you run to the store. Easier said than done—it’s so hard to estimate how many boxes and tape rolls you need!

We found this packing calculator to help you out. Just enter the number of rooms and people in your house, plus your packing style and lifestyle (from minimalist to packrat). They’ll give you an estimate of the number of boxes and packing supplies you’ll need, plus a rough idea of how much you can expect to spend on them. Follow this guide, and when in doubt, buy extra! You can always donate any supplies you don’t use. 

Buying all your supplies in one go cuts down the number of times you need to go to the store, which reduces the chances of catching the virus. So use the calculator, buy a little extra, and you should be good to go.

Have a Backup Plan

Moving is hard work, so you want to be in tip-top shape when moving day rolls around. But what if you get sick or something urgent comes up?

Our first tip is to find a moving company that offers free rescheduling. That will allow you to move the date if you need to. But “if your move date is inflexible, plan for someone who can be a representative onsite to oversee the move so no one’s health is put at risk,” says Ada Tseng at the Los Angeles Times. There’s nothing like a backup plan to help you feel more relaxed. Even if you don’t end up using it, there is peace of mind in being prepared.

If you’re moving during the pandemic, we wish you success and safety! Plan ahead, buy all your supplies at once, and have a backup plan. By following those steps, you’ll have a smooth moving experience.