The COVID-19 pandemic has a way of making even the most mundane tasks a bit complicated, and big life changes even more monumental. Just when you get used to the “new normal” of life during the pandemic, something comes along to make life complicated again—like moving to a new home.

Moving was a bit simpler in the past. Hire a moving company, or call a few friends and family members to load boxes and furniture, reward everyone with pizza, and be on your way. Moving during a pandemic, on the other hand, might leave you with nothing with questions. Although things are much different today, moving during a pandemic can still go smoothly with the right preparations. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Figure Out Your Moving Crew

It’s important to figure out early what kind of help you will have on moving day. Depending on where you live, having friends and family helping out might not be an option. Check your local restrictions before you make your plans. If you can’t call on the usual suspects, find out if hiring a moving company is an option for you. If you are on your own, you’ll need to plan some extra time into your move to make it happen.

Safety First

Once you have your crew figured out, make sure the appropriate safety precautions are in place. If you hire a moving company, ask lots of questions first to ensure the company follows all recommended safety measures. Find out what to expect from the company when they arrive at your home and call them if those protocols aren’t followed when the employees show up. If you are able to have friends or family help, discuss with them what measures will be in place. Have lots of gear on hand for people to use, like hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves as needed. Even with the right supplies, make sure everyone follows social distancing guidelines.

Plan Your Travel

Of course, the move itself will require a little more planning than usual. You might just be heading across town to a new neighborhood or coming to Fountain Valley from another county, or maybe a new job is bringing you to Serena Vista from across the country. You’ll need to check out COVID-19 restrictions all along the way to ensure you are following the appropriate guidelines. If you are driving yourself, flying, or finding another mode of transportation, make sure you mask up and follow any other relevant precautions.

Moving during a pandemic doesn’t look like it did before COVID-19 reared its ugly head, but this big event can still be a happy and exciting development in your life. Follow these tips to stay safe and ensure your move is successful.