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Moving During COVID-19: Challenges and Tips

two blue surgical mask on wooden tableThe novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic has caused a huge amount of upheaval in our society, especially economically. Many people have lost their jobs and are seeking new employment opportunities. For those lucky enough to find something new, an important question is what should you do if it requires moving to a new place? In this article we’ll guide you through both the challenges of planning a move during a pandemic and some tips and advice for doing it safely. We hope this information soon becomes obsolete with the development and distribution of effective vaccines and treatments. How long that will take remains to be seen. And if there’s ever another serious pandemic…well, let’s not even go there. Stay positive!

Busy Bee Movers Can Move You Safely During the Pandemic

If you need to move to Indianapolis from anywhere in Indiana or need to move out of Indiana to some other place, Busy Bee Movers stands ready to provide as much assistance as you need. And to allow moving during COVID-19 to happen with health and safety in mind. 

We want you to know we are following all the procedures and best practices to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and health of our customers and team members is our top priority as we continue providing our moving services. We are closely monitoring the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak and the guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The preventative measures to prevent the spread of and exposure to the virus include staying home when sick or with a fever of 100.4, cough and sneeze etiquette, hand hygiene, wearing face masks, and social distancing. Our trucks, equipment, and facilities are routinely deep-cleaned and sanitized, and our staff is provided with disposable wipes for commonly used surfaces. 

Adapting to Pandemic Pandemonium

It’s mind-boggling how quickly everyone’s lives were turned upside down, not to mention the economy coming to a screeching halt, when the pandemic hit hard earlier this year. Here we are seven months into this crisis and new cases are on the rise in many places as more efforts are made to reopen things and get the economy going, and still no vaccines or effective treatments are widely available. Everyone is anxious to get back to normal, but we’re finding out the hard way that this pandemic is far from over and still needs to be taken seriously. 

Like many companies that haven’t shut down entirely, moving companies like ours have to figure out how to adapt to pandemic conditions. After all, given the state of the economy, many people need to move in order to find new jobs and provide for their families. The big question on everyone’s mind is how to do what needs to be done with health and safety still being a primary concern. 

Essential Tips When Moving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Making a move under normal conditions can be stressful enough but moving during COVID-19 adds in all kinds of new stresses and anxieties. One woman wrote about her and husband’s experience of moving during COVID-19, including what she wished she had known ahead of time, in a USA Today article. Some key tips that come from her experience include the following:

  1. Overbuy Packing Materials. No one wants to make multiple trips to the local big box or local hardware store when you realize you don’t have enough packing materials (boxes, tape, bubble wrap, etc.). To minimize your risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, this is one situation where you should definitely go ahead and overbuy moving materials to avoid unnecessary trips to high-traffic stores. Donate the leftovers to others who may need them!
  2. Safely Donating Unwanted Items: It’s a very sensible thing when moving to pare down the amount of stuff you have to pack and move by donating items you no longer need or want to various charitable organizations that will take them and pass them on or sell them to others. Each donation site (Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift stores, etc.) is going to have different protocols and procedures for how they take donations during the pandemic, so be sure to investigate their websites or call them out so you know ahead of time how it will work.
  3. Speak Up if Needed with Movers: If you hire a moving company, what will you do if the movers don’t stick to the safety protocols you were told would be practiced? You need to be willing to speak up and enforce such protocols, whether it’s mask wearing or hand washing or social distancing. And don’t pack away every bar of soap, because loading a moving truck is going to take hours, which means you and the movers are going to need to use the bathroom at some point. Also have plenty of hand sanitizer available as well.
  4. Allow Extra Time: As you’ve no doubt discovered on multiple occasions over the last several months, everything is harder in pandemic conditions, so be sure you build extra time into your moving schedule and go easy on yourself and others. Every emotion you feel when making a move in normal times will be amplified because of the pandemic. We’re all doing the best we can in these crazy times, so give yourself and others a break.

An article on the Good Housekeeping website made some other good points we endorse:

  1. Minimize the People Involved: In pre-pandemic times, moving was something that often became a kind of party with all manner of friends and family dropping by to lend a hand and wish you well. This, of course, would not be wise as it just ups the potential risk of being exposed to the virus. The idea now is to minimize the number of people involved from both the moving company and the family being moved. 
  2. Ask Questions: Also don’t be timid about asking questions of potential moving companies you might hire. suggested these questions: “How often are they monitoring or screening the health of their crew members? What kind of supplies, including face masks, gloves, and hand sanitizers, are being made available to movers on a daily basis?” Also, hiring a moving company often involves a lot of paperwork, and it would be better if all that could be handled online instead of in-person.

Other tips we’ve come across that we think are useful for planning a move during the pandemic include the following:

  1. Virtual Quote: In normal times, a moving company might come and do a walk-through of your home in order to see what you have and then formulate their quote based on what they see. This process can still happen if the moving company is willing to do it virtually by having you walking around your home during a live videoconference call using your smartphone or tablet.
  2. No-Contact Moves: Some moving companies are willing to do no-contact moves. When it’s time for the movers to arrive, the family exits the home and leaves the door unlocked so the movers can do their work. This option works best if everything is already packed ahead of time. 
  3. Unpack Yourself: If the place you’re moving to has a garage and you really want to stay safe, have the movers unload all the boxes into the garage and let them sit or disinfect them before you start unpacking things yourself. 
  4. Tipping: It’s common to hand out tips to movers but during the pandemic ask if you can add mover tips to the overall bill and pay via credit card online. 

Moving companies have been deemed essential services from the beginning of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you should be any less vigilant because working with movers is going to increase your risk of exposure to the novel coronavirus, so take all safety and health precautions you can, including all the CDC guidelines!

Busy Bee Movers: Trusted Moving Services in Indianapolis and Beyond

When it comes to making a move to or from Indianapolis and other communities across the state of Indiana, Busy Bee Movers is the company you can trust to handle as much or as little of your move as you want. We offer a full range of moving services, including the following:

  • Working with you to create a moving plan customized to your needs.
  • Packing and unpacking services.
  • Packing supplies such as moving boxes, tape, bubble wrap, furniture pads, and more.
  • Storage facilities if you need to set some items aside for a period of time.
  • Moving all sorts of heavy objects, including pianos.
  • Residential or commercial moving services.
  • Special handling of fragile items, including moving antiques and fine art.
  • Moving large items to relocated them within a home or business.

Moving yourself or your family and all its belongings is a big task made even more complicated by the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic. But you can rest assured knowing Busy Bee will provide our moving services with health and safety in mind, not just for your sake but also for the sake of our valued employees. Let us know what questions and concerns you may have and we’ll address them, including our plan for following coronavirus guidelines of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state of Indiana. 

Quality professional moving services can take a lot of the work off your shoulders, and of course a stress-free move comes at a cost, but we’ve kept our prices very competitive and we think you’ll be pleased not just with the price, but the value your get for your money. Contact us through our website, where you can get a quick free online quote or a more detailed estimate, or just call us directly at 317-695-9927 to start planning your move!

COVID-19 Response

We want to assure our customers that Busy Bee Movers is following all necessary procedures and best practices surrounding the news of COVID-19. The safety and health of our customers and team members is the number one priority as we continue our moving services. We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak according to the guidelines and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These preventative measures include staying home when sick or a fever of 100.4, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene. Our trucks, equipment, and facilities are routinely cleaned and our staff is provided with disposable wipes for commonly used surfaces. Thank you for your business and continued support.

Why Keeping Your Private Information Safe During Moving is Important

It’s no secret that moving can be incredibly stressful. It also often means handing over your most valuable possessions to moving companies. Leaving your personal possessions with a moving company can exponentially increase stress during the moving process.

From electronic devices to extremely sensitive personal documents, you need to know how to handle your most valuable possessions during a move.

Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Personal Information

Identification documents (social security, driver license and credit cards) in hand of thief, isolated on white.

There are some simple ways to protect your private and sensitive data throughout the moving process. It’s important that during a move, you consider and take steps to protect anything that is personally identifying.

Personally identifying items include anything with your name accompanied by sensitive information like social security numbers or important account numbers. This page will give you a checklist of items for before you hand over your most important items for a move.

Collect Sensitive Personal Documents

The first way to protect your personal information during a move is to collect all sensitive personal documents. Many people have one spot where they keep these documents, so it may be as easy as grabbing everything from that one spot.

Documents that should be included in your collection include:

  •       Birth certificate
  •       Bank or credit card statements
  •       Social security card
  •       Insurance information
  •       Credit reports
  •       Diplomas / certificates of education
  •       Passport
  •       Investment statements

This list is not exhaustive and should be used as a starting point. Some movers might not have all of this information, and some may need to include more documents than listed above. Use your best judgement and collect anything that you feel is important.

Social Security Numbers & Account Numbers

Your most sensitive information is also the information that could compromise your identity and credit. Documents like your social security card and your bank account numbers are items that you should ideally keep under lock and key.

Getting a small locked box is a good way to make sure these documents do not fall into the wrong hands during the moving process. If a lockbox is not available or in the budget, it’s a good idea to keep these documents with you at all times or give these documents to a trusted relative or friend.

Insurance Company Documents

Just as important as the documents above, but less sensitive, insurance documents are important to keep in mind during a move. Insurance statements and coverage descriptions should still be kept on hand even with steady internet access.

By including insurance documents in your checklist, you’re also ensuring that no lapses in coverage occur during the moving process. Insurance companies will also need to be notified of a change of address once the move is complete.

Electronic Devices

In today’s world, electronics move everything. Especially if you have young children, keeping electronics safe and secure during a move could be the difference between a meltdown and a smooth journey. Laptops, televisions, smart devices like Amazon’s Alexa, streaming devices, and others might be included in your electronic checklist.

As these are some of the most expensive individual items that you will move, you should consider how you or your moving company is going to transport them. If you still have the boxes and packing materials, it’s a good idea to use those during transport. If not, using a combination of soft materials like blankets and large totes, you should be covered when it comes to protecting your electronic devices.

Friend or Family Member Information

If you’re like most people, you also have documents with potentially sensitive information about friends or family members. Things like addresses on birthday or holiday cards should be kept private, and while not something you need to put in a lockbox, these items should be handled with care.

Giving these documents to a trusted family member or friend is a good way to protect these often overlooked documents during a move.

Safety First for Busy Bee Customers

As a Busy Bee customer, we prioritize safety for both you and your most precious items. We’ll help you protect your information in a way that makes sense, and will take the utmost care to ensure proper delivery. Making your move go as smoothly as possible is what keeps us going. You can trust us to take care of your items like they were our own.

Here are Ten Reasons You Should Move to Indianapolis

St. Elmo

Indianapolis is quickly becoming famous throughout the Midwest and beyond for its dedication to fine dining experiences and plenty of delicious food, but the culinary tradition of Indy started with St. Elmo. This steak house offers the finest cuts of meat Indianapolis has to offer and is perfect before or after any big game or event. Not to mention, their famously spicy shrimp cocktail will give you stories to tell for years.

The Indianapolis Children’s Museum

Located just north of Downtown Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Children’s Museum is actually the largest children’s museum in the world by square footage. This makes it perfect for families, or even fun-loving and curious adults! See a working water clock, plenty of rotating attractions throughout the year, and a truly breathtaking multi-story indoor glass sculpture.

State Parks

Indianapolis is a perfect blend of urban living with quick and easy access to plenty of beautiful nature through Indiana’s robust state parks system. Indianapolis residents live within a two-hour drive from plenty of state parks, from Brown County to Turkey Run and beyond. Hiking, canoeing and camping is easily accessible from Indianapolis, making it the perfect city for those who want the excitement of downtown and access to nature.

Live Music

Live music is easy to come by in Indianapolis, with major venues spread throughout the area. Downtown, you’ll be able to access world-famous stars playing shows at the Old National Center or The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park, with smaller venues elsewhere in the city with more intimate areas. Head north, and you’ll reach Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, which has hosted many of the biggest names in music today.

The Indianapolis Colts

Indiana is football country, and there’s no team that creates more pride than the Indianapolis Colts. With star players and a fanbase like none other, Indianapolis has a unique atmosphere on game day. Fall just isn’t the same in Indianapolis without the Colts, and by wearing some team gear you’re likely to make fast friends with fellow fans. Go Colts!

The Indy 500

One of the world’s most famous sporting events, in one of the world’s most storied sporting venues, takes place right here in Indianapolis. The Indy 500 takes place every year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, bringing crowds above 100,000 people out to Speedway to see the race and create a celebration like no other. Throughout the month of May, the race lights Indianapolis up with plenty of festivals and experiences to bring citizens, friends and families together in celebration.

Indiana State Museum

Proudly boasting incredible rotating exhibits within a cutting-edge building that also plays host to an IMAX theater for all the biggest releases, the Indiana State Museum located in downtown Indianapolis is the perfect mix of education and entertainment that can take up an entire day or even more. Right next door is the Eiteljorg Museum, a leading national collection of native American and western art.

Craft Beer

Craft beer is exploding throughout the country, and in Indianapolis the craze has taken root like few other places. There are locally-owned craft breweries in plenty of neighborhoods throughout the city, brewing original beers and often serving up incredible food to accompany it. Sun King, one of Indianapolis’ largest breweries, has opened up a second location in Carmel for those looking just north of the city.

Downtown Indy

Downtown Indy is a unique place: packed with art, culture, nightlife and opportunity, but dense enough to be able to easily travel from one location to the next. Grab a scooter, and explore food, drink and culture!

A Growing City

At the end of the day, the biggest reason why so many people are moving to Indianapolis now is the growth of the city. The area is teeming with opportunity, with new businesses opening up and neighborhoods improving every day. Indianapolis is a city of now, and a city of the future. Come be a part of it.

What You Need to Do After Moving In

You prepared for your moving day like a professional mover. You labeled your boxes, stowed away your important documents and valuables, and it showed. Moving in was a breeze thanks to your careful preparation. But are you ready for what happens directly after your moving dates?

While most people keep and maintain a moving day checklist and inventory sheet, few people keep a checklist for what needs to happen post-move to truly make your new place a home. Here’s a rundown of some things you should do directly after your big day.

Double Check Your Boxes

If you’re like many smart movers, you hired a moving company to assist you in moving your largest pieces of furniture down to the smallest box. Most movers using a reliable moving company will keep an inventory sheet that lists the items that were in each box.

Upon the professional movers leaving your new home or apartment, you’ll first want to double check the items in the boxes against your inventory sheet. If a box or a household item happens to be missing, notify the moving crew right away. It may have been left in the moving truck by mistake. If you find broken or damaged goods, note the specific damage in your inventory list and contact the moving company in an attempt to resolve the issue.

Unpack Essentials First

While it may be tempting to begin unloading toys or decorations right off the moving truck, you’re likely better off waiting on those types of items. Unpacking essentials like dishes, bed sheets, etc. first will allow you to have everything you need to sleep and eat before you get to the extra things that make a house a home.

Yes, not having WiFi right off the bat may be painful, but it will be worth it to have a place to take a well-deserved nap in the middle of unpacking.

Stay Organized

The hard work isn’t over just yet. Don’t forget to stay organized after moving into your new place. Write down a list of everything that still needs to be accomplished over the coming days or weeks.

This may feel like just another thing that takes time out of your day, but staying organized is the key to having a successful move. Your list may include tasks like planting flowers, calling the cable/internet company, unpacking non-essentials, or even simple things like getting groceries. Keeping this list will allow you to make sure your move goes as smoothly as possible.

Clean Your House

It might have been clean when you walked in on move-in day, but chances are that post-move, you have some cleaning to do. Setting aside time to clean your house after the movers leave gives you the best opportunity to make new space exactly what you want it to be.

Many movers, especially first-time movers, may give up and live in clutter for a few days or weeks. Doing this can make moving feel like it takes forever and can leave a dark cloud over the whole process. Cleaning your new space right after moving in, even if you still have boxes to unpack, makes your space feel like it’s yours from day one.

Change Your Address

Naturally, your new home comes with a new address. One thing many movers fail to change until several weeks after a move is their address on legal, work, or personal documents. You should also set aside time to contact banks, credit card companies, insurance companies and other important institutions and inform them of your recent change of address. Your real estate agent will likely encourage and/or help with this process as well.

Assess Your Current Financial Situation

Moving comes with moving expenses. Once the relocation is over, it’s important that you sit down and assess your current financial situation. Did the move go over your allocated moving budget or did you manage to fit it in? If the relocation cost you much more than you expected, how are you planning on addressing that deficit?

No two moves are the same, and fully understanding your financial situation pre and post-move gives you a chance to either celebrate coming in under budget or figure out how to address going over.

How Busy Bee Movers Can Help

At Busy Bee Movers, we understand how stressful a major transition can be. That’s why we’re committed to making your move as seamless as possible — from start to finish. We take extra care in handling your prized possessions, providing exceptional service at competitive prices. For more than 25 years, we have helped move thousands of residents and offices throughout Indiana, including cities like Indianapolis, Greenwood, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Fishers, Zionsville, Carmel, Muncie, and Avon. Moving out of state? We can handle that too.

Call today for a free estimate on your move: 317-565-1387

Packing for a Downsize

As American homes grow larger in size (and higher in price) many people say if they decided to move, they’d want to downsize. In fact, more homeowners would rather have a smaller house than a larger one (37% compared to 23%).

With that goal in mind – living large in a smaller home – here are some tips for planning ahead for a downsize:

  • Take an inventory – Before you tackle a downsize, knowing where you’re headed is key. How much space – inch for inch, room for room – are you losing? It’s important to have a general idea where your possessions will end up in your new residence, so estimate what amount you’ll aim to take with you before the packing begins. Better yet, draw up a general blueprint of your new home and note which major items will be placed in the new location.
  • Organize – With a general goal in mind, create piles (or designate space) for each room in your new residence. As you maneuver through each room in your current residence, place each item in its respective, new location. We recommend creating the following piles: items to trash, items to sell, and items to give away.
  • Identify and address duplicates – Have two toasters? Get rid of one. Only take what you need and utilize the purge/donate sell process with any duplicate items.
  • Purge – If any item didn’t make the cut for a donation or giveaway, save yourself some space and trash it. For ease, consider renting a roll off dumpster.
  • Donate – One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Instead of defaulting to throwing items away, donate them. Organizations like Goodwill will even allow you to schedule a donation pick up, saving you time and allowing you to continue packing for your move.
  • Sell – If your item has monetary value and you’re in the market for a little cash, consider resources like Ebay, Craigslist, or having your own garage sale.
  • Prioritize – When you arrive at your new home, what items will you need immediate access to? Consider things like medications, pet food, cleaning supplies, important documents, etc. Label boxes accordingly, detailing what is packed and what room it should be unloaded in upon arrival.

No matter the size of your moving load, Busy Bee Movers has the expertise to deliver your possessions efficiently and safely. Contact us to start planning your move today.