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Are Movers Considered Essential Services?

he COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of American businesses to a screeching halt, not to mention the fact that it has caused a major upheaval in many lives from coast to coast.  And yet while social distancing has become the norm for many of us, relocations often can’t wait.  So the question arises, “How is a person supposed to move during this crisis?”  More importantly, are moving companies such as considered essential services?

What services are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Wikipedia defines “essential services” as any class of industry “occupations that have been legislated by a government to have special restrictions in regard to labor actions such as not being allowed to legally strike.”  Many state governments use the word “essential” to describe those businesses, individuals, public gatherings, and services that are still allowed to function/work without any restrictions.  It could also refer to services deemed vital to the health and well-being of a community.

Is moving/relocating essential?

For many families and individuals, moving dates are not always flexible.  For instance, if you’ve sold your home and purchased one with a pending closing date, it’s critical that you have access to services that enable you to move.  Yet while many cities and states have ordered non-essential businesses to temporarily shut down, is considered an essential service and is still operating in normal fashion.

If you fall under what is considered a high-risk classification and have some flexibility, with your moving date, you should consider waiting.  If, on the other hand, you’re unable to reschedule the move, then we recommend contact our professionals for assistance.  Please note that the classification and closure of non-essential businesses will vary from one state to the next, even city to city or county to county.  You may want to do some research as to what is being enforced in your geographic location.

Can I still hire your moving services?

Since we are not aware of any shutdowns with other moving companies, our plan is to keep operating as normal.  Naturally, we will be taking certain precautions and putting certain protocols in place to ensure the protection of customers and our employees.  However, the decision to close any of our locations will be left up to each franchise owner.  If you’ve scheduled your move with us already and have yet to hear otherwise, you can assume that we will still be providing our services as planned.

If, on the other hand, you’re worried about a pending move that you haven’t scheduled with us up to this point, it’s difficult for us to predict the future and know if our services will be available.  The only thing that has changed so far is that has implemented certain measures to protect the customer and the members of our moving teams. You can always call and ask about the latest regulations and we can help you plan accordingly.

What is policy during the pandemic?

In most cases, moving companies have created and posted a policy for operating during these difficult times. There are protocols that have been established regarding physical distancing and sanitation.   If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact us to discuss them with one of our representatives.

What is doing differently?

As with other companies has not taken the seriousness of the Coronavirus lightly.  Consequently, we’ve put certain protocols in place to ensure that our customers as well as our employees are protected and safe.  These protocols include:

  • conducting virtual estimates instead of estimates at customer’s homes
  • following Federal Government and local area guidelines regarding sanitization and physical or social distancing
  • keeping hand sanitizer in all trucks
  • more frequent cleaning and sanitizing procedures of equipment and vehicles
  • practicing social distancing with our employees whenever possible as well as with our customers
  • screening our crew members for the presence of any Coronavirus symptoms
  • wearing gloves and masks

As a further precaution, we ask that customers do not pack their hand soap as we would appreciate being able to wash our hands as frequently as we can. We care about your safety and will ensure that our team and crew is well and healthy before they are dispatched.

To learn more about our services and what we are doing to protect customers and our employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to contact at your convenience.  Our business representatives are available to answer your queries and offer you pertinent information about your anticipated move. Call us today and let’s help you plan your move.