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2020 has turned life upside down. Adapting to the Coronavirus pandemic has been a challenge for all of us. As movers, our team at Priestley & Sons must abide by social distancing guidelines, wear masks, and take other necessary precautions. We know that, pandemic or not, moves need to happen and life goes on.

We understand that moving during a pandemic is stressful. Moving under normal circumstances is overwhelming enough as it is. Now, you’re dealing with a series of challenges you may never have thought would stand in your way.

You may not have control over when your lease ends or when your new home becomes available. Therefore, COVID-19 or not, your move must proceed as safely as possible.

If you are planning a move this year, there are several safety strategies you will need to consider. While Coronavirus may add to your stress, it doesn’t have to overwhelm your moving process.

In this article, we’re sharing how we’ve adapted to COVID-19 and provide answers to some of your top moving questions. A safe move for your family is possible. Read on to learn how to move during the Coronavirus pandemic and keep your family healthy.

Should I Move During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The answer to this question depends on your circumstances and your reasons for moving. Sometimes, we don’t always have the option to stay in the same place, especially if a lease is up or you are moving in with family due to financial hardship. While it might be best to delay moving to mitigate any Coronavirus spread, you may not have that option.

If you must move, be sure to stay on top of announcements from resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stay up-to-date on any changing guidelines, regulations, or outbreaks in your area, and the area you plan to move to.

Every family will need to weigh the risks of moving during the Coronavirus pandemic. There are plenty of things you can do to minimize the risks and ensure your family moves safely.

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Are Movers Still Available to Help During Coronavirus?

Moving companies are part of the category you are all too familiar with now — “essential service.” Essential services include organizations that provide necessary medical or humanitarian services that one could otherwise not obtain or perform themselves.

While moving companies are open and operating during this time, know that franchises and mom-and-pop movers may have limited hours or may be closed permanently.

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How Are Moving Company’s Handling Coronavirus?

Moving companies are now required to abide by certain laws and guidelines that keep the public safe. Here are some of the things we are doing at Priestley & Sons to comply with local and state laws during the Coronavirus pandemic:

  • Regularly washing hands and using hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizing trucks and equipment
  • Providing quotes and assistance virtually and over the phone whenever possible
  • Practicing social distancing with customers at all times
  • Wearing gloves and masks
  • Keeping trucks stocked with hand sanitizer

Learn more about the precautions we take to keep your family safe over on our COVID-19 Announcement Page.

How Can I Best Prepare for My Upcoming Move During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

You need to do several things to keep yourself and your family safe while moving during the Coronavirus pandemic. Follow the suggestions below to keep your loved ones safe.

1. Plan Ahead as Much as Possible

The more advanced notice you can give your movers before moving, the better. Extra time will alleviate last-minute stresses for everyone involved.

2. Communicate with Your Movers

Your movers will implement new strategies and precautions to minimize the risk of Coronavirus spread. Get in touch with your movers and ask questions about how they are keeping clients safe. Moving during the coronavirus pandemic will require you to get on the same page with your movers quickly and early.

3. Reschedule if You’re Sick

You must inform your movers if you are feeling ill or you are having Coronavirus related symptoms. It is best to hold off on moving if you are feeling unwell. Any professional company that is committed to public health and safety will accommodate your request.

4. Protect Your Family Members

The day of your move, be sure to protect yourself and your family members by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing standards, and use hand sanitizer or wash your hands frequently. Most moving companies will have plenty of hand sanitizer stocked in their moving trucks, but you may want to have some extra on hand for the moving crew, just in case.

5. Consider Rescheduling Your Move

If you are in a high-risk group, consider adjusting your plans, if possible. Staying where you are a bit longer may be helpful if you are immunocompromised or over the age of 60. If you need to reschedule your move, be sure to contact your movers as soon as possible to let them know.

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Moving Services in Gresham & More

Priestley & Sons is a local moving company in Gresham, OR. We offer local and long-distance moving services and storage unit rentals to our moving customers. Residents in Gresham and elsewhere in the metropolitan area can take advantage of our services at any time.

Our movers are background screened, experienced, and always treat your belongings with care and respect. We take every precaution possible to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread and require our employees to stay home whenever they feel sick.

Moving during the Coronavirus pandemic doesn’t have to be stressful. Contact Priestley & Sons today to learn more about how we protect you and your family during your move.

Call Priestley & Sons to schedule your move now: (503) 661-7920

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“Teresa, Thank you so very much for sending Robert, Kameron, Andrew and David to my home to move our large items last week. The professionalism shown by your crew was incredible! They made what could have been a very trying day into a pleasure. They were quick, effecient, and very nice to work with. Thanks again!”

-Debra and Jon, SE Portland, OR

“We had Priestly and Sons relocate my Mother into an assisted living apartment. Robert and Cameron arrived on time and checked in with facility staff on how to access the apartment and started the move. They worked quickly and efficiently with no impact to other elderly residents. After my Mothers furniture and belongings were relocated they loaded up the truck with the excess furniture and delivered it to a couple our relatives. It was a long day with a lot of milk run type stops to drop off this and that. The two guys were very courteous and pleasant for the entire day. Most all of our family uses Priestly for their moves and in our extended family there has never been a discouraging word about the Priestly company or employees. Job well done Robert and Cameron.”

-Doug J.

“I am so pleased and impressed with the move efforts & performance by the Priestley team, including the initial contact, the from-to move site visit, and the actual move itself. The movers - Robert, Zach, & Matt Z. were fantastic! They were curious, professional and committed to make the move go without a hitch. Everything was perfect and most importantly, there was no damages of any type. A great experience and I would highly recommend Priestly & Sons for your moving needs.”

-Jim N.

“It has taken me too long to give a review. I'm still up to my neck in boxes. But I really wanted to share how fabulous these guys were to work with. So very professional, and also just all-around nice guys. I really felt that my things were in good and capable hands, and nothing was damaged at all. I really appreciated the way they taped the boxes up with the edges of the tape a little loose. Seems an odd thing that I would mention that, but that little extra courtesy made it so much easier to unpack the boxes later. I would highly recommend Priestly to anyone considering a move. Thanks, guys!”

-Lesley N.

“By far the best moving experience (& I’ve had quite a few moves unfortunately) but the guys were super quick, thorough, stacked the boxes nicely in my storage & provided several walk ways which no other company has ever done. I definitely feel like they went above and beyond. I tried to get them again & they were booked out too far but I don’t blame them for being busy they rocked. The movers weren’t creepy either like two other local companies I’ve went through. They were just ideal & went above & beyond”

-Jessica R.

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Gresham, OR. 97030

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