Moving is a big decision for a family. With a house to buy and sell, maintenance projects to worry about, and of course, switching jobs, doctors and schools, there’s a lot to worry about. Throw in a global pandemic, and the process can seem overwhelming. Despite all these concerns, there is actually an uptick in moving in the summer of 2020.
Nearly one in five Americans either relocated due to COVID-19 or know someone who has, according to the Pew Research Center. Whether fleeing an outbreak in the city or adapting to the work-from-home climate by seeking more space, 22% of Americans sought to shelter-in-place in a new place. For the home services industry, this uptick in moving during the global pandemic has provided steady business. In fact, according to REALTOR Magazine, “homes are selling four days faster than a year ago, and median listing prices are 9.4% higher annually” – a surprising increase in the middle of a pandemic.
Who is moving, and why?
Family is a determining factor in moving decisions at all times. Especially during the COVID-19 outbreak, family strongly influenced the decision to live somewhere else. According to the New York Times, “anecdotal evidence and news reports have already shown that the pandemic has spurred people to rethink their living situations.” For some, this means seeking additional help with childcare by moving in with relatives. In fact, from the same Pew Research Center survey, 61% of those who relocated say they moved in with relatives. For some people fleeing larger outbreaks, they made their vacation homes their primary residences during the quarantine.
The primary motivation for moving was to reduce the risk of infection, but other common motives included job losses and the closing of college campuses, which affected young adults more than anyone else.
What to look for when you move
While the circumstances surrounding a family’s decision to move may be different in 2020 than before, the important safety concerns you must consider before buying and selling a home remain the same. To take the stress out of a stressful situation, we’ve compiled a list of ten items that a handyman could do for you to help you sell your house, or to help you take care of the little details before you move into your new home.
Change light fixtures, switch plates, or faucets
Replace caulking around bathtubs and sinks
Replace toilets or garbage disposal
Touch up paint
Replace AC filters
Stain decks, stairs, or other exterior wooden surfaces
Patch any sections of drywall
Replace torn screens
Hang window treatments, shelving, pictures, and mirrors
Why we get it
At Handyman Pro, we know moving is stressful – and it’s more stressful now than ever. As a reliable, professional handyman service, we’re here to take a load off your shoulders by making the hassle of pre-listing or pre-move in maintenance disappear. And as a local, neighborhood service, we understand the importance of your family and their safety. That’s why we offer contact-free services because it’s our job to make your life easier. Now more than ever.
Give us a call at (855) 640-3727 and find your local Handyman Pro technicians today.