Do you have a move plan in the coming days or months? Understand that the situation of COVID-19 does not give you a great margin. Among the hygiene rules to be followed, traffic restrictions and permissions to take, it is essential to prepare well to carry out your move project. Do you need to call on friends, family members? These are all questions that deserve attention to be addressed in order to minimize interactions that may promote contamination. To help you, here are some helpful tips to help you better prepare for the move.

Set the prerequisites

You have postponed it for a long time and that is the decision. You want to move despite the difficult health environment. In this case, and above all, you will have to settle some necessary prerequisites for the move. Indeed, during a period of confinement, you have the obligation to receive the derogatory certificate that specifies the reason for the exit. In general, this is a compelling family ground for which there will be no mileage restrictions. If you use a moving structure, the company’s proof can be authentic. In addition, the deed of sale or the new lease agreement can act as a proof.

For your move to Montreal, for example, the state of play will be done while respecting the barrier gestures and social distance. Therefore, if you are considering using friends, limit yourself to the bare minimum.

Limit the number of people to be asked

Since the introduction of confinement, many have been thinking about how to move alone without the help of a friend or family member. To avoid contamination, it is recommended to stick to the occupants of the dwelling to move, members of the same family or your roommates for example. Avoid using all your friends to reduce travel and interaction. However, if you are required to use your friends, you will have to limit yourself to a maximum of 6 people according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Housing.

For each person who has to intervene in the removal process, a derogatory travel certificate is required.

Good to know: on the derogatory travel certificate, the checkbox is of course “moving for compelling family reasons” with reason for moving force majeure. The date, time, departure and destination addresses, and a copy of the end of the current leasewill be included. Each person involved in the move must have the individual certificate.


Don’t wait until the day of the move to pack your boxes. Get a head start on the package if you don’t plan to turn it over to a professional mover. Sort the effects you don’t use regularly so they’re packaged and stored, ready to be loaded.

To make sure you are methodical on the same day, put all the boxes and your furniture in order to get out to avoid going back and forth into the accommodation. Don’t forget to communicate these trips to those who come to help you and to ensure compliance with the rules of safety and hygiene.

Observe the hygiene rules

To avoid any form of contamination, you should observe sanitary measures during the move. This is part of your protection and that of your teammates.

  • If you are renting a truck, be sure to clean up all areas that may have been handled before use;
  • Avoid wearing your hands to your face;
  • Do hand washing frequently during the day. In case you do not have access to a water point, keep a bottle of hydro-alcoholic gel with you all the time;
  • If you are moving large furniture, prioritize the use of straps to maintain an acceptable distance between movers;
  • Wear gloves;
  • Observe a distance of at least one metre, especially with people who are not members of the household;
  • If you cough, be sure to do it in your elbow;
  • In the new dwelling, check the health status of previous tenants. The Info-Santé service can give you disinfection instructions to follow to avoid contamination.

In summary, when you need to relocate during COVID-19, it is recommended that you take all precautionary measures to minimize the risk of virus contamination.

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