Whether you are a senior who is relocating to be closer to grandchildren, downsizing to spend more time having fun and less time maintaining your home, or moving to enjoy your retirement years in a senior living community, you should be sure to make the moving process as easy and stress-free as possible. Getting the moving help you need will reduce the risk of injuring yourself and overexerting yourself. By using a checklist as a guide and our three tips, you can ensure a safe and healthy move for relocating seniors.
1. Hire Professionals
If you are moving an entire household from one location to another, you may have too many belongings and not enough hands to help do it all. Professional packing services are available to pack some or all of your belongings. Many professional packers pack boxes, wrap furniture, and load shipping containers and rental trucks.
In many cases, seniors choose to pack their personal belongings and hire the professional packers to handle larger items such as furniture and appliances. Many professional packing services also offer unpacking services, and some will even set up your new home for you. This option is ideal for seniors with mobility challenges or health concerns. Hiring professional packers makes the daunting task of packing your home more manageable for you.
If you prefer to pack your own belongings, you still should consider hiring a moving company to load your items into trucks and haul them for you. Professional movers know exactly how to pack items for hauling in order to minimize potential damage to your furniture and valuables. Professional movers also have the equipment needed to move heavy items up and down stairs, in tight spaces, and across long distances. Your belongings and your health and safety are much more secure when you leave the heavy lifting to the professionals.
If you have animals in your home, it’s important to keep them out of the way on moving and packing day. Aside from causing anxiety for your pet, you don’t want them to be underfoot when there is a lot of activity in your house. If you can, consider boarding your pet for the day or sending it to stay with a friend.
2. Enlist the Help of Family for Organizing and Packing
If cost is a concern, enlist family members to help pack and unpack rather than hiring professional packers. Some seniors take advantage of a move and seize the opportunity to downsize. Family members can help you sort your items and determine which you want to donate, which you want to sell, and which you want to keep for yourself. While parting with some of your belongings may be difficult, knowing they are going to a good cause or a loved one can make it easier to do so.
One of the simplest things to downsize is your wardrobe. If you are moving to a different climate, consider the types of clothing you will need and keep only those that are appropriate for your new location. If you begin to go through closets and find shoes or jackets or other items that you have not worn for a year or more, donate them.
Family members also can assist you in downsizing your files and important documents. If you have files from more than seven years ago, shred them. If you have deeds and other legal documents for your current property, give them to your realtor or attorney to make the sale or transfer of your current home go more smoothly.
3. Keep Mementos Handy
Of course, moving from a beloved home never is easy, and if you are struggling with the decision to move, it’s a good idea to keep your mementos handy throughout the move. If you have special keepsakes that you want to keep track of to ease the transition to a new home, keep them in a location that is easy to access from the time you begin to pack until you can unpack them and place them in your new home.
Begin by choosing two or three mementos that you want to keep handy. Ask your moving company or your family to keep those items separate from your other boxes. You may want to consider placing them in a padded envelope or bag and keeping them with you while you finish the packing process and travel to your new home. Sometimes, just having some beloved familiar objects close at hand is a quick and easy way to ease the transition.
Few people truly enjoy the moving process, but if you are a senior who is relocating, you can make the task more manageable by hiring professionals, enlisting family members to help organize and pack, and keeping mementos handy throughout the journey.
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