5 Helpful Moving Tips for Seniors
When it’s time to retire, you may want to move into a smaller home or one that’s easier to navigate—perhaps into one in which everything is on one floor. You may even want to move closer to your adult children so they can assist you if you become ill—or just to visit with your grandchildren more often. Here are some tips that can help your removal go smoothly:
1. Downsize Your Belongings
First, select those items you treasure the most. Set them aside to keep in your new home. If some of your mementoes won’t fit in your new home, but you want to keep them in the family, give them to your children or loved ones to treasure. If you just can’t let them go, consider storing them with your removalist in a secure storage facility where you can visit them whenever you want. That way, if you find room for them in your new home, you can have your removalist bring them over then.
2. Take Your Time
Start early, and then do a little bit every day so it’s not such a challenge. Moving, especially from your lifetime home, can be emotionally wearing, so take it one step at a time. If it’s just one drawer or one cabinet a day, that’s fine. With small steps every day, you’ll eventually accomplish the list of tasks.
3. Consider Your New Home’s Floor Plan
If you’re downsizing, ask your real estate agent for the dimensions of each room in your new home. You may need to buy smaller pieces of furniture to fit into your new space. If your loved ones don’t want the pieces you don’t take with you, consider selling them on eBay or Gumtree. Donate those pieces that don’t sell to your favourite charity.
4. Notify Family and Important Contacts
Make sure that your family, friends, and healthcare practitioners have your new address. Notify Australia Post of your move, as well as your banks. Arrange to have your utilities turned off at your old home and to have them turned on before you arrive at your new one.
5. Take Advantage of Available Help
If your family or friends want to help you go through your belongings, pack, or bring food during the packing or moving process, welcome them. Consider asking your removalist to pack your belongings for you. You may be surprised at the low cost for this extra service, and it can save you needless stress and time.
Remember—you’re not alone. Get all the help you need. After all, you’ve worked hard all your life. Reward yourself with an easy move. For more tips or to book your packing or removal, contact the senior moving experts at Zoom Removals today.