The Golden Rules: Moving Guidelines for Seniors & Retirees
Every year over 1 million Americans over the age of 65 move into a new home. Whether you are planning a move to an assisted living facility, a retirement community or scaling down to a place that is more suitable and convenient for this new chapter of life, moving can be a source of worry and angst, but it doesn't have to be. The following tips were put together to assist you in making a more seamless transition towards the near future:
It Starts With a List
If you are serious about moving the very first thing you should do (even before finding a buyer for your home) is to begin taking inventory of everything in your house. Start with the basement and work your way through the entire house until you reach the peak of the attic.
It Can't All Squeeze Together
Most likely you will need to reduce the amount of items you take to your new place. Compare the size of your future home with your current home; will all of the items you were planning to transport actually fit? Make a mental floor plan for where your current possessions will go, and then decide what to do with those pieces that will probably not fit.
Do You Even Need It?
Inevitably, when you've lived somewhere for years, you gather quite a few possessions. Almost every item in your home had an important purpose at some time, but ask yourself; do you still need it all? Ask family and friends to look through the items(they may want to keep some sentimental pieces) and then make three mental piles: throw away, sell or donate to charity the things which aren't going with you. This will not only prepare you for moving, but will also clear clutter and make it easier to showcase your home for prospective buyers.
Keep It Together
The emotional impact of changing one's lifestyle, parting with objects from the past and going through a house full of belongings (and memories) will undoubtedly take its toll, both physically and mentally. Make sure you've set aside enough time to evaluate each of your possessions as well as ample time to wrap your head around the concept of moving, and making a dramatic life change. Realistic decisions also need to be made regarding how much packing and moving should be done without the help of a professional, but if you have enough time allow for an early stage of thoroughly going through items and determining their fate, into keep, donate, sell and even not sure yet categories.
Keep It Together… or Don't Keep It At All
After deciding what you absolutely must keep, give yourself a week-long break and go through your possessions again with a more critical eye. Once you 'try-on' the notion of parting with certain possessions, it may be easier to make a final decision the second time around.
Don't Shake It & Don't Break It!
The physical demands of packing and moving on your own may be a tremendous undertaking. Moving furniture is difficult for anyone, and most people (even people in their 20s…) underestimate the toll it can take on their body. Not only should you consider that packing your own home may be detrimental to your physical health, you should also keep in mind that whoever packs the belongings legally assumes liability for any items that may occur, so letting a professional do the packing can help ensure minimal damage to yourself, your belongings, as well as ensure that your items are fully covered with insurance and will also give you time and energy to focus on other more pressing & significant matters.
Don't Make It Harder than it has to Be
Planning a move is tough for anyone, but you're not alone and there are people who can help. In addition to including a close friend or family member in the decision making process, you are always welcome to call in and speak with your consultant. Tell us about your move and aspects you are having difficulty with- and we'll offer you experienced advice, every step of the way.