Essential Tips for Seniors Making a Move to a New Home
Moving to a new house as a senior can be a beneficial move for quality of life. If the move is a downsizing measure, it can help by making your life more manageable, reducing the amount of upkeep you are responsible for. If you are moving further away, maybe it is so you can be closer to your kids and grandkids. Maybe you’re just tired of your old house and want a change. The point is, seniors have just as many valid reasons to buy a new home as anyone else. But once you do, it is important to know how to make the move as painless as possible.
Do your research and hire a reliable company
Most moving company research begins online.
“Most companies have websites that list their services, service history, destinations they will move to, and roughly how much it will cost,” says TheSpruce.com. “This is a great place to get background information and to start compiling a list of potential companies. Also, most companies will list contact information, including email addresses, allowing you to ask questions and be provided with a written response.”
After you have found what appears to be a reputable company, check out their history on sites like the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, and MovingScam.com. Call and schedule an appointment. A good moving company will take an inventory of your belongings and quote you a solid price, or at least give you a non-fluctuating hourly rate. Never sign a blank contract with a moving company and never pay a bunch of money down.
Pack up what you can before the move
Do some research, find some ways to acquire boxes on the cheap, and pack up your own stuff long before the movers arrive.
“If you pack your belongings yourself, the mover generally isn’t responsible for damage to them. However, if you have your mover do the packing, you may pay inflated prices for boxes and packing materials, not to mention time and labor. If you decide to have the movers pack, ask about the packers’ experience. Most packers are careful, but you want to avoid the chance of getting someone who tosses whatever they can into a box and then seals it up with little regard for breakage,” says Moving.com.
Having said that, the benefits of packing your belongings yourself are greater than the potential hazards. You will save a ton of money – both on packing costs and on moving time.
Know how to properly downsize
This is big. It is highly unlikely that, as a senior, you will be moving into a larger house than the one that you are currently occupying. A smaller home means less room for stuff. Downsizing is not only necessary on a physical level but it will also help you de-clutter and de-stress your life once you have settled in your new home.
One solid rule is to frame things in “yes or no” questions. Instead of open-ended thoughts like “what do I want to keep?” ask yourself something like, “do I want to keep these specific bowls; yes or no?” This leaves no room for “maybes”.
“Relocation experts call it the OHIO rule: Only handle it once. The less decisive you are about what to do with an item, the more attached you (or your parent) risk becoming to it. Moving things in and out of ‘maybe’ piles is also takes time,” says Caring.com.
Think about it this way: If you had to rebuild your entire collection of belongings from scratch, what would you repurchase? What would mean the most to you? Using this thought process, you can pare down your belongings to the essentials.
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