7 Moving Tips for Seniors
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#1 Plan Carefully
Setting a budget is obvious, but you also need to look at all your stuff and compare this with your new space to ensure everything (especially furniture and appliances) you plan on moving will fit into your new home a living space. This will save you a lot of headaches later.
This dovetails with our first tip, downsizing is a common and good practice for people later in life. The kids are out on their own, and you do not need as much space, furnishings, and home items. Take the time to thoughtfully reduce your belongings and give yourself plenty of time to sell, give away, or remove the items you no longer need. Decreasing the amount of possessions you move will save you a great deal of moving time and costs.
#3 Start Big
When planning your downsizing and what you will end up moving, start with the biggest stuff first. Large furniture, appliances, and other things will be the most difficult to deal with, whether you are downsizing them out or moving them. Addressing these items first will make your job easier as you progress through your inventory.
#4 One Area at a Time
Pick one room or part of the house to start packing up and focus on it. It is also a good idea to start with the least used parts of your home to pack up first. This will cause the least disruption to your daily life, and they are usually easier to address. Once you finish an area, move on to the next one with a sense of accomplishment!
#5 Label Everything
As you are preparing all your possessions to move, mark each one with a label or write on the packing box. Mark each item with its destination. This also applies to anything you are selling or donating. You can also use colored stickers to identify by type (destination, donate, sell, give away, trash, etc.). Having all your items sorted and categorized will help your downsizing and moving go much more smoothly.
#6 Moving-Day Bag
Put together a bag (suitcase) of essential items you will need on your first day in your new home. Clothes, a set of dishes, towels, sheets, toiletries, etc. to use for your first few days. A first aid kit, a flashlight, and a few hand tools are also good things to include. If you have these things readily available, without having to dig through boxes, then your first few days will go much better.
The most important thing to have and bring with you is your patience. You will need to be patient with others and yourself, because moving is tough. This is really true for seniors that may be moving from a home they have lived in for decades. Remember, you don’t have to get rid of everything, the goal is to simplify your life. Moving can be sad, and that’s ok. Focus on the excitement of moving to a new home and take the time to appreciate where you have been and where you are going.
Lastly, if you feel overwhelmed with packing all your stuff, the pros can handle the packing. Let Eco Movers do the work for you.
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- Come prepared with a fully equipped truck stocked with pads, dollies, floor protection, and a full tool set.
- Send a clean, respectful, and fully uniformed crew to your home.
- Wrap and protect your furniture for safe transport.
- Disassemble and Reassemble furniture where needed.
- Be on time to your move.
- Be transparent in all our billing.
- Reduce your stress from moving.
- Take full responsibility for any box Eco-Movers packs.
- Have our customer experience team be there for you before, during, and after the move.
- Immediately address any mistakes.