Moving, at any age, is a big job. Packing is strenuous work. And then there is the added stress of having to ensure that everything is properly secured so that nothing will break en-route. Keep in mind as well; moving does not start when the moving van pulls up. It is a process and thought needs to go into it well ahead of time. As a senior, this is doubly important as physical activity is not as easy as it used to be, so a plan will ease much of the work. As the top moving company for local and long distance moving, Isaac’s Moving and Storage is well experienced when it comes to giving seniors moving advice and to rendering packing services. Isaac’s received the coveted Circle of Service Award from NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers) for it’s outstanding service to the senior living communities.
To put this knowledge to good use; we have created this list of the top moving tips to aid seniors in their moving process:
- Make a Plan
Having an organized idea of the following:
- How things need to be done, and
- When they need to be done by.
A firm plan will alleviate a lot of the stress and uncertainty of the move. Set a date for when the move will be happening. Then work backward from it to give yourself an idea of how much time you are going to need to pack and put things into storage.
- Plan Your Space
Have an idea how large or small the house into which you are moving will be to get an idea of how much you need to downsize by. If you currently are living in a 2,000 square foot house and plan to move to a 1,000 square foot space, you will be downsizing by 50%. Use this as a guideline when planning which furniture and other items you will be moving with and which you will be putting into storage.
- List What Is Important
Make a list of the possessions that you cannot afford to lose. You know, the “I-will-run-into-a-fire-to-save-them” items. Then start to consider what you will need from there. Moving is expensive. The more items you have to move the more it will cost.
If you are downsizing, instead of selling or putting your possessions into storage, consider giving them to friends or family as memorabilia. You will find they might need them – and it is a heartfelt gesture.
- Pack a Suitcase
Pack a bag as if you are going away for a few days. Be sure to include toiletries, a change of clothes, and any medication you may need. This will help you stay on top of things as you unpack in your new home.
- Stay in Touch
Notify friends, family, and colleagues of your change in address.
Isaac’s Moving and Storage
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