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Michael Maffucci is a third generation mover and President of Verity Van Lines, Long Island’s leading moving company. Learn more about him here.
Moving for Seniors
Many seniors choose to relocate to a new home once their children have left, and the burden of managing a large home interferes with leisure activities, travel, and financial plans. Moving and relocation is stressful enough for young adults and can be pretty taxing for seniors if proper preparation is ignored or neglected.
This article will share five essential tips that will help make moving for seniors smooth, stress-free, and as pleasant as possible.
- Start Early: Thoroughly research the location you plan to move to. This includes gathering information about the cost of living, access to shopping, transportation, recreation, and medical facilities. Don’t forget to look at weather patterns too! You don’t want to move to a location that doesn’t align with your retirement goals.
- Begin downsizing: As soon as you know you will move to a smaller residence, begin the process of downsizing your current home. Sell or donate items that you will no longer need. For example, if you’re planning on moving to a condominium complex, you may not need your lawnmower and other gardening tools. Many moving companies offer decluttering services to make the job more manageable.
- Find a reputable mover: As soon as you have an idea of when you will move, begin researching moving companies. Word of mouth, Google reviews, and testimonials are good places to start, but make sure you interview each mover during an in-home estimate. This is the best way to be sure you are choosing the right mover. Any reputable company will be more than happy to answer all your questions. For more tips on hiring the right mover, read this.
- Consider a packing service: Save your back — and a good deal of stress — by asking your mover if they offer packing services. You’ll be surprised at how affordable this compared to doing everything yourself. Best of all, a good packing service can remove items from your home as they are packed, which reduces clutter and decreases disruption in your home.
- Embrace the process: Having the right frame of mind will help you cope with the ups and downs during a move. Remember, you’re starting a new, exciting phase of your life!
Bonus tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family! If you need a break or need a little help organizing things, asking a good friend or family member can pay significant dividends when it comes to peace of mind.
For additional reading, AARP has many intersting articles on moving for seniors.
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