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Moving as a Senior – Tips for a Stress-Free, Safe Transition

While moving is always a significant feat, relocating can pose even bigger challenges when you’re a senior. You may be facing a move to a retirement community, moving in with a relative, or looking at long-term care. This can call for downsizing on top of the physical relocation. If you plan an upcoming Miami, FL relocation, here are a few tips to make the transition seamless.

Get a Floor Plan of Your New Space

A floor plan will help you narrow down the items that will fit in your new home. This way, you can plan your new home’s look.

Work to Reduce Your Belongings Room by Room

The less you have to pack and move, the easier the move can be. As you enter your senior years, it is an excellent time to start thinking about what items you genuinely need to hang onto and what could reasonably be donated or given to family members. For example, if you’ve got a collection of family memorabilia you plan to hand down to other relatives, giving these items to those family members will mean less you have to contend with when you move.

Consider Renting a Storage Unit

If you are moving in with a loved one, you may have more belongings than you can reasonably take. Roughly 79 million people in the U.S. live in a shared-family household, and moving in with a relative can make financial sense as a senior. However, this can mean you need to rent a storage unit or give away many of your belongings before the move.

Designate Time Every Day to Work on Moving-Related Objectives

You can get started early on packing your belongings. By getting started a few months in advance, you can set aside a small amount of time each day to pack and clean. For example, if you can pack just two boxes daily for a week, you could pack an entire room in seven days. Look at the scope of how much you have to pack and schedule your moving date far enough in advance to allow you time to work at your own pace.

Create an Essentials Box or Suitcase for Moving Day

So you don’t have to rush to get things unpacked or risk not being able to find something you need, create an essentials box or suitcase for moving day. Put items in this box or bag you know you will need for a few days, such as medication, a change of clothing, toiletries, health management devices, and other necessities. For example, if you have diabetes, you may need your blood glucose monitoring supplies to check your sugar once or twice daily, as well as your medication. Keep this collection with you wherever you go, so you can always access what you need.

Reach Out to a Professional Moving Company

Working with a full-service moving company can make your move much more manageable. From helping you find packing supplies to helping you get your belongings relocated, professional movers make the transition much smoother. Contact us for a free moving quote.


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