Moving is always stressful. For senior citizens, the process can be even more of a challenge. Managing costs, time, and organization can quickly become a full-time job. Fortunately, there are movers, like Heroes Moving and Storage, that offer senior moves just for that purpose.
But before your moving day, there is much to prepare for. Whether you are helping your parents make the move or are doing the moving yourself, here are seven tips for senior moves.
Get a Plan Together.
As with any big move, getting a plan together can greatly improve your ability to get through the process quickly and efficiently. Start by asking yourself a few questions. How much of the moving process do I want to be in charge of? How many items will I be placing in storage? Do I need a storage facility at all? When am I planning on moving?
Once you have your answers together, start planning your move from the move date backwards. Create a list of actions that need to be completed before your move. This list could include finding a moving company, packing up rooms one-by-one, getting packing supplies, etc.
Break the moving process into smaller tasks.
Senior moves are particularly sensitive to large overwhelming tasks. Which is why moving as little as possible should be the goal. Begin by downsizing items that you don’t use or need. This can be difficult, especially if you have a house full of sentimental items. However, the less you have to move the less you’ll pay movers.
Focus on problem areas where you see items collecting. This includes your garage, closets, basements and other areas. Work through all the paperwork you find and eliminate what you don’t use. It’s also a good idea to grab a safe and place all important paperwork inside before the move. That way you only have to move one item instead of boxes full of documents.
Don’t wait to start planning your move. There is literally no time too early to begin planning or eliminating your items. The more quickly you get to work, the less work you’ll have to do once the moving date arrives. Plus, it allows time to mourn items that you may have had with you for many years.
Organize Your Space
Whether you are moving into a small condo or downsizing to a new home, understanding the layout of your new space can make a difference in your move. Get the square footage of your new home and use it to determine how much downsizing is necessary. For example, if you’re moving from a 2,000 square foot home to a 1,000 square foot home, you’ll need to eliminate half of what you have. Use that as a guideline for your move.
Make a List of Important Items
Get crystal clear on what possessions are the most important to you. A good question to ask to put things into perspective is, “Would I be heartbroken if this was gone because of a disaster?” If the answer is no, then reevaluate packing it.
Pack Your Memories First
If there are items that mean a good deal to you, pack them first. Don’t wait until you have no space left for them. Items like photos can be stored electronically instead of in print form to maintain the item without holding onto the physical picture.
Be Willing to Let Go
Sometimes you don’t have to throw items away but instead you can give it away to loved ones or friends. When you find an item that you can’t throw away but don’t have room for, ask if a friend or family member wants it.
Once you go through this list, give us a call at Heroes Moving and Storage to do the heavy lifting.
Are you trying to hire movers? If so, you could find yourself overwhelmed by your options. In the United States, there are literally thousands of moving companies. Of course, that does not mean that every company does the job correctly.
Hiring a moving services company is a tough decision and with millions of moves happening every year, it’s a no big surprise that many of them don’t go as planned. To make sure yours goes along without any unexpected issues, you have to hire quality movers. To do that, you need expert assistance.
There are plenty of scammers out there waiting to take your money with little in return. Stay informed with these tips to avoid those unwanted surprises.
Tip #1. Take a moving inventory.
Any high quality moving company or service will take an inventory of all your belongings and decide the bulk weight of your move. The estimator taking the inventory will thoroughly check your items and storage places including your bookcases, garages, and drawers to ensure they have a good base for what you’re going to move. It’s a good idea to take your own estimate of your inventory to ensure their estimate is accurate.
Tip #2. Never pay a large deposit.
High quality, reliable moving companies do not demand a large deposit before performing services. If they do, it’s best to keep looking. As a rule, don’t make any payments until delivery. Remember, if you do pay in advance you have no way of guaranteeing your belongings show up at your home. And it is always best to pay with a credit card instead of cash when you do pay.
Tip #3. Verify business information.
Some companies avoid being assessed by the Better Business Bureau by doing business under different names. You can avoid being their victim by verifying their local address and information with their insurance and licensing information. Also, when you call them, their employees should answer the phone with the same name given. Requesting a state and federal license number also helps in further verifying moving services companies.
Tip #4. Always check references.
Another important tip is getting references on the movers you’re hiring and check them. So many people don’t check references. It’s one of the easiest ways to protect yourself from bad moving companies. Ask your mover for references up front. Request at least 3 references from the previous three months. Be sure to ask those customers direct questions that are relevant to your move such as, “Did the movers show up on time,” “Do you feel like they took good care of your belongings” etc.
Tip #5. Eliminate packing costs.
If you pack your items yourself, you don’t have to pay your mover packing costs. Additionally, if you have your mover pack your items you will likely pay inflated prices for items like boxes, packing materials, and of course labor costs. Do it yourself to make the most of your dollar.
When you’re ready to use a moving services company, consider these five moving tips. Keep your costs down and your stress levels low in the process.