5 Tips on Downsizing and Moving Senior Citizens
Moving senior citizens is a specialty service offered by companies like Roadway Moving. As people retire and get older, they discover that they need to downsize and move to a more suitable space. This can be a difficult decision for senior citizens and their families. It can also be a refreshing start to a new chapter of life. Our expert team of #1 Rated NYC Movers at Roadway will make transferring senior citizens easy and stress-free for everyone involved.
Here are 5 tips on downsizing and moving seniors:
Carefully plan your move
Downsizing and moving can be stressful for senior citizens because they may be leaving a place that they have lived in for decades. This is why it is important that seniors begin planning their move a few months before moving day.
Seniors should start by taking a look at the floor plan of their new home. This will help them to figure out how much space is available for their possessions. Seeing the layout of their new residence will also help them plan where they want everything to go.
This first step will also help senior citizens downsize. Designing the interior of their new space with a floor plan will organically help them decide what they need to get rid of before their move. This leads us to the next step.
Take inventory of your possessions
Step one helped senior citizens decide what they wanted to keep. In this step, they will decide what they want to get rid of. Downsizing is difficult because seniors are throwing away things that they have collected over many years. Donating to charity or giving their possessions away to family members is a rewarding way to downsize.
Senior citizens should start by taking inventory of their possessions. They should figure out what items they no longer use or that will not fit into their new home. Then, they should figure out how to get rid of those items. First, ask family members if they want these items and then make a list of who wants what. Second, ask a favorite charity if they want any of the items that your family did not want; some charities will even pick up these items for you. Finally, see if the city will dispose of anything left over.
If you find yourself pressed for time, Roadway Moving offers storage options for possessions that you want to keep but will not fit into your new home.
Prepare for moving day
Now that you have your new space planned and have successfully downsized your possessions, it is time to prepare for moving day. You can pack and box your items yourself, but that will add stress to an already overwhelming situation. When moving senior citizens, it is better to have the experts at Roadway Moving pack and box your items for you.
The most important thing senior citizens can do before they move is to prepare themselves for moving. They should pack a bag as if they were going on vacation for a few days. This bag should include clothes, medication, snacks, and anything else they may need while they are in transition. Having this bag will also be an added comfort for them.
Arrange your transportation
With all the planning and preparing, it can be easy for senior citizens to forget to arrange their transportation during a move. This is a great opportunity for family members to spend time with the senior citizen by volunteering to drive them to their new home. You can even plan to take them out to lunch while the movers are working.
Schedule your transportation to show up at the beginning of the arrival window provided by your moving company. That way, you will be ready to go when the movers show up. If you feel like you need to provide your movers with direction while they pack up your possessions, that is fine. Remember, the professionals at Roadway Moving will pack and transfer your items with care, so you can leave your job to them with peace of mind.
Enjoy your moving day
It is important to relax and take deep breaths during your moving day. Be patient with yourself and others, and enjoy the beginning of this new chapter in your life. It is easy for senior citizens to focus on the negatives of downsizing and moving. Instead, they should look at the positives.
You have followed our steps and planned your new space, downsized your possessions, prepared for your move, and arranged your own transportation. Now it is time to enjoy your moving day. It will be seamless and stress-free because you hired Roadway Moving.
Roadway Moving has made moving senior citizens a specialty service because they care about their customers. To plan your next move, contact Roadway Moving today and get a free quote.