Senior moves made simple: A strategy in three parts
Whether you’re downsizing yourself or helping an older adult to do so, there are myriad decisions and much preparation ahead. Fortunately, you don’t have to do this alone. And you don’t have to do it all at once. Allow plenty of time to get all of those proverbial ducks in a row, and that big move can be the big easy.
If you have the luxury of time, use it. If you know a move is on the horizon — and even if you’re not entirely sure where the move will be — use the time you have to start assessing your belongings. Sort through items and decide what will stay and what will go. You can lighten the load by doing this one room at a time. And, when it comes time to pack, you’ll be pleased to see how much work you’ve saved yourself.
In the months before your move:
- Set a firm date: A timeline to plan against will be critical.
- Get estimates from movers and even moving managers, if your budget allows — look for professionals that focus on senior moves, like Moves for Seniors.
- Make a floor plan: With an accurate representation of your new home, you’ll know exactly how much space you have to work with.
- Visualize: Since you know what the space will look like, start developing a sense of how you want to organize and where you want to place furniture.
- Make notes: From questions to notes about family possessions you’ll be passing on or even simple to-do lists, you’ll be glad to have a place to collect your thoughts throughout the process.
Mind the details
In the weeks before the move, make sure to connect with insurers, utility companies and the post office to ensure all necessary updates, adjustments and cancellations have been made.
You’ll also want to:
- Confirm the movers — it never hurts to check in.
- Refill medications and transfer future refills to a closer pharmacy, if necessary.
- Pack an essentials box — never worry about what you’ll need on your first day in your new home; it will be ready and waiting, all in one place.
It can be easy to dwell on the challenges in times of transition, but allow yourself to feel excitement for all of the good changes. Whether it’s moving closer to family or having a great excuse to buy a cute new comforter, remind yourself to look for the positives — and, most of all, to enjoy your new home.
Ready for your next big move? Or helping mom or dad to find their perfect next home? Get in touch or visit a community near you today to find out how Holiday Retirement raises the bar on senior living.