It’s common for seniors to move for a cheaper life, to be closer to family, or simply to enjoy their golden years in an ideal location. But moving when you’re older isn’t always easy. It can be difficult to move heavy objects, plan ahead, and deal with saying goodbye to a home that you’ve lived in for a long time.
To learn how you can best help a senior loved one prepare for a move, check out our tips below.
- Make a Plan
The more you plan, the less stressed you will be the day of a move. This structure will help seniors and anyone else involved in the process to relax and move at a steady pace. Outlining a checklist of important items to pack and tasks to do will help streamline the process and ensure you don’t miss anything important.
- Hire Movers
Moving can be physically demanding and overwhelming for seniors without help. That’s why it’s important to hire movers to help out with the heavy lifting. There are even senior moving specialists that can help seniors with downsizing, transportation, and offer emotional support.
- Pack a Box of Necessities
Put away necessities such as medications and toiletries into an easy-to-carry box the night before your move. Include water and snacks to ensure that you’re eating and drinking properly throughout the process. If necessary, set a reminder on your phone to take your medications so you don’t forget to do so during the busyness of the move.
- Say Goodbye to Old Items
An important part of any move is to let go of unnecessary items. This will help quicken the moving process and prevent your new home from accumulating unnecessary clutter. To streamline the process, hold a yard sale a week before your move or simply donate old belongings.
Moving isn’t always easy, especially as a senior. That’s why it’s necessary to plan ahead, ask for help, and downsize as much as possible before transitioning into a new living situation. For some more moving tips and information about tax-friendly states for retirees, check out the infographic below.
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