Moving as a senior entails a lot of change. It’s possible that you’ve lived in your current house for the majority of your life, and that isn’t something easy to say goodbye to. However, selling your home and moving somewhere new is the perfect way to get a fresh start on life and can be just the thing you need to kick off your golden years.
That said, moving can be difficult, especially as you age. You likely don’t have as much energy as you once did, meaning that it’s important to plan ahead and ask for help. For some helpful tips to make the moving process easier, read on.
1) Ask for Help
If you can get help with your move from friends, family and loved ones, it will speed up the process and take a load of stress off your shoulders. When planning your move, you’ll likely want to plan for a weekend, since that’s when most people have availability.
2) Plan Ahead
If you don’t plan ahead, moving day can get hectic. For that reason, you should make a binder with a moving checklist, utility company phone numbers, design ideas, medical records and more. For extra organization, consider color-coding your boxes ahead of time so you know exactly where each of your belongings should go.
Another important factor to keep in mind is that the moving process can look different depending on when you move. For example, if you move in the winter, you may need to set aside time to clear your driveway or take special care to protect your packed belongings from the cold.
3) Prioritize Your Health
During a move, it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of moving boxes and saying goodbye to old belongings. That said, the last thing you want is to forget to eat properly or take medications that you need. Either set a reminder on your phone or add items on your moving checklist to remind you to prioritize your health during the move.
4) Downsize Where Possible
If you’ve lived in your house for a substantial amount of time, there’s a good chance that it’s cluttered with items that can be let go. Getting rid of unnecessary belongings will help keep your new home clean and organized. That said, downsizing can be difficult. Give yourself at least a couple of weeks ahead of time to start saying goodbye to old items.
5) Understand Your Limits
Moving can be an exhausting process. That’s why it’s important to continually check-in with yourself to make sure you’re not feeling overwhelmed. Start packing before the day of your move so that you don’t get too stressed the day of. Better yet, hire a professional mover in your area.
Transitioning to a new home is one of the most exciting things you can do. It gives you an opportunity to revamp your life and experience new things. If you’re looking for tax-friendly states to retire or more moving tips, check out the infographic below.
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