Moving can be a challenge. Whether you are moving to another part of town or the other side of the country, moving is a major event, no matter what your age. There are, however, steps that you can take to make the process easier. By following a few tips, you can make your move as a Senior citizen as simple as possible.
Moving Tips for Senior Citizens
Get a Quote
When you have identified a Gainesville moving company to handle your move, get a quote up front to give you an idea of the total cost. If you will need storage services at your new destination or packing assistance at your old home, ask your movers to include that in your quote. Review the details and make sure you are clear on deposits and payments.
Most people have no idea how much stuff they have until they start packing. A few weeks before you intend to move, pack away any items that you will not be using before the move. Start with seasonal gear such as skis, golf clubs, patio accessories and bikes. You can also pack out of season clothing and basement items. As the moving day approaches, gradually pack everything until there is nothing left to pack on the day of the move. There are Gainesville moving companies that also offer packing services to make the move easier.
Create an Overlap
If you can move into your new home before moving out of the old one, you will have greater flexibility during your move. Start cleaning and organizing the new house before your moving day, so that everything will be set up when you get there. Allowing for overlap during your move will make the entire process less stressful.
Survey the New Home
One of the most overlooked details during moving is the size of the new home versus the size of the old one. If you are moving from a house into an apartment, space may be a real concern. Measure the doorways in your new home to make sure your furniture can fit. Measure the windows to make sure you can use your old window coverings. Take measurements for the appliances as well. You don’t want to get your prized furniture to your new home only to discover your couch can’t fit through the front door.
Create an Organizing System
If you are doing your own packing, label each box with a sticker that corresponds to a room of your home. Add a blue sticker to the kitchen box, for example, and a green sticker for the bathroom items. Take extra stickers and apply them to the doorways of each room in the new house. This way your movers can simply put the boxes in their respective rooms by following your color scheme.
Create a Moving Day Box
Designate one box that will be for items that you will need immediately. This box should include toiletries, medications, sheets and towels. Keep this box in a separate area of the house, away from the main moving area, or store it in your car. This way you will have adequate supplies at your new home without having to open all of the boxes.
Have a Yard Sale
You may have lived in your home for many years and accumulated quite a bit of belongings. If there are possessions that you can bear to part with, host a yard sale to get rid of a few things. This is especially important if you are moving from a large home to a smaller one.
When it comes to getting the best service for your move, UF Mover Guys are ready to lend a hand. Contact our Gainesville moving company today.