3 Smart Tips to Make Your Retirement Move a Breeze

By: Michael Longsdon

The first day in a new home is a special feeling, full of excitement and possibility. For seniors relocating to a new home for retirement, it marks the beginning of a new stage in life. But getting to move-in day takes a lot of work. While they won’t make moving fun, these three tips will simplify the moving process for a more stress-free experience.

1. Plan Ahead

When your move isn’t organized, everything becomes more difficult. Maybe you don’t have enough boxes, your toothbrush and phone charger get packed a week before the move, or you can’t find anything when it’s time to unpack. Save yourself the stress of scrambling for supplies or digging through packed boxes by making a packing plan before you start.

Make a checklist of everything you need to do before the move, including any last-minute repairs before you vacate. Schedule days to pack up and clean each room, taking it one room at a time so you don’t burn out. If family members are coming to assist with the move, arrange specific tasks they can help with and pencil them in for the days that extra hands will be most beneficial.

Don’t try to pack everything in the two weeks before you move into a new house. Not only does rushing make moving more stressful, it can be especially draining for seniors. Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of time to acquire packing materials, sort through belongings, and reminisce over unearthed memories.

2. Resist the Urge to Sell Everything

Downsizing to a smaller home for retirement means getting rid of lots of stuff, including things that hold a special place in your heart. It’s tempting to try to sell some of those belongings so it doesn’t feel like their loss is in vain (and to put some money toward the moving bill), but in many cases, selling secondhand goods isn’t the best use of your time.

Furniture and collectibles that mean a lot to you don’t necessarily hold much value on the market, and selling your stuff is time-consuming. You’ll need to clean it, take quality photographs, post in online classifieds, and meet with potential buyers before you make any money. Consider the value of your time and whether it makes more sense to donate or gift your belongings.

3. Hire Help

It may seem wasteful to hire someone to manage a task you could reasonably do yourself, but when it comes to moving, hired help is worth the expense. Not only is moving tedious, it’s also a physically demanding task that could easily leave you injured. Plus, hiring movers opens up more time for dealing with the finer details of moving, like switching over utilities, updating addresses, and saying goodbye to the home you raised your family in.

In addition to movers, retirees can benefit from hiring a senior move manager. This relocation professional takes an objective approach to sorting through nostalgic belongings, assists in donating and selling items, and manages the moving crew for you. While these services come with a cost, they relieve a lot of the stress of moving.

Also consider hiring professional cleaners. When everything is packed up and ready to go, you’ll want to get settled into your new home instead of spending a day scrubbing baseboards.

With so much to take care of during a move, it’s important to have a plan before you start. Consider how much of your move you want to handle yourself and which tasks you’re better off outsourcing to professionals. When you’re moving into the home you’ll grow old in, you want to do it right.

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Michael Longsdon is the creator of ElderFreedom.net, which advocates for the rights and support of seniors.