Summer is undoubtedly the most popular time of the year to move. May is the start of the busy moving season, which lasts through Labor Day weekend in September. In fact, studies show that on a national level, over half the moves (61%) in 2016 took place during the months of May through September.
With summer offering some of the nicest weather of the year, it makes sense that many people will plan their move during the warm months – seniors included. If you’re planning on downsizing and moving to a senior living community or will be helping a loved one move to an assisted living community, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure the moving day goes as smooth as possible.
5 Moving Tips for Seniors for an Organized, Efficient Moving Day
Moving can be a stressful experience no matter the time of year. However, by taking sufficient time to prepare and plan, your moving day should be a breeze! Here are five important moving tips for seniors and caregivers to keep in mind to streamline the moving process:
- Consider using senior moving services. Senior moving services are offered by various relocation companies throughout the country. These companies specialize in moving seniors and can help with the entire process, from helping seniors sort through items and pack, to decorating their new living space. If the thought of moving seems overwhelming to you or your loved one, consider looking into one of these companies to help ease the transition.
- Plan as far in advance as possible. As soon as you have an idea of when your move will take place, begin researching moving companies and make your reservation. The average person makes their reservation only eight days ahead of their moving date! However, booking your date early gives you peace of mind that your moving day is set in stone, and helps you prepare by giving you a solid target date for the move.
- Make lists of important items. Keep in mind that downsizing means you won’t have as much room in your new home for all your belongings. Off the top of your head, before you start delving into those closets and storage spaces, start making lists of the items most important to you. These are the things that absolutely have to make the move and other items can be donated, given to family members, or sold in a yard sale.
- Break the job into manageable tasks. Moving and packing up an entire home can be an overwhelming task for anyone, not just seniors! However, breaking down the job into smaller tasks can help lower your stress levels. For example, designate one task to each day of the week, even if it’s something as small as going through the kitchen junk drawer or the shelves in the laundry room.
- Plan out your new living space ahead of time. It’s recommended to get a floorplan of your new home if possible. This way, you’ll have a better idea of the larger items like furniture that will fit in the space, and you’ll be able to easily direct the movers on moving day.