Moving Checklist: Moving Tips for Senior Citizens

Whether you’re helping older family members transition to a care facility, or you’re a senior who’s downsizing or transitioning, moving as a senior comes with special considerations. Planning is key to making the move as easy, safe and comfortable as possible. Here’s a comprehensive checklist you can use:

  1. Visit your new home. Whether it’s a retirement community or a single-family home, visit the property to get a feel for your new home and neighborhood.
  2. Verify mobile access. If you have mobility limitations, verify your new home has the appropriate accommodations.
  3. Start decluttering (See declutter blog). It’s easy to accumulate tons of items over the years, but it’s important to start decluttering months before your move to remove the items that you don’t use. Enlist the help of friends, family, a professional organizer, or moving company to speed up the process.
  4. Plan out the logistics. Get the floor plan measurements for the home you will move into, so you know which furniture will fit and which will not.
  5. Donate or sell unwanted items. Reduce the number of items you are bringing with you to your new home by selling or donating the items you no longer want or need.
  6. Get moving estimates. Contact movers to get quotes so you know what to expect in terms of costs and services. Also, ask for references, and follow these tips to make sure you get an accurate moving quote.
  7. Book your movers. Schedule your movers well in advance so you can make sure they have availability, especially if you are planning on moving during the summer months.
  8. Make a packing and unpacking plan. Draft out what you plan to bring and unpack in order. Here’s some important packing tips to help with the process.

2 Months Before the Move

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