Updated: Jan 6
to Simplify Your Move
Leaving the home where you've lived for the past several years is an emotional experience, especially if those years were full of happiness and warm memories. In addition to powerful feelings, you'll face a number of stressors, such as selling your existing home, getting everything packed and transported to the new location, and ultimately establishing yourself in your new home.
At this time of life, you may face some physical challenges and reduced mobility, according to Harvard Medical School. Fortunately, with help from a senior moving manager, you can decrease the stress and difficulties you experience. Realtor Raymond Maestas of eXp Realty of California shares a few tips below.
Get Your House Ready to Sell
As you prepare to put your home on the market, there are several important steps to complete. These include updating any worn carpeting and window dressings. If there are leaking pipes, holes in the walls, or malfunctioning appliances, arrange for repairs or replacements. Other tasks to complete include:
● Professional cleaning
● Increase curb appeal
● Upgrade hardware and light fixtures
Just before you start showing your house, HGTV suggests packing up personal items so potential buyers are free to welcome their own photos, décor, and furnishings in the space. This is also a good time to decide which of your personal possessions you want to carry to your new location.
Enlist Professionals for Assistance
The decision to hire a senior moving manager should be made when you decide to move, and this step begins by contacting senior moving, transition, or relocation companies. Finding and contacting Angi furniture movers is a great first step in this process, as you can research customer reviews and ratings to help you decide on the right company. When first talking with your top choices, inquire about their experience in senior moves to narrow the search.
Specific services vary from one company to another, but there are several types of help you can expect:
● Creation of a moving plan and timeline
● Measurement of furniture and development of a floor plan for your new home
● Decisions about selling, donating, and packing belongings
● Coordination of repair professionals, cleaners, realtors, and movers
● Plan for stopping and starting utilities at the old and new homes
● Physical assistance unpacking and setting up your new home
● Connection of electronics
The work provided through a senior moving services agency is helpful even if you just want to downsize and simplify your current situation and is particularly valuable when you don't want to face the physical and emotional stress of moving on your own.
Research Reputable Moving Managers
You'll be trusting these professionals with big decisions that affect you and your family directly, so it's important that you find an honest, reliable moving manager:
● Write down the services and types of assistance that are most important to you
● Ask for referrals from friends, coworkers, and family members
● Research at least three senior moving agencies
● Ask for references from previous clients
● Speak personally with moving managers
● Request proof of licensing and insurance
● Carefully review the terms of service before signing a contract
A local or national association, specifically for senior move managers, can be a valuable resource as you research your options.
Focus On Your Own Health and Safety
After arranging to have help for the move, commit to keeping yourself safe and healthy. This means that if something feels too heavy, assume that it is too heavy. Avoid injuries by packing boxes lightly and using equipment, such as a dolly or furniture slider, for help. When movers are doing the heavy lifting, you can check through your new home for potential hazards and have the moving manager correct those situations before you settle in.
You will undoubtedly be on your cell phone quite a bit as you communicate with all the parties involved in the move, so be sure to have your charger handy. A wireless phone charger is particularly helpful and convenient to use, as you don’t have to worry about using the right cord in the case of using multiple devices, and charging time is quickened. Simply place the back of your device to the charging pad and you'll be powered up in no time; the concern for running out of juice at the most inopportune time is eliminated.
In the end, your top priority should be your own physical and emotional well-being. Part of the reason for your move may have been ensuring a safe, comfortable environment that allows you to live as you prefer. After making the effort to hire a moving manager, take full advantage of the services provided.
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Realtor Raymond Maestas of eXp Realty of California provides superior services to buyers and sellers located in and around the entire Bay Area in Northern California. For about two decades, Raymond has continued to work hard to make the entire buying and selling experience as productive and enjoyable as possible. Reach out today! 510-932-2964