June 17, 2017 | Mike Hughes
Written by Jim Vogel
jim@elderaction.org | http://elderaction.org/

Make your move easy and stress-free with the following free pocket guide featuring six simple steps for a successful relocation.
Step 1 - Choose a mover
There’s something comforting about knowing your belongings will be handled with kid gloves and taken well care of when out of sight. Hiring a mover will additionally help you avoid accidents and injuries typically associated with the process. Find an agency that specializes in senior relocations. These companies will be bonded and insured and offer additional assistance, such as unpacking, hanging photographs, and space planning, that traditional movers won’t. You’ll want to get three or four estimates to ensure you’re receiving a fair price. Compare these appraisals and don’t be afraid to ask for a discount from the company you are most interested in if rates are competitive.
Step 2 - De-clutter
If you’re over 60 and moving, chances are you’re either downsizingyour single-family home or entering an assisted living facility. Either way, you can’t keep everything. While it is understandably painful to have to go through years of memories and pick and choose which to keep and which to let go, it is a necessary step in the moving process. Start by cleaning out rooms that you don’t use. This could be a guest bedroom or garage. Make a list of all the things you have to have and consider alternative arrangements for the rest. Furniture, artwork, and other large items can be sold or auctioned, giving you more cash for things you really need and want.
Step 3 – Plan your new space
Moving into a new home requires careful planning, especially if you’re going from a spacious multi-bedroom home to more modest accommodations. Once you know the floor plan of your future abode, you can begin planning where furniture and other items will be stored. Consider the size of your furniture and the number of people you expect to frequent the space. You’ll need to take into account the location of windows, doors, and stairways. If you’re moving to an assisted living campus, you may only be able to bring a few pieces of furniture, such as the bed and sofa.
Step 4 - Start packing
Your relocation service will take care of all the large items and, depending on your contract, small trinkets and knickknacks, too. However, if you plan to save money by packing yourself, you can make it much easier by enlisting the help of friends and neighbors. Make a day out of it by planning lunch for your helpers. Don’t rush so you’ll have time to enjoy all the stories and memories that naturally come up in conversation. Have plenty of newspapers, bubblewrap, boxes, and tape on hand. Mark your boxes well so you know where they belong come moving day. Pack an extra suitcase that contains everything you’ll need for your first night or two in your new place so you don’t feel overwhelmed and pushed to unpack right away.
Step 5 – Enjoy
Moving is stressful for everyone and can be especially so if you’re faced with leaving your home of many years. But, keep in mind the reasons that you’re moving in the first place. Do you want to be closer to grandchildren or nearer to activities that you love? Are you selling your home so that you will have more money available for travel? Perspective is everything!
Step 6 - Unpack And Relax
If you’ve packed your boxes well and planned your space in advance, you should have no problem settling in to your new digs. On moving day, give your helping hands all the information they need to put things in their proper place. Downsizing has one major benefit here: you have fewer things to unpack, giving you lots of extra time to sit back and soak up your new surroundings.

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