Moving companies often cater to single people, families, and college students. However, if you are over the age of 65 and you’re considering — or actively planning — an upcoming relocation to better maintain physical, mental, and financial health, consider choosing a specialized moving service that can make the difference between a rushed, impersonal experience and a happy one. Read through the following three tips to better understand what makes these companies special and learn which additional professionals to hire to make the whole process easier.
- They Understand Downsizing
The current younger generations are used to moving: According to surveys, Generation X has moved about 40% more than their parents. Millennials are moving almost every two years. Adult children of these parents may not understand why it’s so hard for their mom and dad to discard old objects, say goodbye to a house, and leave a hometown for new and exciting opportunities. Some moving companies don’t understand the stress involved in this type of move and the need to treat this process with dignity, either — but moving services that specialize in helping this population downsize their homes and belongings certainly do.
- They Take Responsibility to Alleviate Adult Children’s Stress
If all the adult children of a beloved parent reside far away, it can be extremely difficult to coordinate the parent’s move into a smaller home or even into assisted living. Conversely, if one adult child does live closer, all of the tasks involved in a parent’s move can fall unfairly on his or her shoulders. A moving company, especially one that comes with its own relocation specialist, can make this process easier and alleviate the stress and guilt of adult children who want to help but can’t because of distance or time commitments.
- They Know the Right People
Your new moving company may know a great real estate agent who similarly specializes in your type of move. For those downsizing, these companies can also point you to charities, estate experts, and churches that may be happy to take your overflow of items. If you choose to take this route, make sure to document each item donated to apply for the appropriate tax deductions.
Hire the Right Professionals Throughout the Process
Consider employing a specialty packing service to box and transport delicate items such as mirrors, vases, and antique furniture. Those without family or close friends nearby may opt to hire a “relocation specialist” or a “move manager” to plan and execute their move. To hire a move manager of quality, ensure that this person has completed classes in safety issues and ethics and don’t hesitate to ask about general liability insurance. Additionally, consider reaching out to local family services like the Talbot Family Network, a mental health professional, or a life coach who can talk you through this transition if you are feeling uncomfortable or uneasy about any aspects of it.
As you settle into your new home, there’s likely more work to be done. Your new home may need to be adapted to your mobility needs or medical condition, so you will want to work with contractors who specialize in such. Don’t forget the basics, like changing your locks. A quick search using keywords like ‘closest locksmith to me’ will yield several professionals in your area who can help you re-key your doors, which will set you back no more than $150. Just make sure to entrust such a job to a reputable locksmith who is properly accredited and well-reviewed.
If you are relocating to an assisted living facility or downsizing to move across the country to be near your grandkids, moving professionals can do the mental and physical heavy lifting to make sure your move happens smoothly and successfully. Don’t spend another second packing your own boxes and making calls to various local moving companies — find someone who specializes in your unique situation and let the professionals do most of the work.
Article courtesy of Andrea Needham, Elders Day. Image via Unsplash.