Deciding to move is often the most difficult step in the moving process for retirees. In some instances, they are leaving the home in which they spent a better part of their lives and where they watched their family grow. From Sally taking her first steps to Joe graduating high school, their home symbolizes their past, and leaving that behind can be emotional. However, there are many reasons for retirees to consider moving including retirement, warmer climates, changes in lifestyle, and to be closer to family and friends.
Here are a few tips to guarantee a smooth experience for retirees.
Prepare for your move:
• Make your reservations for movers two to four weeks before moving day.
• Start packing several weeks in advance. Pack early to avoid being overwhelmed as moving day draws near.
• For large appliances, check the owner’s manuals to take note of any special instructions for moving.
• As you disassemble furniture and other items, tape all parts to the main base.
• Schedule disconnect times for about a week before you move, including cable, Internet and utilities.
• Always use packing paper. When wrapping fine china and precious items, the ink from printed newsprint can bleed onto your valuables.
• Always stack dishes upward when packing.
• Wrap small items in colored paper. This prevents items such as knick-knacks from becoming lost or thrown out.
• Use custom boxes designed for the items you are packing. Use dish pack boxes for dishes, wardrobe boxes for clothing.
• Pack all electronic equipment in original boxes. Otherwise use low-static bubble wrap as an alternative.
• Label boxes on top and sides. Mark boxes as they’re packed, labeling boxes containing breakable or sentimental items “fragile.”
• Pack important and sentimental documents separately for easy access, including children’s health records, passports, family records, insurance information, and photo albums.
• Keep in mind: the heavier the item, the smaller the box.
• Always tape boxes; don’t interlock the tops.
Pare down expenses:
• Assure packing is done before the day of your move.
• Minimize move time by putting all boxes in a central location – living room or garage are great areas.
• Disassemble furniture such as beds, tables and desks prior to the mover’s arrival.
At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we realize moving needs are unique for every customer, so we’re ready to customize a move to ensure the best moving experience. Our uniformed movers and drivers undergo extensive training; they are permanent employees and undergo background checks and are subject to random drug testing. They are committed to exceeding expectations and ensuring your move is completed efficiently to keep your moving costs affordable.
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