Explore the 10 Best Moving Tips for Seniors
Senior Moves works with seniors to remove the stress from the moving process. We offer various moving support services and create a personalized moving plan for each individual. We handle the most challenging details and the tiny last-minute details, too. Our team wants each senior client to understand that we are their partner and our job doesn't end once the last box is unpacked.
While we handle all the details, the Senior Moves team also offers a few tips to guide seniors as they prepare to relocate. Explore our moving guide to learn the top 10 moving tips for seniors to help us meet every moving need.
Statistics About Moving Seniors
According to a report published by the Census Bureau that highlighted senior moving patterns from 2015 to 2019, more than three million seniors (aged 65 and older) made a move the year before they participated in the report. Senior years are often marked by moving, although the reasons for a move vary. Some downsize to a smaller home; others move to a senior living community or a beach-side condo to celebrate retirement.
A United Movers Study found that more than half of moves were for seniors (age 55 and older). The same report found that many seniors gravitated to warm climates.
As more seniors decide to make a move, they might discover that they no longer wish to tackle this journey solo. Senior move managers help seniors acclimate to their new community and provide a supportive resource. Home should be a sanctuary; we create a comforting environment that makes seniors feel safe and secure in their new homes.
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Ask us anything.
We love feedback.
Don't be afraid to make requests.
We will find the best resource for you if we don't know.
Please share your feelings with us.
You can reach out for help after your move is complete.
Explore your new community, and ask us to help you.
Trust us to set up utilities or other home needs.
Know when to take a break, and understand it's OK to take a moment.
Understand that your move is unique, and your move manager is here to help manage any unique challenges.
Senior Moves specializes in assisting seniors in relocating to a new home and adjusting to their new home. Use our moving guide to learn more about the questions and requests we encourage from our clients.
Why You Should Ask Us Anything
Moving to a new home can be emotionally draining and stressful. The first step in our process is meeting face-to-face with each client. We learn your needs and concerns and answer any questions. We encourage seniors to ask us anything.
This meeting allows the Senior Move manager to find ways to provide help. Some seniors only want our assistance with packing and unpacking boxes. However, other moves are more complicated.
Ask us your questions. We will do our best to accommodate any request if we can provide a supportive service. Seniors who are worried about details can entrust us to handle them. Ask us anything so we know how to help.
We Love Feedback
Constructive criticism is encouraged. We love feedback. Some moves involve us arranging rooms and hanging pictures. If you don't like a design detail, let us know.
Your move manager wants your home to feel comfortable and welcoming. We will work with each client to design a layout ideal for each individual's needs and requests. These plans can change if seniors have other preferences.
Never worry about being too honest. This is your home, and we want you to be happy.
Don't be Afraid to Make Requests
When meeting with your move manager, make requests related to services you need. We want to know how we can best assist you. If you need help moving a car across the U.S., packing and unpacking, and selling your home, we will create a plan addressing each detail.
Let us know all the services you might need. Your move manager is your main contact and resource; the most important information you can give them is how they can best help you.
We Find the Best Resources
A move involves numerous team members, and we oversee the entire process. We help every client find the best local moving company and partner with your real estate agent to prepare your house for sale.
In addition, we can help you find cleaning companies for your new home and set up and establish utility accounts. When you need help selling items that cannot make the move, we host estate sales and research every item to maximize each sale.
Please Share Your Feelings with Us
Moving involves a range of emotions. You might feel anxious, excited about the new home, stressed about the prospect of moving, or sad as you leave a forever home behind. Emotions often come in waves, and some emotions are unpredictable. Packing an item might move you to tears. We understand.
Please share your feelings with us. Our team can often ease your anxiety or stress by talking you through the process. We also love to hear stories about your home's memories and items that you have collected. We are here to listen and help.
Our Work Isn't Complete After Your Move
After you've acclimated to your new home, we're still here to help you. If you have a question or concern and need tips on finding the best service provider or handyman, we are still available to help you. Feel free to contact us and use your move manager as a resource.
Explore Your New Community, and Let Us Be Your Guide
Adjusting to your community requires exploring the area. Whether you have moved into a tight-knit senior living community or just a new neighborhood, let us be your guide to help you feel comfortable and safe.
Your move manager will explore the area with you. Together, we can find the best grocery stores, your closest hospital, a vet for your pet, and anything else you might need.
If you move into a senior community, we will explore the grounds and facilities. We will meet the staff, learn more about activities, and find out all the best opportunities for socializing and accessing what you need. We won't leave until you feel comfortable.
Senior Moves Helps with Setting Up Utilities in a New Home
Contacting utility providers can be challenging. How do you change the address on your account? How do you move cable services or set up a new account with an electric provider?
Don't worry about these details. Senior Moves can establish your accounts for you to ensure the lights, cable, internet, and water are ready for you when you move in. We will provide you with all your account details and contact information to find help if there is a service outage or other concern.
Taking a Break is OK
Moving is a process. Sometimes, the process is long. There might be moments when emotions run strong. Maybe you need to cry. Maybe you are overwhelmed.
It's OK to take a break. We understand if you cannot watch as cherished items are packed away. We know transitioning to a new space is draining; sometimes, it's scary or stressful. The memories flood you, and the tears won't stop. We understand.
If you need a break, it's OK. We will give you space and time. Just tell us.
Understand It's Your Move
Your home is filled with memories, and downsizing takes time. Your move will be unique. The services you need from us are tailored to meet your needs and specifications. The move also is scheduled to fit your timeline.
Share with us what you need. Tell us how we can help you make your move easy and stress-free. We act as the hands that move you into the next stage of your life's journey; we pack your items, move your furniture, and arrange the home. Yet, we also hold your hand through the entire process.
When you're ready to downsize or make a move, contact us. Meet our move managers and learn how Senior Moves creates a moving plan to help you manage your relocation.
Senior Moves FAQ
How do we get started with Senior Moves?
First, we'll develop a plan for your move. We'll figure out a feasible timetable and then schedule the work. One of the first things you can do is start thinking about what you'd like to take.
What can Senior Moves do to help me with my move?
Just about anything that will make your move easier for you. We can suggest places you might like to live, help you decide what to take with you, pack, unpack, organize your new home, and dispose of the items you had to leave behind.
I'm concerned that my new place won't feel like home to me. I like the way things are here.
We'll do our best to make your new home feel like your current home if you like. We can arrange pictures on the wall just as you have them now, and place other items so that it feels familiar to you.
What if we want to take the car with us, or we don't need the car any more?
We can make arrangements for the car to be moved, sold, or donated.
How much will it cost me to use Senior Moves' services?
Each move is unique. At the time of the consultation, we'll take a look at what needs to be done, and then we'll be able to answer this question. There are many factors that affect the fee: the size of your house, the volume of your belongings, the amount of participation you and/or your family is able to offer.