After a lifetime of hard work, retiring is when you finally have the chance to kick back and relax; living day by day by the seat of your pants. More often than not, by the time you finally reached the goal of retiring, you are in your golden years and enjoying senior discounts. By this time, the kids have moved away from home, starting families of their own, and the once big home you created a lot of memories in, is simply too big. Whether you are on a limited income or its time to move to a slightly warmer climate or even closer to the kids and grandkids, you are seriously considering a move. Though the move begins a new chapter in your life, there are a few details that can make the transition simpler. We at Prodigy Moving & Storage would like to offer some tips and advice for the retiree making the move to a new place.
Formulate a Moving Plan
Moving isn’t something that can be done overnight and on the fly. Research is important along with making all the arrangements prior to the day you move out. Decide where you want to go and then find your new home in the neighborhood of your choice. Detail the cost of moving and ensure you have the budget for the move. In addition to all the planning, be sure to have alternatives in case dilemmas occur or original plans fall through.
Prepare to Move
Planning gets the goals down on paper, were as the preparations get the move started. Start putting the moving funds into a separate account, especially if you need to save. Get your home prepared for listing and up for sale. Additionally, accrue the packing supplies.
Do Not Rush Packing & Moving
You are retired, take your time and don’t rush. Weigh all your decisions carefully. Between the plans and the preparations as well as all the loose ends you have much to do and you need to be happy with all the final decisions.
Moving in the Fall or Winter is Optimal
Remember that as a retiree, you do not have to follow the crowd as those that have a work schedule. You are not bound to a time frame and you have free reign to do anything and everything you want on your own time. Take this to your advantage and move in the off-season when the demand and costs are at their lowest, allowing you to save money and schedule your moving professionals with ease. Keep in mind the summer is the busiest time of year for moving for many different reasons; kids are out of school, weather is nice, and many companies encourage employees to use their vacation time. The falls and winter can save you money on the long run.
Don’t Pack & Move what You Don’t Need
The longer anyone lives in one place, the more possessions are accumulated. Reducing the load will make your costs lower and less of a hassle to pack and unpack, especially if you are downsizing your living space. From old clothes, papers from your past jobs, or even from irrelevant concerns, to old furnishings, and everything in between; sell, donate, recycle, and trash the appropriate things before the move. Remember if you haven’t used it over a year, the chances are high you simply don’t need it.