Follow These Moving Tips for a Stress-Free Move to Your Next Home

According to the National Association of Realtors, moving is one of the most stressful life events you’ll ever experience.  Everyone reacts to the daunting task of moving, but women seem to experience it the hardest.  Moving is emotionally and physically tolling.  Physically, moving involves sorting, packing, and purging items in your home.  Emotionally, these tasks along with the thought of leaving behind precious memories, is difficult.

Depending on your circumstances, as a senior, your move may not be a pleasant experience.  This is especially true if you recently lost a spouse or housemate, suffered a financial loss, or your health dictates your move.  On the other hand, moving can be a pleasant experience if the change is for the positive such as relocating to a warmer client or closer to your family.

Whether you must move or you choose to, these moving tips can help reduce your stress.

Moving Tips

Plan Early.  Senior Real Estate Specialists (SRES©) often receive distress calls from a family member to immediately help sell a senior home because of illness or death.  This leads to incredible stress and often results in selling the home below market value.  The best way to avoid this is to begin planning your move as soon as you anticipate a change in your life.

Organize Your Stuff.  Even if you have no plans to move, as a senior, it is best to keep your stuff organized.  Changes in health may prevent us from sorting and organizing your things later.  To reduce stress, go through one room at a time.  Label boxes or storage bins with keep, donate, and giveaway.  Sort and list each item in your box or bin for easy reference.  Purchase large contractor trash bags and throw out everything else that doesn’t belong to one of your boxes or bins.  For donation items, schedule pickups as soon as you have a confirmed date to move.

Locate and Protect Your Legal Documents.  The sale of a house moves quickly once you receive a purchase agreement.  Locating your legal documents and having them readily available will significantly reduce your stress during the closing process.  Another way to reduce stress is to file your legal documents in a fire-proof container or scan a copy to your hard drive.  These will keep your documents safe for a timely closing.  There is nothing worse than postponing a closing to wait on a replacement legal document.

Price and Contract Movers, and Truck and Storage Rentals Early.  As soon as you know you are moving, call for prices and contract details for movers, storage, and truck rentals.  Costs often go up the closer you need the service or equipment.  Locking in a price early through a contract with a provision to change the date will help keep your costs low and avoid stress of needing immediate help to move.

Decide Who Needs to Know About Your Move.Image of seniors moving and packing  Make a list of important contacts and the dates you need to notify them about your move.  Consider your professional and personal contacts.  Professional contacts include your bank, attorney, doctors, dentist, subscriptions, charge cards, religious organizations, insurance agents, financial advisor, accountant, lawn and maintenance services, post office, and Social Security Administration.

While you may experience some stress during your move, following these moving tips can help make your move more manageable and possibly even pleasant!

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