A Helpful Guide to Your Relocation
House to Home Relocation
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A Helpful Guide to Your Relocation
Remember when moving to a new home was an easy and even exciting endeavor? Just pack some boxes, notify the landlord, say goodbye to a few friends and hit the road. Simple.
However, for many adults and seniors, moving is not as straightforward—especially when parting a home with a lifetime’s accumulation of memories, collections and cherished belongings.
Relocating later in life can be a distressing event as we contemplate what support we will need, what items we bring our new home, and how we can preserve our treasured memories and keepsakes—and these are just the first concerns that may pop into mind.
Regardless of the circumstances, relocating can be a daunting event, both mentally and physically. But, you are not alone in making it happen. In fact, you can call upon the assistance of family, friends and relocation professionals—such as House to Home Relocation—to help ease the workload and accompanying anxiety.
Therefore, when dealing with your relocation, it is important to strategize your unique situation to ensure all your personal needs are met.
Consider the following when relocating:
The first and perhaps most important thing you can do in preparing your relocation is planning . This is when you need to ask yourself the critical questions that will greatly affect what you do and when you do it. Optimally, your planning should be at least six months from the date of your actual move day.
Some of the important questions to think about are:
- Have I selected and confirmed my new home?
- When do I need to be in my new home?
- What do I have to do to sell or rent my existing house?
- If I am already renting, how much advance time do I need to give?
- Do I need to get rid of possessions before I move and what will they be?
- How do I get rid of those possessions?
- Will I need to place some of my possessions in storage and where?
- Whom should I notify that I am moving and by when?
- What items do I need to carry with me while I am relocating?
- What special arrangements do I need for my pet(s)?
- Do I need to clean my current house/residence before leaving?
- Who is going to move my possessions from my current house to my new home?
- Where do I place my possessions in my new home?
- How soon after I arrive at my new home should I be settled in?
- Whom do I need to contact when I get to my new home?
- Can I manage my relocation all by myself?
- Do I “roll up my sleeves” or let a professional help?
One of the most helpful ways to organize your relocation is to develop a Relocation Binder that keeps your critical information in one spot and serves as a handy reference throughout the process of preparing for and conducting the move. Your Relocation Binder is a terrific place to keep a checklist of things you need to do and when you need to do them, and is a convenient place for resources, contacts, pictures, estimates and other documents you will acquire throughout your relocation. House to Home Relocation provides a relocation binder when clients sign up for services.
Another handy tool to have for your relocation is a written checklist of critical tasks that you need to accomplish before, during and after your move. Below are links some of the more comprehensive websites to find checklists for your moving support:
- Moving Company Guide
- The Ultimate Moving Checklist
- The Moving Checklist
- The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Families
- Moving Timeline by MarthaStewart.com
Senior Move Managers—www.nasmm.org
When working with a senior move manager, you are engaging a professional who knows what it means to move and how to do it—especially for older adults. In fact, senior move managers who are members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers are just that—professionals who specialize in assisting older adults and their families with the emotional and physical aspects of relocation. They focus exclusively on the move process, and they have expertise in resources and approaches that save money, reduce stress and produce quality results to meet personalized needs. House to Home Relocation is one of 600 member companies across the country that can help. Services available to clients can include: developing a master move plan, organizing, sorting, packing, unpacking, facilitating with service providers, getting moving company quotes, setting up in one’s new home down to connecting the electronics, hanging art and photos, and making the bed!
You can find members of the National Association of Senior Move Managers all over the country, many of whom have written books/guides about household downsizing and estate distribution, or have resources on their websites that provide information. (www.nasmm.org). You can also visit the FAQ section on our website for helpful information.
When relocating, the main goal is for you to endure the process with the least amount of hassle and confusion possible. Remember, help is available every step of the way, and House to Home Relocation welcomes the opportunity to assist you into your new home.
We are experienced and truly understand your concerns in facing your move. Let us help your move be safe, thorough, and complete. You deserve it.
Barbara and Jay Marshall / House to Home Relocation
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