Many seniors are downsizing and moving into smaller houses or condos. It’s an exciting time and, for some, a stressful time leaving a family home. Here are downsizing tips for seniors to help prepare for the move:


Often, furniture that fits perfectly in your current home may not fit or complement your smaller home. Make a list of the furniture items you love and want to keep. Another key point is to measure big pieces like the sofa, dining table, and cabinets or hutches to ensure they will fit in your new home.

Then, list furniture that can be given to your children, sold, given to a charity, or disposed of if worn or torn.

Collectibles and China

If you are not moving the cabinets that hold your collectibles and china now, go through these items and decide what to move to your new home and what you want to give your children and grandchildren. Also, if your collectibles are high-value, consider having them appraised.

Remember, when you are going through your belongings, you are downsizing, and there will only be room for some things. Why pay to store items that will not be used?

Junk Removal

We all have items that are no longer usable. Charities do not accept worn or damaged furniture, so Junk Removal is a great option. They do remove items from whatever area they are in your home or garage, disassemble anything that needs to be removed, and take care of the disposal. You pay for this service based on the space the items occupy in their truck.


Above all, choose a reputable, professional moving company. If you are looking for a mover online, contact the Canadian Association of Movers at 1-866-860-0065 to confirm that the mover is reputable. This is the only association in Canada that pre-qualifies movers to ensure they are professional and stable. All must abide by a code of conduct.

Consider having the mover pack all your belongings. This job is very physically tiring, but a professional mover can pack your home in one day or less. Be sure to ask your mover for a quote on this.

For more downsizing tips for seniors and a no-obligation moving quote, contact Premiere Van Lines toll-free at 1-877-671-6683.