How to Make Moving Seniors Stress Free

Moving is stressful, that is a fact of life. However when moving seniors, there may be an extra degree of anxiety associated with the experience. If you stop to consider that some seniors may have lived in their home for 40, or 50 years you can appreciate that the idea of moving can be overwhelming. Regardless of whether the seniors are moving into a personally owned condo, a retirement community complex or an assisted living facility, planning is the key to making the move as stress free as possible.

It is preferable for there to be a family member available who can assist the senior in getting ready for the move. Purging a household where things have been collected over decades takes time and effort, and if there isn’t a family member who can assist with this task then it may be wise to consider hiring someone to help with the sorting and making the necessary arrangements. There are a number of companies who specialize in this area, just be sure to check out their credentials and track record before bringing them into your home. Personal recommendations are the best way to decide if a particular individual or company is right for you.

Categorize Items

Deciding what to do with the contents of the senior’s home is a big job so getting started as far in advance as possible will make things a little easier. Like with any move, sorting by category makes the most sense.

  • Furniture and other items will be kept and moved to the senior’s new home.
  • Furniture and other items will be given to family members and/or friends.
  • Items that are suitable for sale.
  • Items that will be donated to a charity.
  • Items that are no longer useable and should be disposed of.

Generally, when seniors move their new accommodations will be much smaller than their existing home, so only a very limited amount of possessions will be moving with them. In some cases, they may decide to purchase some new furniture that will fit better in a condo or a retirement suite. Storage may also be quite limited so it is important to carefully choose what will be moved.

Selling Items

In terms of selling furniture and other items there are a number of options. If there are some genuine antiques or very fine furniture and other valuable items, holding an estate sale in the home or at an auction house may result in higher sale revenues. Just remember you must pay a commission to the person or company who is handling the sale for you. They will market and conduct the sale on your behalf.

A traditional garage sale is another option but unless there are family or friends who can assist, most seniors will find this choice to be too much work. Donating to a charity will be easier.

Choose the Best Moving Company

A key component for a stress free move for seniors is the right moving company. When moving seniors choosing a company like Premiere Van Lines makes a lot of sense. They will assign a professional moving consultant who will work closely with the seniors to help them plan each stage of the move. These individuals have the experience and empathy needed to reassure the senior that everything will be taken care of to their satisfaction.

From professional packing and unpacking at destination, to arranging the transportation of items being given to family and friends, to the delivery of items to designated charities and even disposing of items at the local municipal waste facility, Premiere Van Lines can coordinate moving seniors with minimal stress. The moving crews assigned will have the experience to move everything safely and the customer service skills to demonstrate a real degree of care and concern. Everything will be done to make the moving experience as stress free as possible.

For more information on Premiere’s program designed to move seniors, contact your local Premiere Van Line office.

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