Seven Tips to Make Moving Easier for Seniors
Hiring a moving crew is the ideal option when moving homes, but many seniors simply don’t have it within their budget to do so.
If you or another senior citizen is looking to move, read these seven tips to ensure a successful and injury-free move!
- Pack Boxes Lightly
When moving, it’s helpful to break tasks into small sections, especially when it involves lifting. If you use smaller boxes and limit the number of heavy objects in each box, you decrease your risk of injury. This is good advice for anyone, but especially for older adults.
- Get Rid of Unnecessary Items
Before the move, take the time to throw out, donate, or store any items you won’t need in the immediate future. An early trip to a storage unit can save you a lot of hassle on your moving day!
- Rent Dolly’s
The wheel was a heck of an invention, and yet it’s still not used as much as it should be! Dollies, both two-wheeled and four-wheeled, make moving much easier. They are also incredibly inexpensive to rent, at only $10/day from most moving companies.
- Trucks with Lowering Decks
Pushing a dolly up a ramp is a big strain on your back, and not a necessary one. Many rental moving trucks have low decks, and use hydraulics to get even lower.
- Recruit Outside Help
Even if you can’t afford movers, you might be able to rustle some relatives into helping. Failing that, you can hire professional packers to go through the time-consuming tasks of packing all your stuff safely.
- Make a Few Trips
An 8-hour moving day is hard, even for pros. Go for shorter days where you move fewer things. Try breaking it up into two or three days, moving one or two rooms a day. Fully pack and move one room before starting on the next one.
If you’re on a time crunch and can’t spend several days moving, rent a storage unit in advance. You can move items into the unit over a few weeks or even a few months to make the process unrushed.
- Take Photos and Catalogue Each Room
If you like things the way they are, take photos so you can set them up again in your new place. Pay particular attention to the arrangement of pictures and hangings on your walls to make sure you can replicate the set up.
The most important part of moving for seniors is to ensure a relaxing environment while avoiding personal injury. Follow the above steps and you’ll be sure to have a successful relocation!
Posted on April 11, 2015 | Packing Tips