Moving is a daunting task, particularly for a senior. You have a life time of possessions and memories and there is so much to be done before, during and after the move. What do you do?
Find your Senior Move Manager
You can trust your Senior Move Manager at ElderMoves to take care of every step of your move from beginning to end. We understand your needs and wants and will handle the many difficult tasks that lay ahead. Even small things will be taken care of so you don’t have to worry.
Make a Checklist
Moving involves a lot small tasks in addition to the move itself. There are many personal things that must be taken care of, i.e.: redirecting mail; contacting utilities regarding the change; letting Health and Welfare Canada, O.H.I.P., Ministry of Transport and your financial institutions know about the move. Your checklist should list the task, who will take care of it, when it should be completed and when it has been completed.
Set your Moving Date
If you are selling your home or giving up an apartment, avoid moving on the closing date or the day the apartment must be vacated. Allow time for clearing or clean-up after the move. You want to allow time for your new home to be ready if it is an apartment or retirement suite. Make sure there is enough time to do all that you have to do: assessing, sorting and properly packing for the move. You can’t do it all in one day. You will need time to dispose of those things you can’t take with you: i.e. sale, donation or transport to dump. This can be done after the move.
You also have to consider elevator availability. In apartment buildings elevators may not be available for moving during rush hour. Most retirement facilities do not allow moves on weekends or holidays and the elevators must available during meals so residents can get to and from the dining areas.
The Floor Plan
Preparing a floor plan for your new home is vital. It will help you decide what you should and shouldn’t take with you. The size of the rooms, windows and doors will determine how furniture must be placed so that you can easily get at things you use daily (clothing, dishes, toiletries). Don’t clutter your new home. Make sure you can safely move around furniture without squeezing, particularly if you have difficulty walking or use a cane, walker or wheelchair.