3 Tips for Seniors Preparing to Move Cross-Country

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Staff Preparing Box In The Moving Truck — Beloit, WI — Christofferson Moving & StorageWhen Bankrate surveyed 1,001 adults of all ages and asked, “Would you move in retirement?” 68 percent of respondents from the Midwest said they would consider moving, with many citing their desire for a nicer climate.

Earlier this year, United Van Lines released their National Movers Study which analyzed the migration patterns of 27,000 customers who made an out of state move in the past year. Unsurprisingly, New Mexico, Florida, and Arizona topped the list for relocating retirees.

In reality, only about 3–4 percent of retirees across the nation move each year. But for those seniors who do decide to relocate out of state, figuring out how to start can feel like a logistical nightmare. Here are three action steps you can take that will help make moving a dream.

1. Decide What You Want to Bring with You

If your new home is the same size as your current home, you can move everything you own to the new place if you want to. Chances are your new home is smaller. Many, if not most, senior citizens downsize once they retire. Their children are grown, and they no longer need or want to deal with the upkeep a big house requires.

Compare the square footage in your current home to the home you are moving to. This will help you determine the things you have room to bring with you. For example, if you currently have a 4-bedroom home and are moving to a 2-bedroom condo, you will need to drastically reduce your household items such as furniture.

Streamlining Your Home to Move: Tips to Downsize

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Young Woman Packing Books Into Cardboard Box — Beloit, WI — Christofferson Moving & StorageMoving into a smaller home takes planning and organization. If you’re moving into a smaller space, you simply won’t be able to take everything with you. Streamlining your home before you move will make the process easier.

Here are some tips to streamline and downsize your home.

1. Start Early and Plan Ahead

Plan ahead when you are downsizing. Long before moving day, take a look around and make note of what you truly want to take to your new home and what can be left behind. Walk carefully through each room, and make notes about the important furniture and accessories you want to take with you and what will fit into your new home.

Get the family involved, and have them do the same to their personal spaces, like bedrooms. Have them take a look around the house and decide which items are important to them and which they can either sell or give away.

Moving In With Your Partner: Tips for a Smooth Transition

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Moving In With Your Partner

Moving in with a significant other can be a stressful experience, but it is also the first step towards a stronger, long-term relationship. Some couples can have disagreements during their first move-in, especially if they move into a smaller space. Read on some tips for keeping the calm.

Inventory Your Stuff and Get Rid of Unwanted Items

Often, moving in with your partners means you have two sets of things: two beds, two couches, and two dining room tables. Have a discussion regarding which items each of you wants to keep and which items you want to throw away. In general, this is a good time to donate or throw away things that you do not really need anymore.

How to Plan for a Piano Move

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Moving can be a hassle, especially when you have large and bulky items that require special care and attention. One of the largest and bulkiest of all items you might own is a piano.

Moving your piano safely is always a challenge, which is why you should hire professional movers to assist you. Ideally, you’ll want to choose movers who specialize in or who are at least familiar with moving pianos.

Have A Parent Moving Closer? How To De-Stress The De-Cluttering

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Is your parent or grandparent ready to move closer to you or your siblings? This transition is vital for the health and safety of senior parents, but it also often takes a load off adult children who have been splitting their time and attention as long-distance caretakers.

However, downsizing a parent’s life in order to sell their house is often more challenging than the actual move. How can your family successfully help someone sort through their home, belongings, and memorabilia with less stress? Here are six tips you can try.

Hidden Costs to Avoid During Your Next Commercial Move

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Have you ever had a commercial move that ended up costing much more than the initial quote? That is likely due to hidden costs. Some of these hidden costs might be a little duplicitous, while other hidden costs are understandable. Working with a trustworthy, knowledgeable moving company is key when trying to avoid hidden costs.

Packing Equipment and Packing Supplies

Though you may have paid your movers to pack your office up, you may still be charged for the equipment and supplies they use for the actual packing. Always ask initially whether the equipment and supplies are included within the packing charge. You may want to purchase the equipment and supplies on your own, or have every employee pack up his or her own area.

Plan For Success By Involving Employees In Your Business Move

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Your employees are one of the greatest assets a company has. That is particularly true when you plan a physical business move. Employees can be cheerleaders, planners, forward thinkers, and support networks during a company move. But you need to get them involved in order to make most of their intelligence and enthusiasm.

How can your company get employees more involved during the transition? Here are a few easy and positive ways.

How to Choose the Right Time for a Corporate Move

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People Moving in Office - Commercial Moving in Janesville, WIMoving your business is a challenge on many levels. One of the best things you can do to make it work for everyone is to find the right timing. What does that involve? Use these four simple steps to time any corporate move for the best outcome.

Create a Committee

Committees often have negative connotations as being stuffy and slow to act. But in reality, the right committee empowered in the right way can make your project smoother and more inclusive. Your moving committee should include members of ownership or management as well as representatives from various elements of the company’s employees.

Executives should be supportive of the committee’s findings, demonstrating an example for all employees. And all committee members — especially those representing employees — need to be equally heard and respected.

Moving Abroad in Retirement? 4 Practical Steps to Take Now

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Are you planning to move to another country when you retire? A cross-country move is a big life decision that can have tremendous benefits in terms of saving money and living a happier, healthier life. But before you pack your things and get on a plane, take these four practical steps to get ready.

  1. Learn the Culture

How much do you know about the culture and language where you’ll live? You benefit yourself and boost chances of success by reducing culture shock as much as possible.

How To Pack Your Bedroom For A Stress-Free Move

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Many people might think moving is stressful, but packing your things can be just as, if not more stressful than moving day. After all, trying to fit all your life’s possessions into a trailer full of boxes is no easy task. Which is why a lot of people say things to us like, “I’m looking forward to moving, but I forgot how much I hate packing.”



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