8 Tips for Senior Downsizing

Ma and Pa Downsizing

Downsizing Your Life

Downsizing can be a traumatic experience for many seniors.

Growing old is a fact of life. People are living longer and much healthier lives. Even after many years of living in and loving their dream homes, inevitably the decision will need to be made to move on to a smaller, more manageable and stress-free lifestyle.

Because of this trend “Senior Lifestyle Communities,” featuring the most beautiful homes and condos with unbelievable amenities are popping up everywhere! Since the baby boomer generation is retiring at the rate of 10,000 people per day, the marketplace has responded to this statistic. So many great options are now available that downsizing has become a trend and families are now more willing to get the process started.

At Get Your Move On, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help make this transition so much easier. We have organically built a free service that helps people struggling with decisions to move into smaller spaces find helpful support from our team.

We are very aware of the emotional toll families go through as they come to the crossroads of needing to downsize. Frequently, they must make difficult and emotional decisions regarding their personal belongings, excess furniture, home accessories and valuable possessions.

In many cases, these families have lived in larger homes for 20 to 30 years. They realize the decision to move poses a gigantic, and in many cases, a nerve-wracking task.

The idea of moving makes them feel a lot of stress and pressure when they think of what to keep and what to get rid of because they are usually moving into much smaller homes, condos and senior communities.

Get Your Move On’s Commitment to Seniors

As a moving and storage company, we come across these families almost daily. Over time, we have developed very viable and useful solutions and suggestions for these families to consider once they decide they need to move.

When we get calls from clients facing a downsize, they express their concerns to us. Our customer service team assures them we have some great solutions to help them.

Once we get out to their homes to do an estimate, we can sense that they are overwhelmed and extremely uncomfortable with the idea of moving into a smaller home. In many cases, they have no clue what to do with their excess belongings, furnishings and many of their worldly possessions. Get Your Move On can empathize with them because we come across this situation often.

We share our experience, our knowledge and introduce them to our very capable team of downsizing professionals. Each team member has been vetted to make moving into a smaller space so much easier for seniors.

As moving and storage professionals, we have made it our business to lower stress, minimize anxiety while delivering moving and storage services. We have compiled a list of very honest and thorough downsizing and rightsizing professionals. Included in that list are direct buyers, consignors, professional organizers, auction houses, estate sales professionals and stagers. Several other service providers are available to come in and quickly make the moving transition a lot easier for our clients.

Here are 8 tips to make downsizing easier:

    1. Start early
    2. Start small
    3. Eliminate rooms you won’t have in your new home
    4. Get rid of duplicates
    5. Only make Yes or No piles – no Maybes
    6. Reduce collections creatively
    7. Don’t be afraid to sell things yourself
    8. Consider legacy gifts early

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1430 East Hadley Street – Suite 110
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
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Organize Your Move in Advance to Avoid Stress

The key to a stress-free move is to plan everything in advance so that you’re organized and totally prepared for moving day.  By following the schedule outlined below you should be able to cover all of your bases:

One Month Prior to Moving Day
– Contact Get Your Move On, LLC to schedule them for moving day and the day before if you want them to come out and pack you up.
– Check to see whether this move might be covered under your homeowner’s insurance.
– Arrange to have your children’s school records transferred.
– Call your family doctors and dentists for them to recommend others located in the area where you’re moving.
– Obtain copies of refillable prescriptions.
– Go room by room through your house sorting out which items to take with you, which items to sell at a garage sale, what should be donated and what you’ll just toss out.
– Contact your insurance agent to make sure your new home will be adequately covered with personal property insurance for fire, theft and any other appropriate coverage.  Have your health, auto and any other policies transferred to the new address.
– Get the necessary change of address forms for your driver’s license.

Three Weeks Prior to Moving
– Check to make sure all tax assessments are cleared.
– Slow down on grocery shopping because you’ll need to clear out the cupboards and refrigerator before the move. Eat what you already have on hand.
– Certain items cannot be organized and loaded onto the moving truck, which include: aerosol cans, ammunition, corrosives and anything flammable like propane tanks. Use them up or plan on giving them to a friend or neighbor before the move.
– Have someone come out to service all major appliances before moving day.

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GYMO Newsletter August 2017

 

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Get Your Move On LLC.
1430 East Hadley Street – Suite 110
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
http://getyourmoveonllc.com/

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Five Tips To Minimize the Stress of a Summer Move

Packing up your home and moving is stressful any time of year, but it is especially hard on the nerves during the hot and humid summer months.  Here are some tips to help you stay cool, calm and collected if you’re planning to pack up and move this summer:

1. Line Up a Moving Company
As soon as you have a moving date, make an appointment with a reputable moving company like Get Your Move On, LLC to come out and give you estimates on the cost.  This will help you determine your budget while paring down the number of items you actually need to move to the new residence. Once you decide which mover to hire, schedule a date for them to come out and pack things up and set the moving date as well. The summer months are the busiest for movers, especially the last and beginning few days of each month.

2. Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Start sorting through your belongings to determine what you will be taking with you, what you can sell at a garage or yard sale, and what you should donate or toss out.  Make sure you get any necessary permits if you’re holding a garage sale.  Put up flyers around the neighborhood advertising your sale and attach prices to each item you’re selling.  For items that don’t sell, donate them to Goodwill or a local thrift store.

3. Make Arrangements for the Elderly, Children and Pets
If you have seniors, small children and/or pets, make arrangements for them to be cared for during the move.  You can book an air-conditioned hotel room or ask a friend or family member to watch them for you at their home.  You can take your dog/cat to an animal daycare or to your friend’s house in a secure carrier. This keeps all family members safe and secure and out of the hot summer sun during the move.

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When Preparing for a Corporate Relocation

Find out what your employer’s corporate relocation package looks like
Large companies often provide employees with a pre-determined relocation package that spells out what they will offer you and what you will be responsible for.  We recommend that you look into this first so you have a basis before asking about the details.  They will most likely handle moving all you’ll need from your office, but will this include paying for the moving company to pack everything up?  How soon will you be required to complete the move?  How much information will they give you ahead of time about your new home?  Will they pay your travel expenses so you can visit the new city before you move?  You need to know all these details and they may all be outlined in your employer’s relocation package.  You might want to ask your HR Manager for a copy of your relocation package.

Determine how your employer plans on compensating you for the relocation
Moving can be very costly, especially when it involves a whole family.  Is your employer planning on paying up front for your move?
Will your company be reimbursing you up to a certain point according to specific guidelines, or don’t they have a ceiling on this?
Are they willing to cover temporary housing so you have time to find a new home?  Some companies have a policy of reimbursing employees for this in a lump sum.  In this case it would be up to you to decide how the money should be spent, knowing there won’t be more coming your way if you lose money on the sale of your house or are responsible for additional closing costs you hadn’t expected.  There may be a chance for you to negotiate with your employer on these matters, especially if you are being required to relocate for their benefit.  Find out exactly how your moving costs will be handled before you begin spending your own money on the move.

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