If you’re getting ready to help an elderly loved one relocate — whether it’s just down the street or across the country — there are several things you can do to make the moving process move smoother. At Ace Moving & Warehousing, we’ve been helping Twin Cities residents move since 1958, and one of our specialties is senior moving. We know how stressful and emotionally taxing the moving process can be for the elderly, so below, we’ve outlined a few tips you can implement to make the transition easier.
Downsize Before You Pack
If your loved one has lived in his or her current residence for many years, chances are there’s plenty of stuff they no longer use or want. Before you start the packing process, help your loved one sort through belongings and get rid of unnecessary items.
The easiest way to downsize is to create designated piles for items your loved one wants to keep, donate, and toss. Once you’ve sorted through everything, you can contact a donation center or charity that offers pickup service to come collect gently used items that can find a new home.
Ask for Help!
Downsizing for an elderly relative can be overwhelming if you attempt to tackle the process on your own. Seniors accumulate plenty of stuff over the years, and unless you’re an organization expert or have ample time on your hands, you’re probably going to need to enlist some help.
Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask family members and friends to help you with sorting through the house. If your family is a tight-knit bunch, they’re probably more than happy to help! Just make sure you ask them well in advance so they have adequate time to block off a few days on their schedules.
Considering Hiring a Junk Removal Company
An essential part of the downsizing process is getting rid of old, useless junk your loved one no longer uses or even knows they have. There’s no sense in transporting broken, damaged, or nonfunctional items to a new home since they’ll only clutter up the space. To help your loved enjoy a clean, fresh start, consider contacting a junk removal service to schedule an at-home pickup. These services will come collect just about anything you wish to get rid of and dispose of it according to local regulations.
Rent a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
Chances are your elderly loved one has a few items they don’t want to part with, but what if those items won’t fit inside the new home? Renting a climate-controlled storage unit is your best bet for keeping those items safe and intact. Plus, renting a high-quality storage solution gives your loved one peace of mind that his or her keepsake possessions are well protected.
What should you look for in a high-quality, climate-controlled storage unit? Here are a few non-negotiable traits:
● Sturdy, well-constructed, secure units
● Routine inventory inspection and verification
● Regular security monitoring
● Short- and long-term storage options
● Clean, well-kept ground and interior spaces
At Ace Moving & Warehousing, we offer a variety of high-quality storage solutions to meet virtually any need. And because we know long-term storage can affect the health and appearance of your loved one’s belongings, we also offer professional packing services for long-term storage.
Pre-Arrange Travel for Move Day
Many seniors have mobility issues, which can complicate travel on move day. If you’re driving to the new home, make sure your personal vehicle is easily accessible and can accommodate your loved one’s needs. If your loved one is making a long-distance move and you plan on flying, it’s always a good idea to request a wheelchair and any other airport accommodations well in advance.
Hire Professional Movers and Packers
Helping a senior move is no small undertaking. If you don’t have plenty of free time on your hands or your loved one has an overwhelming amount of stuff to move, hiring a moving company that specializes in senior moving can lighten your load tremendously. At Ace Moving & Warehousing, we offer a variety of helpful moving services to expedite senior relocations, including:
● Full packing services
● Furniture movers
● Appliance movers
● Climate-controlled storage buildings
● Crating services
● Long-distance movers
● And much more!
If you need a compassionate experienced team to help your elderly loved one throughout his or her relocation, make us your first call!
Looking for Senior Moving Services? Contact Ace Moving & Warehousing
If you’re getting ready to help an elderly relative relocate, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at Ace Moving & Warehousing for help. We’ve been helping senior citizens complete smooth, successful relocations since 1958, and we’re ready to help your family, too! To learn more about our services or request a fast moving quote, give our team a call today at 763-755-2045. You can also get in touch with us via our contact form, and we’ll get back to you promptly.