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Making Moving a Stress-free Day (for Seniors)

Courtesy of: Nadia Kalnieva of Sons Moving, Toronto

One of the most difficult challenges a widow or widower can face is deciding to move out of your longtime home and into a new living situation. Even if you embrace the move, it’s important to recognize that there is going to be emotion and nostalgia on the actual day.

With that in mind, you may want to consider whether you even want to be there on the day. Having a family member or caregiver present on your behalf provides support, comfort and ease with this transition.

Whether present for the actual move, you should be involved in choosing which keepsakes stay and go. Planning is key, so start early with a simple colour-coded system (green dots for sold or give away, red for keeping [within the family or one’s new residence], and yellow for later consideration). This can help with the overwhelming stress of making all decisions at once, and may transform some of the experience into a positive, pleasant event. Gifting, donating, are good things to focus on as moving day approaches.

Picking a slow day to move could save hundreds of dollars, and be applied to your new home. Add too, it makes for a more relaxed environment in moving.

Have the movers pack all the breakables, as these are covered by their insurance, and let family pack books and non – breakable items.

Moving is a seasonal business, so take advantage of rates. If winter can be managed, you’ll save monies. If move in the summer, try and make your house closing on the15th of the month. Consider too the weekend: a less busy time for traffic and deadlines.

In your new home, unpacking (by family and caregivers) should take place as promptly as possible, easing the transition along.

Get at least three estimates for your move, and compare apples to apples, namely, the size of the truck, rates for packing and unpacking, cost for packing materials, additional services, insurance and payment terms. Lastly, consider personal referrals, the company’s reputation or BBB/BNI record.

For more information on related topics, please contact DFS Private Wealth, the author of Managing Alone and founder of widowed.ca. We are here to help and answer any questions you have. Should you need a connection to a professional in your area we would be happy to make the introduction for you to someone you can trust. Contact Us today.

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