On the first and third Thursday of the month, movers from across North America participate in a discussion on Twitter, called MoveChat, where stories, tips, and advice are shared. Every chat, we discuss a specific part of the moving process. This week the topic was, “How to Handle a Senior Move” and what follows is an edited transcript of the discussion.
Q1. For a family, what is different about a senior move?
HAuston Emotions can play a large role. Careful planning is needed.
PortageCartage Often the kids come in from out of town to arrange it, meaning condensing weeks of prep into a much shorter time frame.
jkmoving Exactly, delicate but quickened planning is needed. Movers and family need to be very clear on what’s happening
Q2. How is a senior move different for the moving company?
PortageCartage Our regular pace of work is often overwhelming for seniors & we have to slow down to keep them comfortable with the process.
jkmoving We do our best to use the same crew for certain assisted living facilities so they know the people and the layout
HAuston Movers need to clearly establish who is the decision maker and prioritize communication.
Q3. What can seniors do to make the move easier?
PortageCartage Downsize, downsize, downsize. We’ve had seniors try to fit a full 3-bdr home into a 700 ft² condo.
jkmoving We suggest a floor plan (ahead of time) so seniors know what they can and can’t take. (This applies to all moves really)
HAuston Take time now to get possessions in order, declutter and plan to distribute and give away items.
jkmoving If there are problems downsizing, consider taking photos and making an electronic scrapbook. It’s better than alternative
Q4. If you have any other tips or suggestions for a senior move, feel free to share now.
PortageCartage Our crews like to load the table & chairs last so they can be first unloaded, allowing the customer to sit down right away.
HAuston Seniors planning a move need to explore all options look at the short-term options & also consider what may happen a year from now
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