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Tips and Tricks to Make Relocation Easier For Seniors

Moving is stressful for anyone, but it can be challenging if you’re a senior. You may have limited mobility or vision, and you may find yourself struggling to lift heavy boxes and furniture on your own. However, there are some steps you can take to make relocation easier and less stressful.

Start planning early

There’s a lot you can do ahead of time when it comes to moving. Not only will this save you money and stress in the long run, but it also gives you more control over what happens during the move. If you start planning early, especially during a long-distance move, you will:

  • Have time to find the right home. Many homes in many different places might be perfect for your needs.

  • Avoid common moving mistakes like losing or breaking your inventory.

  • Pack and unpack more easily.

Declutter and organize

If you’re downsizing, this is the perfect time to declutter your home and eliminate things you don’t need. Donate items to charity, your local thrift store, or Goodwill. Give them away to friends and family members who could use them as well. If you are moving into a smaller space than what you’re used to, consider paring down your belongings so that they fit into your new place with ease.

Senior person crossing hands.
It’s important to start planning your move early.

There’s no need for things to take up storage space when plenty of people could benefit from them!

Donate unwanted items

Whether you are moving by yourself or hiring movers, you should decide which items to pack or not. Unwanted items can only take up unnecessary room in your moving boxes and add up to your moving costs. Donating items you no longer use. Or those in perfect condition because you’ve rarely or never used them. All of this will tremendously help you declutter your home. Donate items you don’t want to move and things that others can reuse.

If the item is not in good condition, but someone else might enjoy it, consider selling it on Craigslist or other local classifieds sites. If the item is not usable in your new home, consider donating it to a thrift store for others’ enjoyment and reuse!

Choose your decor carefully

Decorating your new space is a big part of making it feel like home, but you should also think carefully about the furniture you choose. To make relocation more manageable, you’ll want to consider how easy the pieces are to move around and store, how they will fit into the new space, and their durability.

Some pieces may be more difficult than others to transport or store, so pick lightweight and small items to fit efficiently in your new place. You might even consider hiring an experienced moving company to help with this task!

Consider renting a storage unit

There is a simple solution if you have too many belongings in your home and don’t want to move them all at once. Renting a storage unit will make relocation easier and simplify the unpacking process.

  • Choose a storage unit that is close to your new home.

  • Pack the unit where you will keep only valuable things.

  • Get rid of everything you don’t need. This is the most crucial step. Too many people move their entire house into a storage unit. Most of them don’t need all those things anymore and can live without them. However, this can be a bad idea – it just makes moving more difficult and expensive in the future. Also, keep in mind that if your belongings are damaged while stored in a facility, you may not have any recourse available. This will be due to lackluster insurance coverage or rules about who is responsible for damages incurred during storage.

An older lady washing vegetables.
Hiring movers will help you focus on yourself during a move.

Hire professional movers

Hiring professional movers is a great way to save time, energy, and money during your move. Many seniors don’t realize how much they can benefit from hiring professionals until it’s too late. When you hire professionals to help with your relocation, here are some of the advantages:

  • They save you time and make relocation easier. You have enough to do during this transition period in your life as it is. Why spend extra hours packing and unpacking everything yourself? By hiring professional movers, you will free up more of your time. This way, you can focus on other aspects of the move, such as cleaning out closets or taking care of pets.

  • They prevent injuries. Moving heavy boxes around isn’t easy for anyone. And if you have never handled furniture before, then it may seem even harder.

  • They have the right equipment. When planning a move, you will need to have the right size of moving boxes. But also, you will need additional equipment for moving heavy inventory, which is why professional movers are a good choice.

There are many things you can do to make your move easier as a senior

To make relocation easier as a senior, you will need all the help you can get. Moving will be more or less stressful whether you are in great physical shape. Here are the most important things you should keep in mind:

  • Start planning early. The best way to make your move easier as a senior is by starting early and giving yourself plenty of time to organize and prepare. Laying out all of your belongings in advance will help you decide what to keep and what to sell, donate or give away.

  • Declutter and organize before the movers arrive. Make sure you don’t have too many items that need packing! If you have too many things, they could take longer to load into the moving truck. This means it may take longer for them to get ready for their next job after they drop off your stuff at its final destination.

  • Hire professionals if possible. Otherwise, you can ask friends or family members if they can lend a hand with moving day activities. While someone helps you with things like carrying heavy furniture from one place to another or putting boxes into storage containers, you will have more time for self-care and planning. You can always hire professional movers who specialize in helping seniors relocate without stress. They know what equipment works best when it comes time.

A file box with decorative flowers on the shelf.
During this time, you will need all the help you can get.


Moving can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. By following these tips and tricks, you will be able to make relocation easier as a senior.