The children have flown the nest and you are living in a house which quite frankly is too big for your present and future needs. Leaving behind a home you’ve lived in for a long time and which contains so many memories can be extremely hard emotionally. But sometimes we have to face the fear and do what makes sense both financially and to meet our current circumstances. Downsizing – such a dreadful word so let’s call it moving forward with our lives. A little bit longer to say but then sometimes taking our time is what we need to do as we get older.
Kingdom Removals can support you and help you plan your move. Here are some things to think about:
PLAN, PLAN, PLAN
As with any large life event, careful planning can avoid stress on the day. If you have a family member or friend who can help you with your moving plans, this usually works well – with responsibility shared, it is less likely that something will be forgotten. If no-one is available to help, you might want to consider engaging a company that specialises in elderly moving services.
Can I get about easily?
Before buying or renting a new property check thoroughly to see where there may be mobility difficulties. For instance, if the house has stairs, will a stairlift be needed? If there are steps from the house that lead outside or to the garden; do you need to install mobility aids? There are many organisations which will be able to provide expert advice on these and other issues relating to health and mobility.
Charity begins at home
You’ve decided where you are going to move too and made the necessary preparations, what next? A great way of saving money is to take as little as possible with you to your new home. This will save money on removal costs. If you don’t use it and it is still in good condition give as many belongings and clothes to your local charity as possible.
If there are any items of value such as antiques or collectables that you no longer wish to keep contact a professional valuer or auctioneer to arrange a sale.
it’s getting scary
As your removal date approaches get help with making sure that everything you wish to take with you is separated and ready to pack. Ensure that boxes are marked with the appropriate room to which they are being moved to eg kitchen, bedroom 1 etc.
On the day make sure you have essential items to make hot drinks and meals in the first couple of days. Don’t forget to get the fridge plugged in as soon as it is delivered!
Once in the new home take your time to unpack all but the essentials; it doesn’t have to be done all at once.
Above all, give yourself enough time and don’t be afraid to step back and allow someone else to do the hard work for you. If you’re looking to move home let Kingdom Removals help to make the move as smooth as possible.