Senior Moving Checklist
Boundless Moving & Storage recommends the following timeline tasks to ensure less stress and more organization when moving your senior loved one.
2 Months Before Your Move
- Finalize a retirement community choice that fits your needs best. Whether you decide on Florida or Cape Cod, Massachusetts, make sure that the area has the entertainment and medical associates that you need.
- Send money/deposits to the retirement community.
- Inquire about move-in restrictions (days/times).
- Inquire about pet restrictions if you have a dog or a cat.
- Pick a moving date that works great for your schedule(s). Most moves take place over a weekend, especially if there are family and friends helping. However, a mid-week move can be easier if everyone's schedules permit.
- Call an insurance agent to see if there might be any change in policy (renter vs. homeowner). Make sure that your policy matches up with your new living situation before moving day comes.
- Research senior moving companies in your area or in the area that you or your senior is relocating to.
- Meet with the moving company and inquire in detail about their senior moving services.
- Compare the different moving companies based upon price, date availability, storage options, and insurance policies.
- Obtain a full breakdown of the fees associated with the move itself.
- Visit the BBB website, social media websites, and ask for credible references.
- Once you’ve made a decision, book the moving company as soon as possible.
- Arrange a layout/floor plan of the home that you or your senior will be moving into.
- Decide what furniture and other belongings will fit (and won’t fit).
- Decide on paint colors and other basic feature design items/ideas of the new place.
- Take pictures to recreate setup of prior home. This is especially important for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients.
- Begin sorting items into three groups: Keep, Donate, Trash
- Hold a garage sale or utilize online groups to sell/trade goods such as OfferUp and others.
- Order a dumpster for junk removal if necessary.
- Reserve storage space if necessary. Your moving company may already offer this as as service in your selected package. Inquire to be sure before securing another storage facility.
- Order boxes, packing tape, bubble-wrap, and other supplies you may need. Ordering these ahead of time will help make the packing process go more smoothly with less stress.
- Fill out USPS change of address paperwork. You can find out more information on how to take care of this by visiting the USPS website.
1 Month Before Your Move
- Notify all physicians of relocation; if moving out of the area, ask for referrals in new area. Make sure to get your detailed records from your current/previous physicians.
- Schedule disconnection of utilities in old home.
- Begin packing non-essential items. These may include towels, extra dish-ware, etc.
- Label packed boxes by room (use multicolored tape) and contents. The more organized you can be before moving day, the easier your move will be. You can find multicolored tape at retail stores such as Staples and Office Depot.
- Separate valuable items to transport yourself. There will be some specific items that you want to make sure are transported by yourself or a loved one that will lend extra care and attention. This could include a family heirloom, valuable jewelry, etc.
- Notify services about upcoming change of address:
- Credit card companies
- Social Security Administration
- State Vehicle Registration
- State/Federal Tax Bureau
- Pharmacy/prescription deliver program
- Cancel magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Be sure to cancel or alert these subscriptions of a change of address.
- Print new checks with new address. Alert your bank about the change of address and go ahead and order new checks with the new address on them.
1 – 2 Weeks Before Your Move
- Confirm movers (date, time, pricing, number of personnel on hand, etc.) It is never a bad idea to double check on all of your moving reservations. More than likely everything is scheduled as it should be. However, the off chance that a reservation wasn't confirmed could make for a very stressful and messy move.
- Continue packing. You may have several items packed away at this point. Now that you are closing in on 1-2 weeks from moving day, it's time to start packing items that you can do without for 2 weeks such as books, wall decor, etc.
- Pack suitcases with clothes and personal items. It's always good to have an extra set of clothes and a day's worth of personal necessities on moving day in case your moving truck gets delayed for inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
- Make sure all prescriptions are filled. Make sure that your blood pressure, heart medications, and all other prescriptions are filled before you move and ensure that your new pharmacy will have your prescription on file to refill in the future.
- Take pictures of furniture and note any damages on an inventory sheet. There may be previous/existing damage that you need to make note of on your furniture or appliances before the move takes place so that you can monitor the status of your belongings during and post move.
- Dispose of hazardous waste – paint, propane, gasoline, etc. Now is a good time to get rid of any hazardous materials or waste that you have on hand. You may have gasoline in the garage from last week's lawn duties, but it's not a good idea to try and transport items such as this long distance or during a big move in general.
2 – 4 Days Before Your Move
- Begin packing necessities. Now is the time to pack all of your bathroom essentials, makeup, hair gel, razors, pantry items, etc.
- Create a schedule for moving day. Remember, organization is key to a smooth move. Have helpers coming along with a moving company? Give everyone specific duties to avoid distractions and confusion on moving day.
- Have a screwdriver, wrench, pliers, tape, etc. handy. More than likely you will find yourself in need of one of these tools on or right before moving day to disassemble a piece of furniture or even am appliance.
- Remove bedding and take beds apart. Your moving company may already offer this service, but if they don't, try and tackle this early in the day so that the movers can load the larger pieces of furniture first.
- Take movers through the house and inform them of what to do. You may have already taken care of this with your point of contact from the moving company, but it's still a good idea to walk your day-of movers through your home and discuss the individual care needed for your belongings.
- Check each room for things left behind. Always do a final sweep through each room to make sure that nothing was left behind.
- Verify utilities work at new home. This should be taken care of, but it's always good to make sure that the lights will be on in your new home when you arrive.
- Assemble bedding and important personal spaces first (i.e. bedroom, bathroom). Once you arrive at your new home, make sure to assemble or arrange the things/areas of your new home that you will need access to immediately such as your bed and your bathroom. (Don't forget the toilet paper!)
Other Important Tips
For the first few weeks after the move, keep an eye on yourself (or your elderly loved one). Alert the staff about any difficulty adjusting, as this could be Relocation Stress Syndrome.
If your elderly loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, the moving process could be particularly challenging. The goal should be to make the new apartment as close to their previous home as possible to reduce stress and confusion. Taking pictures is an easy way to help you recreate living spaces from the old home. When unpacking, prioritize the bedroom – make sure this is fully set up as soon as possible
Moving is a long, arduous process. If you don’t have the time or the desire to deal with all of the details, hire a professional with experience in the Seniors Moving Market. Boundless Moving & Storage has a Dedicated Senior Moving Manager to help guide you and your loved ones through the moving process, assisting in every task necessary.
Boundless Moving & Storage Will Help You:
- Develop and carry out an overall moving plan.
- Organize, sort, and downsize your current/old place of residence.
- Design and organize floor plans for the new place.
- Provide professional packing services.
- Move and unpack your items in your new home.
- Carefully ship furniture and other family treasures to your children, grandchildren, or other destinations in the U.S.
- Arrange for storage if necessary.
- Oversee the disposal of unwanted items safely.
- Provide any related service, including: cleaning, waste removal, shopping, senior escort, assisting with selection of realtor, and helping prepare the home to be sold.