Top 5 Tips for Moving in El Paso When You're a Retiree
Many of us hope for happiness in being retired. After an era of toil, we can finally kick our feet up, rest, and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Some find that when they attain senior citizen status that they also need to move. Maybe it's because they no longer need the room in their El Paso home with their children now adults and moved away, perhaps it is because they're now living on a limited income, or maybe they just want to finally pack up to that sultry climate they have always dreamt about. Regardless your reason for moving when you reach retiree status, it's important to give the task some careful consideration.
Tip #1: Consider Moving in the Fall or Winter
One benefit of being a senior citizen is that you’re no longer constrained by the same schedule limitations as people who must work. You want to go to the store in the middle of a Tuesday? Go for it, you are in control of your schedule. Want to take in a movie matinee when everyone else is at work? Enjoy the show! And should you choose to move, then you have the opportunity to do so off-season, when demand and costs are both at their lowest.
Summer is the busiest time for moving for a lot of reasons (warm weather, children are out of school, etc.), and hence is is also the most expensive time to move. Changing your move date by a few months one way or the other can save you a lot of money.
Tip #2: If You Don't Need It, Don't Take It
The longer you live in your house, the more clutter you accumulate. Everything, from sweaters you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely recall, fills in the nooks and crannies in your home. So, before you move, have a culling. A good rule of thumb is to ask whether you've used the thing in the last several years. If not, you probably don't need it. So, sell it, gift it, give it away to friends or family, but if you don't need to keep it, don't take it.
Tip #3: Have a Plan
Moving is something that requires planning, not on the spur of the moment, especially as a retiree. You should take your time, do your analysis, and ensure you have everything shipshape. You need to know your ultimate desired destination, how you’ll get there, if you will hire a professional El Paso mover, when you're going to go, and last but not least, you need to have the costs figured out to the last dollar. And, just to be on the safe side, you should have several alternative strategies in place, just in case something fluctuates, or doesn't work out the way you want or need it to.
Tip #4: Preparation
Planning is when you get your goals down on paper; preparation is when you start the groundwork. When you start preparing for a move, you whittle down your possessions, setting aside funds for the moving costs, deciding when to put your house up for sale, etc. Preparation is key.
Tip #5: Slow Down
Moving isn't something that should be done hastily. Decisions need to be weighed carefully, and you should have all the facts on-hand before drawing conclusions. Additionally you should set aside time to prepare and address any loose ends that need to be tied up before you finish packing and head off toward your destination. There's no need to rush, so go at a pace you're comfortable with.
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