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October 01, 2017

Top 5 Tips for Moving in Austin When You're a Retiree

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Top 5 Tips for Moving in Austin When You're a Retiree

We look forward to retirement. After an era of labor, we finally get to kick back, rest, and enjoy the rewards of our labors. Many people, however realize that when they get to senior citizen age that they now need to move. Perhaps it is because they do not need the space in their Austin house with their children grown-up and moved away, maybe it is because they're now living on a limited income, or maybe they just want to finally pack up to that tropical climate they have always dreamed about. Whatever your reason for moving once you reach retiree status, it's imperative to give the task some careful consideration.

Tip #1: Think About Moving in the Fall or Winter

One benefit of being a senior citizen is that you’re no longer bound to the same schedule restrictions as people who need to work. You need to go to the grocery on a Wednesday morning? You can because, you are in control of your schedule. Want to watch a movie matinee while everyone else is at work? Enjoy the motion picture! And should you have to move, then you have the opportunity to do so off-season, when cost and demand are at their lowest.

Warmer months are the most busy for moving for many reasons (warm weather, children are out of school, etc.), and thus it's also the most expensive season to move. The months before or months after this peak can save you money.

Tip #2: If You Don't Need It, Don't Take It

The more time you live in your home, the more stuff you pick up. Everything, from clothes you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely recollect, fills in the cracks in your home. So, before you begin packing, clean house. Ask yourself if you've used something in the last half of a decade. If you haven't, you likely don't need it. So, throw it away, donate it, give it away to loved ones or strangers, but if you don't need it, don't move it.

Tip #3: Make a Plan

Moving isn't something you should do last minute, especially as retireed. You should take your time, do your research, and ensure you have everything shipshape. You need to know your ultimate desired destination, how you’ll get there, if you should hire a professional Austin mover, when you're going to go, and last but not least, you need to have your budget figured out to the penney. And, just to be on the safe side, you should have a different game plan in place, just in case something fluctuates, or doesn't work the way you want or need it to.

Tip #4: Be Prepared

Planning is when you write out your agenda; preparation is when you start getting ready. When you start preparing for a move, you're paring down your belongings, saving cash for the moving expenses, deciding when to list your house, etc. Preparation is a vital step in a successful move.

Tip #5: Slow Down

Moving is not something be done in a rush. Decisions need to be weighed carefully, and you should have all the facts on-hand before deciding on anything. Beyond that, you should make sure you have plenty of time to prepare and to take care of any loose ends that need to be tied up before you say goodbye and head off to your new home. You don’t have to rush, so go at a pace you're comfortable with.

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