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

Many of us anticipate happiness in being retired. After an era of toil, we can finally kick back, rest, and enjoy the rewards of our labors. Some find that when they get to senior citizen status that they also need to move. Perhaps it's because they don’t need the space in their Austin abode with their children grown-up and moved away, maybe it is because they are now living on a fixed income, or maybe they want to finally plant roots in that sultry climate they have always dreamed about. Regardless the reason for moving after you reach retiree status, it's imperative to give the task some careful consideration.

Tip #1: Ponder Moving When the Weather Turns Colder

An advantage of being retired is that you are no longer obligated by the same schedules as people who must work. You want to go to the supermarket in the middle of a Tuesday? Go for it, you are the master of your schedule. Want to hit a movie matinee when everyone else is working? Enjoy the feature! And should you choose to move, then you can do so in the off-season, when cost and demand are at their lowest.

Spring and summe are the busiest times for moving for a lot of reasons (warm weather, the kids are done with school, etc.), and hence it's also the most expensive season to move. A few months one way or the other can save you a lot of money.

Tip #2: If You Don't Have to Have It, Don't Pack It

The more time you live in a house, the more belongings you pick up. Everything, from sweaters you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely recall, fills in the crevices in your home. So, before you move, clean house. A good rule of thumb is to ask whether you've used the item in the last several years. If you haven't, you likely don't need it. So, sell it, gift it, give it away to loved ones or strangers, but if you don't need to keep it, don't move it.

Tip #3: Have a Plan

Moving isn't something you should do last minute, especially not when you're retireed. You should sit down, do some investigating, and ensure you have everything organized. You need to know your ultimate desired destination, how you're going to get there, if you need to hire a professional Austin mover, your timeline, and most importantly, you need to have the costs figured out down to the nickel. And, just to be on the safe side, you should have several alternative strategies in place, just in case something falls through, or doesn't work the way you want or need it to.

Tip #4: Preparation

Planning is when you write out your agenda; preparation is when you start the groundwork. When you prepare for a move, you're paring down your possessions, setting aside money for the moving expenses, deciding when to start working with a realtor, etc. Preparation is the second part of the three-act play that is a move.

Tip #5: Slow Down

Moving shouldn’t be done in a rush. Decisions need to be weighed carefully, and you should have all the facts on-hand before drawing conclusions. Beyond that, you should set aside time to prepare and to take care of any loose ends that need to be tied up before you finish packing and head off toward your destination. You don’t have to rush, so go at a gait you're comfortable with.

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