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Relocation for Seniors – What to know!

There are many reasons why elderly people consider moving to another area. Some of those reasons may be retirement, changes in lifestyle or health or just a better climate. Moreover, some seniors want to move closer to their family members because they need help. Another reason may be moving to a smaller home which is more convenient and easier to maintain. Whatever the reason may be, this is a hard decision to make. So, if you are a senior who is making another important life decision, keep on reading. And even though there are many things to remember when moving, relocation for seniors does not have to be a struggle.

Family Meeting is a Must

First things first, organize a family meeting. Invite all of your closest friends and family members, order some pizza, or if the weather is nice, have a barbecue. After the meal is taken care of and everybody is there, start talking. Explain the reasons for the move. Tell them that you will need their help. Help is necessary, especially when it comes to heavy lifting and packing, so make sure to get everybody involved. Also, do not wait for the last minute to seek their support. This family meeting can also be a kind of “goodbye party” so be prepared for the emotional side of this relocation. It is normal to feel a bit sad and overwhelmed when making this type of transition, but do not worry. After you move to a place which is more convenient for you, you will change your mind. Relocation for seniors is a common thing, just remember to start early.

Two elderly people walking down the street
Although, relocation for seniors may seem scary, do not be afraid to take this step.

Choose Your New Home

It is important to start this process early. Do detailed research. See what you are looking for when it comes to your new place of living. Decide whether you want to live in a house or in an apartment. Our advice – search for a smaller place to live – it is easier to maintain. Look for amenities that you will use. For example, if your choice is to live in an apartment complex or condo association, you will have access to some great amenities.
Swimming pools, gyms, restaurants and entertainment spaces are just a few of the potential perks. Also, do not forget to check if your new place has an outdoor space. It will come in handy! You will also want to find a flat neighborhood which has easy access to walking trails, banks, grocery stores, etc. Whatever you decide, try to think about the next phase of your life and how you need to choose the best place for yourself that will support your changes.

Downsize!

Now that you know how big your new home is going to be, It is time for decluttering and downsizing. You do not need all of your things, just bring what is necessary and things that have a sentimental value to you. So, go through each room and see if some of your old pieces of furniture could fit into your new home. See what the weather conditions are going to be like in your new place, and pack clothes only for that climate. Moreover, try to downsize, focus only on the possessions that are important to you not just what you like or are used to having around. After everything is done and ready for packing, decide about the rest. You can organize a yard sale, and sell everything. Or, you can give the stuff to your family members, friends, charities or to an auction.

A photo album - a must item during your relocation for seniors.
Do not forget to bring your treasured items. Photo albums, favorite pictures, books, or even t-shirts do not take a lot of space, but can make the relocation for seniors much easier.

Stay in touch

As previously mentioned, you should organize a “goodbye party” before you move to your new home. Tell everyone about your change of address. Besides telling this to your friends and family, remember to notify the bank, post office, network service and all other utilities you may have. Write down all important phone numbers of your closest relatives. You can also add them on social media like Facebook or Skype, to make this transition easier.

Family members talking to each other over Skype
Do not forget to keep the most important people on speed dial.

Relocation for Seniors is easier with Professionals!

Since you are an elderly person you should not be bothered with packing and lifting and finding moving trucks. This can all be avoided if you hire a moving company. It may seem more expensive in the beginning but it will be a good investment in the long run. You will not have to worry about the packing materials like cardboard boxes or bubble wrap. Moreover, you will not have to bother your entire family to pack your belongings and place them in trucks. This is a long process, and it can all be avoided. If possible, when looking for moving assistance in your area, hire a company with the highest ratings. This will ensure a safe and fast relocation.

A truck for relocation for seniors.
Most moving companies will provide you their own packing materials and moving trucks. So, your only job will be to sit back and enjoy.

Best Places to Retire Internationally

If your choice is to make the rest of your life as extraordinary as possible, then moving somewhere far far away is a great idea! Here are some of the best places that make relocation for seniors worthwhile:

  • Brazil – If you are a sea lover, then this is a place for you. Beachfront properties are still affordable. With a rich culture and changing landscapes, Brazil will be a place where you will fully enjoy your retirement.
  • Costa Rica – It is a place which has one of the highest life expectancies in the world and with excellent health care system. It will provide you with great beachside communities.
  • France – If your dream is to retire even further, why not Europe. France has a great health care system, but foreign retirees need to purchase private insurance. It has a rich culture and cities with moderate climates.

Moving to Arizona 101

Have you decided to spice up your life a little and live somewhere else? Since you’re reading this, moving to Arizona is already on your list. You’re probably wondering what would it be like to live here.

Sit back, grab a cold drink (just to get used to them), and read all about what’s it like to live in this wonderful state.

The basics

The Valley of the Sun, as it’s called, lies comfortably in the southwest of the USA. Some people call it The Valentine State, due to its statehood day – 14 February. Talk about romance!

Moving to Arizona means you’ll have to get used to a lot of new things, most of them specific to the area. We’re talking bugs here, scorpions, scorching heat, dust. On the other hand, Arizona has so, so much to offer. The Grand Canyon State, anyone? Consider this your guide to living here.

How to – moving to Arizona

You might be coming from far away, in which case organizing everything to the smallest detail will definitely require a lot of work, and some professional help. But if you’re moving to Arizona from somewhere relatively nearby, don’t think you won’t need help anyway. It’s always best to check out your options and find moving assistance for your local relocation.

This way you won’t have to worry you’ve forgotten something important, or that you missed something, realizing it when it’s too late.

Packing before the move – a nightmare?

Moving to Arizona - pack or leave?
Organization is everything when it comes to home relocation

The mere thought of boxes upon boxes is enough to invoke terror. Look, it doesn’t have to be that way! As always, organizing is everything. Do yourself a favor and accept the fact that you won’t be needing all the stuff you’d been hoarding in your old home for years. Try a tried-and-true system: toss, donate, sell, pack. You can even have some fun and make a yard sale (provided you have a yard). Check out our simple guide to moving out for extra help.

Your move to Arizona – but where?

First of all, it’s a big ol‘ state. By now you probably have an idea where to settle down. In case you still need some info, here are some useful facts:

  • City living is what folks opt for. Phoenix, Tucson, Glendale, Scottsdale, pick yours.
  • If you choose Phoenix, there are many of the best neighborhoods for families
  • to choose from.
  • If you’re a smaller town person, there’s plenty to choose from. And the scenery is so worth it!

Once you’ve made your pick, it’s time to find a place. Regardless of the size of your family, and the type of life you lead, don’t worry about whether you’ll manage to find what you’re looking for. Realty prices are just above the average in the country, and this means that, with some smart saving, you’ll do just fine.

You can expect the prices to vary between cities and towns, and the towns are obviously cheaper. Bear in mind that the location matters: the jobs, schools and universities, family activities, even weather is all to be taken into account.

The job market in Arizona

Chances are, you’re moving to Arizona because of a job relocation, or a new job opportunity. In that case, congrats!

If it’s the other way around, and you need a job after you start living here good news. Arizona is known for its progressive stance on the job market. In fact, since the beginning of this century (so, for two decades now), many world’s large companies have decided to move their HQ here. Also, it’s a great place for startup businesses, whether founding one’s own or jumping on the bandwagon and offering your skills to one. It’s important to know how to find a job prior to moving.

Let’s talk about nature

Even if you’ve never seen the Grand Canyon, you’ve definitely heard of it. It’s a famous landmark of nature all Arizonans are proud of.

Sunset in Arizona, one of many perks of living here
Classic Arizona landscape

You must be thinking that moving to Arizona is all about the desert. You’re wrong! All over the state, you can encounter various wonderful nature spots, with greenery and animal life. Many people even take up gardening! The trick is to learn about the land and the type of plants that grow there.

As far as animals are concerned, however beautiful they all may be, Arizona is a home to some potentially dangerous. Venomous centipedes, scorpions that would like to be your roommates, bees, ants, rattlesnakes, the list goes on. If you move to Arizona, being careful not to stumble upon them is a must.

The weather and how to cope with it

The Valley of the Sun really lives up to its name. On the average, the state has around 300 sunny days a year. This means, no worrying about that forgotten umbrella and definitely no snow days out of school. It does rain and snow occasionally, but it’s very rare.

If you’re moving to Arizona from a different climate, it’ll take you some time to get used to this. Some tips are:

  • Carry a lot of water at all times. Dehydration is a real problem!
  • You might be needing oven mitts to drive.
  • Never, ever leave anyone in the car even for a short time. Especially pets and children!
  • Expect your air conditioning to be working seven days a week.
  • Make sure you have a freezer full of ice packs once you move to Arizona.
  • If possible, find a house with a pool in the back yard. You’ll thank us later.

Food

Eager to learn all about the food? You’re in the right place! Arizona showcases a variety of cuisines, with many people saying that it’s the second best place to eat Mexican food.

Mexican food
Arizona is famous for the variety of cuisines

Let the adventures begin!

When you’ve moved and settled, it’s time to start exploring and experiencing all that life in Arizona has to offer. Due to its geographical position, it’s fairly easy for the people to go on a road trip to California, Mexico, or Las Vegas. So make that road trip playlist as soon as possible!

Guide to moving to Phoenix

Ah, Phoenix! A city of beautiful desert landscapes, citrus groves and sunny days all-year round is certainly a great place to move to. It is also by no means small. Being the largest city in Arizona and fifth in size in the US, makes Phoenix into a pallet of various different communities and areas that only add to its diversity. However, said diversity also means an abundance of choice when it comes to moving to or within Phoenix.  Therefore, choosing the right neighborhood to fit your specific needs might seem like a daunting task, but worry not, because we’ve put together a Guide to moving to Phoenix to help you with just that. Continue reading “Guide to moving to Phoenix”