5 Tips for Moving in Houston When You're a Retiree

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5 Tips for Moving in Houston When You're a Retiree

Most of us look forward to retirement. After many years of hard work, we are able to kick our feet up, unwind, and enjoy the rewards of our labors. Some realize that when they attain senior citizen status that they also need to move. It could be that it's because they do not need the room in their Houston house with their children grown and moved elsewhere, perhaps it is because they're now living on a limited income, or maybe they just want to finally plant roots in that tropical climate that they always dreamt about. Whatever your reason for moving once you reach retiree status, it's imperative to give the task some deliberate examination.

Tip #1: Consider Moving When the Weather Turns Colder

One of the biggest advantages of being a senior citizen is that you are no longer constrained to the same schedule limitations as people who need to work. You want to go to the supermarket on a Thursday afternoon? Go for it, you are in charge of your schedule. Want to watch a movie matinee while everyone else has to work? Enjoy the show! And if you want to move, then you could do so in the off-season, when demand and prices are both at their lowest.

Summer is the busiest time for moving for several good reasons (warm weather, children are out of school, etc.), and thus is is also the most expensive time to move. A few months one way or the other can save you lots of money.

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

The more years you live in somewhere, the more clutter you pick up. Everything, from clothes you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely recall, fills in the cracks in your home. So, before your move, start paring down. A good guideline is to ask yourself if you've used something in the last several years. If you haven't, you likely don't need it. So, sell it, gift it, give it away to whoever will take it off your hands, but if you don't have to have it, don't take it.

Tip #3: Make a Plan

Moving is something that requires planning, not on the fly, especially if you are a retiree. You have to take your time, do your research, and ensure you have everything shipshape. You need to know your destination, how you are planning on getting there, if you will hire a professional Houston mover, your timeline, and last but not least, you need to have the expenses figured out down to the nickel. And, just to be prudent, you should have a Plan B in place, just in case something changes, or doesn't work the way you want or need it to.

Tip #4: Be Prepared

Planning is when you get your goals down on paper; preparation is when you start getting ready. When you prepare for a move, you’re whittleing down your possessions, retaining funds for the moving costs, deciding when to list your house, etc. Preparation is the second part of the three-act play that is a move.

Tip #5: Don’t Rush

Moving should not be done hurriedly. Decisions need to be thought about, and you should have all the facts on-hand before making major decisions. Beyond that, you should give yourself time to prepare and to take care of any loose ends that remain 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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