Many people feel like they're ready for more than just a change of routine when they retire. They also want a change of scenery. For these mobile retirees, a new city may be a part of their new lifestyle.
The exact destinations vary with the person. Some may want to hit the big city, where entertainment is plentiful and everything is close by. Some may choose a more remote destination, maybe a streamside destination in the west.
Wherever they decide to go, there's a lot to figure out. The logistics of a move, even if just a few hundred miles, are significant. It can quickly turn into a very trying experience that proves very costly.
Moving takes a good strategy that involves some careful planning before you box up the first item.
Know How You'll Transport
How you move is almost as important as where you move. When retirement comes, many of us are focused on reducing expenses, especially if we've bought one home while still trying to sell another. We're looking for any possible option to lower our costs, but it can be very easy to lower them too much.
Going with a cut-rate moving company is one of those choices some of us make. Opting for a service other than an A-lister like Allied Movers can leave you paying less up front but with broken items or poor handling during loading and unloading. When it comes to movers, you definitely get what you pay for.
Make Items Measure Up
When we make a local move, it's fairly easy to make a quick trip to check on things at the new place. This might include checking out traffic issues, examining equipment like water heaters, or just making sure that your existing furniture will fit in the new place.
When it's a long-distance move, we often assume things will work out. On the traffic, we'll wing it. On the appliances, the realtor can check. But there's no way to make sure all your belongings will fit without pulling out a tape measure and checking it out. During one of your final visits before closing, get the dimensions of every single room. Before you pay to put it in a truck and haul it across the country, make sure it will fit.
Unload Before You Load
A moving sale is a pretty common event, and with good reason. It's financially absurd to think of paying to load, haul, and unload something that you don't see yourself ever using, and that you might even put in a yard sale at the new house.
When you start to empty the house for a move, be realistic. If you haven't used something in years and it has no sentimental value, get rid of it. If it's broken and just needs "that one part", get rid of it. Plow the revenues from your sale into the cost of moving and you'll save money in both directions.
Lots of people move each year. Relocating is a big undertaking that can really exemplify the date when your retirement truly kicked in. It is easy to get excited about the features at the new house and the things in your new neighborhood, but don't forget about the process of getting there in the most affordable and logical way possible. A well-planned move will save money, protect belongings, and get you off to a pleasant start at your new address, ready to enjoy your well-earned retirement.