Removal Tips For Senior Adults

Posted on: 24 March 2020

Are you a senior adult that wants to relocate? Perhaps you want to move into a retirement village, a countryside home or a smaller house in the suburbs. Read the excerpt below to learn how you can plan stress-free removals. 


Over the years, you have accumulated a lot of furniture, kitchen equipment, clothes and garage accessories. Your home may also have items belonging to your adult children. While you may be sentimentally attached to some of these items, others may have outlived their usefulness. As such, declutter the house to get rid of unnecessary items. You could hold a garage sale, donate them to friends or dispose of them at a landfill. If you intend to move into a smaller house, consider the need for a storage facility.

You may have items belonging to friends or neighbours in your current residence. Return these items before you commence packing your possessions. Additionally, you may need to communicate with your property manager regarding the intended move. 

Work With a Removalist

Below is a short guide to help you find a removalist:

The removalist should be licensed and affiliated with a professional association. Professional associations handle disputes between removal companies and their clients.

Work with a removalist who understands your needs. For instance, you need the removalist to offer packing boxes, dismantle furniture, clean and arrange items in your new home.

The removalist should have a removals insurance cover. It guarantees compensation in case items are damaged during packing, transport or unpacking.

Compare quotes from a few companies. Senior adults qualify for special discounts. Some companies add extra discounts if you were a former nurse, military officer or teacher.

Check the removalist's terms and conditions. For instance, you may have to pay more if you live in a multi-storey building or if you keep the removalist waiting on the removals day. 

Transportation of Valuable Items  

Most removalists will not transport pets, ammunition, sensitive documents and valuable items such as jewellery and paintings. You could ask a security company to transport your valuables to your new residence. Alternatively, you could carry them in your safe. Pets such as cats, dogs and parrots could be transported in a portable cage in the back of your car.  

Remember to pack a box of essential items such as your medication, toiletries, reading glasses, drinking water and books that you may need before arranging items in your new home.

With the above guide, senior adults should have an easy time relocating. Declutter the house, create an inventory, work with an experienced removalist and plan the transportation of pets and valuable items.