5 Tips for Moving in Atlanta When You're a Retiree
Many of us anticipate happiness in our golden years. After a lifetime of hard work, we finally get to kick back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Many people, however discover that when they get to senior citizen age that they now need to move. Maybe it is because they no longer need the space in their Atlanta house with their children now adults and moved out, perhaps it is because they find themselves living on a fixed income, or maybe it's because they want to finally plant roots in that tropical climate they've always dreamed about. Whatever the reason for moving once you attain retiree status, it's important to give the task some deep thought.
Tip #1: Think About Moving When the Weather Turns Colder
One of the great benefits of being a senior citizen is that you’re no longer constrained to keep the same schedule restrictions as people who must work. You need to go to the supermarket on a Wednesday morning? Go for it, you are in control of your schedule. Want to watch a movie matinee while everyone else is at work? Enjoy the motion picture! And should you choose to move, then you have the opportunity to do so in the off-season, when cost and demand are at their lowest.
Summer is the busiest time for moving for several good reasons (mild weather, the kids are out of school, etc.), and thus is is also the most expensive time to move. Changing your move date by a few months one way or the other can save you money.
Tip #2: If You Don't Have to Have It, Don't Move It
The more years you live in your house, the more belongings you collect. Everything, from sweaters you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely recollect, fills in the cracks in your home. So, before you move, start paring down. A good guideline is to ask yourself if you've used the thing in the last five years. If you haven't, you surely don't need it. So, throw it away, gift it, give it away to loved ones or strangers, but if you don't have to have it, don't take it.
Tip #3: Make a Plan
Moving should not be done last minute, especially as retireed. You need to take your time, do your research, and make sure you have everything in order. You need to know your ultimate desired destination, how you’ll get there, if you should hire a professional Atlanta mover, when you're going to go, and last but not least, you need to have the expenses figured out to the penney. And, just to be on the safe side, you should have a different game plan in place, just in case something falls through, or doesn't pan out the way you want or need it to.
Tip #4: Be Prepared
Planning is when you write down your goals; preparation is when you start the groundwork. When you prepare for a move, you’re whittleing down your household items, retaining funds for the moving costs, deciding when to put your house up for sale, etc. Preparation is the second part of the three-act play that is a move.
Tip #5: Take Your Time
Moving shouldn’t be done hurriedly. Decisions need to be weighed carefully, and you should have all the facts on-hand before making major decisions. Beyond that, you should make sure you have plenty of time to prepare and address any loose ends that need to be resolved before you pull stakes and head off to your new home. There isn’t any reason to rush, so go at a clip you're comfortable with.
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