Top 5 Tips for Moving in Atlanta When You're a Retiree10/01/2017 Top 5 Tips for Moving in Atlanta When You're a Retiree Most of us hope for happiness in retirement. After an era of labor, we finally get to kick back, rest, and enjoy the bounty of our labors. Some realize that when they attain senior citizen age that they now need to move. It could be that it is because they no longer need the space in their Atlanta house with their children grown-up and moved elsewhere, perhaps it is because they find themselves living on a fixed income, or maybe it's because they want to finally move to that warmer climate they have always dreamt about. Regardless your reason for moving once you reach retiree status, it's important to give the task some deliberate examination. Tip #1: Ponder Moving in the Fall or Winter A big advantage of being a retiree is you’re no longer obligated to the same schedules as people who must work. You want to go to the store on a Thursday afternoon? Go ahead, you are in charge of your schedule. Want to catch a movie matinee when everyone else has to work? Enjoy the feature! And if you have to move, then you can do so off-season, when demand and prices are both at their lowest. Warmer months are the most busy for moving for many reasons (good weather, children are done with school, etc.), and hence is is also the most expensive time to move. A few months one way or the other can save you money. Tip #2: If You Don't Have to Have It, Don't Pack It The more time you live in a home, the more stuff you pick up. Everything, from clothes you haven't worn in a long time, to papers from a job you barely recall, fills in the crevices in your home. So, before you begin packing, start paring down. Ask yourself if you have used something in the last five years. If not, you surely 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 need it, don't take it. Tip #3: Create a Plan Moving should not be done on the fly, especially not when you're a retiree. You should pause, do your research, and make sure you have everything in order. You need to know where you're moving to, how you're going to get there, if you need to hire a professional Atlanta mover, when you're going to go, and most importantly, you need to have the costs figured out to the penney. And, just to be extra cautious, you should have a Plan B in place, just in case something fluctuates, 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 warming up. When you're preparing for a move, you're paring down your possessions, setting aside cash for the moving expenses, deciding when to list your house, 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 thought about, and you should have all the information on-hand before deciding on anything. Not only that, but you should set aside time to prepare and resolve any loose ends that need to be resolved before you pull stakes and head off toward your destination. You don’t have to rush, so go at a pace you're comfortable with. Ready to get started? A-1 Freeman Moving Group in Atlanta is standing by to help you at every step in the moving process. Click below to get started.