Are you gearing up for a big move this summer?
June 8, 2012
Spring is typically the season when homeowners put their houses on the market and buyers scoop up the homes of their dreams. If this sounds like something you did over the past few months, you might be gearing up for a move in the near future. Aside from ensuring that you stay healthy by managing stress levels and observing careful moving practices, here are some tips to help you get settled into your new location.
Research moving companies
Unless you have friends or family members who have big vehicles and strong muscles to take care of the heavy lifting, you'll likely need a moving service to get your belongings from one place to the other. Do your research online to find reliable companies with manageable prices that you wouldn't mind working with.
Let your friends and family know
While filling out a change of address form at the Post Office can ensure that your mail gets sent to the right place, it's a good idea to tell your contacts about your new address personally. Not only will you be able to receive letters and packages from time to time, but they'll know where you can be found if you ever need assistance or company.
Transfer your medical alert system
If you're staying in the United States, your Bay Alarm medical alert device can easily be set up in your new location, so you'll have the same peace of mind in your home. All it takes is a landline, and you'll be connected to an emergency response team at the push of a button in the event of a fall or injury.
Go through your belongings
You might not want to take everything with you during your move – especially items that you haven't used in years or simply don't want anymore. Go through closets, the basement and the garage to weed out items you need to get rid of, then send them to the curb, a donation center or someone you know who could use them.
Get familiar with your new setting
Whether you make the drive to the area or simply pull up the town's website online, it never hurts to check out what's going on in the place you'll be living. From the nearest pharmacy to the cheapest grocery store to a senior recreation center, there are plenty of places worth checking out.