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Already existing population of retirees that provide a foundation for resources. Florida has the highest percentage of its residents over 65 at 19%, and Arizona’s percentage of residents over 65 is 16%. North Carolina and South Carolina have expanding retirement communities along the coastline. As they cater to their aging residents, these regions develop an environment made for retirees in addition to social networks for new comers to join. Think golf carts and senior centers.
Warmer weather. It’s rare to find someone who likes to shovel snow or step out onto thick ice. But for senior citizens, cold weather presents major risks, like exacerbation of certain physical conditions or a higher risk of falls. Besides, if you have had winter storms your whole life, moving to milder weather is seen as a benefit of retirement.
Lower housing costs and taxes versus the U.S. average. A fixed income must be stretched in all directions, so many retirees seek out lower cost states, such as states like Texas with not income tax.
High quality health care. Seniors represent the largest slice of healthcare consumers, many of whom have chronic conditions that need careful management. Whether it’s because retirees move to states with better access to healthcare, or the healthcare industry expands to meet the growing needs, all five of the state boast higher than average employment in the healthcare industry.
Another surprise is that many of these top cities in these states for retirees are college towns such as San Marcos, TX and Clemson, SC. Other college towns with growing retirement communities are Tucson, AZ, Chapel Hill, NC, and Gainsville, Fl.
If moving to a retirement community seems likely in the near future, you will need to decide which features are most important to you. Affordability and excellent healthcare will probably top the list, although being closer to family will play a part. Take time to research thoroughly. When it’s time to move, contact your personal Global Van Lines Moving Concierge for the best assistance with the relocation. It’s no cost or obligation to you.
You might view decluttering as simply cleaning off counter space. That’s part of decluttering, but you need to think beyond that. Simply moving the clutter off the counter top and into a cabinet means the stuff is still there, ready to stream out and take over your house. If you have ever had to completely empty a drawer to find a personal item, it’s time to consider decluttering.
There are benefits to this discipline that go way beyond saving money and moving fewer household items. First, it’s easier to keep track of fewer items. If you spend considerable time hunting for an item, such as the can opener, but can’t find it because the drawer is filled to the brim with kitchen gadgets, getting rid of the excess will eliminate hassles and save time.
Many people find that decluttering reduces stress and leaves them more relaxed. They also find they feel better about what they own when then chuck the less valuable stuff and retain the truly important items and personal treasures. If you have ever felt weighed down or anxious by the clutter growing in your home, cutting down prior to the move will surely make your new home more inviting and relaxing.
Unfortunately, some couples fight over stuff. Typically, one person isn’t bothered by the build-up while the other is, although sometimes it’s about a particular item that one person loves and the other hates. If you and your partner fall into this category, take some time to discuss with each other why you feel this way. Frequently, the one who holds on to things derives some comfort from it, and tossing it creates stress. Getting to the bottom of why these emotions come up can help you develop a plan to deal with the stress. It can also help to resolve longstanding disagreements between you and your partner.
So as you are planning your move, start with a decluttering strategy. Take some time to truly think about what furnishings you have, which are useful and which are just taking up space. Keep those items that add value to your life and sell or donate the rest. It will make moving to your new home easier, less expensive, and can result in a better experience in your new place.
To help you avoid mistakes when moving overseas, Global Van Lines has assembled this brief list of top errors to avoid. Our next post will be which proactive steps you should take.
Not Enough Research
You may have already scouted out the top night clubs or best beaches in you new country, but take some time to research other important issues. For instance:
Can you bring alcohol and food items into the country with you?
Have you located a reliable moving company in your destination country?
Have you priced flights and other transportation?
What about your pet? Can you bring Rover and Fluffy? Will they need certain vaccinations and be quarantined?
Lack of Organization
This follows research closely. When you have determined when and how you will be moving, you should begin organizing your personal items for relocation. This will give you enough time to sort the items that will go with you, go to a donation center, or be sold in a garage sale.
Although you may have planned well in advance, you may be caught by surprise at how quickly moving day arrives. It is critical for you to take time management seriously throughout the relocation process. Get things done early, and leave only last minute tasks for the week prior to moving.
Once you have arrived at your destination, you may be surprised how long some things may take. If you don’t have a guaranteed shipment date, it may take longer for your household goods to arrive.
If you are using reliable professional movers, they will know how to pack your items, including fragile and odd sized personal belongings. Even so, you will need to plan. Your suitcases that will travel with you should have climate appropriate garb and at least one week of work clothes. You should pack enough toiletries for at least a week just in case anything is delayed.
People moving overseas frequently underestimate the difference in exchange rates and the cost of moving. Relocating abroad has so many variables, it becomes much more difficult to estimate expenses. As part of your budgeting, put aside a reserve amount to cover unexpected expenses.
Selecting the Wrong Moving Company
Ouch! If you make the mistake of hiring an inexperienced, or even fly-by-night, outfit. You may pay a big price in stress and finances. Definitely, spend time researching customer ratings and feedback, experience, and insurance carriers they use. Ask for a sample contract, and read every line prior to hiring them.
This may not be an issue for you here in the U.S., but once you get to your destination, you have both language and cultural barriers. Always maintain good lines of communication with your destination movers, be very polite, ask questions when you don’t know, and read up on the language and the norms.
You really must have your housing secured prior to moving. Unless you want to spend months in a hotel while your household goods are in storage, take time to research neighborhoods and house hunt online. You may even need to make arrangements with a real estate agent first to help you.
Better yet, contact Global Van Lines today. We offer you a personal Moving Concierge who has decades of experience in the relocation industry. We have a vast global network of service providers who have been vetted in advance, and your Moving Concierge will help you connect with budget conscious, professional movers no matter which country you move to. All this is at no cost or obligation to you.
It’s not only the weight or size of the items that can be challenging. You need to avoid mechanical failure due to physical shock. Of course dropping the electronic device may damage it, but a lot of shaking can cause breakage as well. Plus, you must factor in weather and environmental elements, such as snow, rain, ice, freezing temperatures, and humidity.
Tips to Get You Started
Any electronic equipment with ink or toner cartridges should have these items removed. You can store them in a sealable plastic bag that is labeled, although, you should pack them in the same box as the device it comes from. You may not remember where you stashed it for safekeeping once you arrive at your new home.
Remove all DVDs, CDs, Blu-Ray discs, and video games from the electronics before packing. These should be in their original casing for moving day.
Find the owner’s manual for your electronics and pack them with the appropriate devices. If you don’t have them, you can draw diagrams of the connections prior to unhooking the cords. You can also use color coding with stickers on corresponding connection ports for easier reconnection. Better yet, snap some photos on your smartphone to help you put your electronics back together.
Pack the remote controls with the appropriate electronic devices. You can put it in a sealed plastic bag and tape it to the device, or stuff it in the envelope with the owner’s manual.
Be sure to use popcorn or anti-static packing bubble wrap. Any moving materials that can conduct electricity could damage your electronics. If you have towels, linens, blankets, or other similar items, you can use these for your electronics. It is always a good idea to pack an extra-thick layer of padding on the box bottom for extra protection. Keep in mind that media such as CDs and software cannot handle hot temperatures. If you are moving in the summer heat, consider transporting those items in your car.
Packing the Boxes
If you have the original boxes and packing materials for your electronics, we recommend using it. Otherwise, select boxes that are just a little larger than the device you are packing. Ensure the bottom is taped very securely, then stuff the box with filling around the device to secure it. Double check to make sure nothing rattles inside. Mark the boxes as fragile, so the movers know to handle with care.
On the other hand, why not let Global Van Lines assist with fragile, hard-to-move electronics? We have decades of experience, a vast network of vetted professionals, and we provide you with a dedicated Moving Concierge free of charge. Give us a call to get started.
Perhaps you are more productive under pressure, and procrastination has worked just fine for you in life. But be honest with yourself, you must be productive under pressure because you procrastinated! Now is the perfect opportunity to try a new way. Plan ahead and start earlier. You may find you like this new method!
Make a Checklist
Yes, you have an excellent memory and can leave the grocery list at home and still pick up every item. Think about it though, the grocery store is full of triggers to jog your memory. Planning a move is different, and you have no triggers to help your memory at the necessary time. You will have many things to take care of, and if you don’t make a list and check it off as you complete the tasks, there is a good possibility of forgetting important things.
Stay on Budget for Supplies
This is where a checklist can help a lot. The classifieds are full of ads offering free moving boxes. You don’t want to be the person offering your oversupply for free. In fact, this is one option for saving some dollars. If you keep your checklist handy, you are less likely to purchase boxes, bubble wrap, tape, and other moving supplies that are unnecessary. You can also use blankets, towels, t-shirts, and other similar items to wrap your personal items.
Don’t Count On Your Friends
We all have the greatest friends in the world. Your friends will all pitch in and help. They will be punctual, no one will drink too much beer, get into an argument with another friends, or drop a box they knew was too heavy. Many friendships don’t survive moving day. Call Global Van Lines and schedule professional movers and save your relationships. Then invite your friends for a housewarming party instead.
Don’t Party the Night Before
Your taking the day off from work to move, but that is not a good reason to party hardy the night before. You will still need to wake up early, and moving day can be physically and mentally taxing. Get a good night’s sleep and be prepared.
More than anything else, keep your sense of humor. Expect some things to go wrong and laugh when you can. In addition, contact your personal, dedicated Global Van Lines Moving Concierge to handle the details, and you will have the smoothest move possible.
Those are definitely elements you don’t want to forget or take short cuts with. Still, you might have a funny mishap that is totally unpredictable. Take a moment to review these moving fails that produce not only awkward moments, but also hilarious scenes.
So many things can go wrong during a move. The best medicine for these painful situations is a good belly laugh. See if you know anyone who has experienced these moving mistakes.
Truck size counts!
You may have a pickup that you intend to use for your move. However, be sure it’s big enough to handle your household goods. Piling on chairs on top of couches on top of appliances may allow you to move in one trip, but you may also give fellow drivers on the road a reason for some cackling, snorting, howling laughter. Know the height of your moving truck before you start your haul and spring for extra insurance. Enjoy.
It ain’t heavy, it’s my sofa!
Measure, measure, measure! Before you and your friends try to haul your sofa up the three flights of stairs, make sure there is enough width and height in the stairwell. If you don’t, this may be perfect comedy gold. We’ve encountered this DIY mistake before, and it’s not easy getting a sofa that is stuck between the walls and ceiling loose and on its way to its new home.
Moving on overload
Similar to the first moving fail listed above, One of the most important moving mistakes to avoid is over-packing your vehicle. If you aren’t careful and you don’t keep track of your moving inventory, the situation could end up rather messy. Then again, you do get bragging rights for getting the move done in a single trip.
Awwww! That’s so adorable!
Friends like to help, and it can be cool to invite your friends to help you move. However, you might accidentally make one of the most embarrassing packing mistakes known to man: letting a friend pack your bookshelf. The shame, the ridicule, the discovery that you still own a copy of Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop. Pack your own books to save your pride and avoid prejudice.
It’s difficult enough to avoid costly errors when you are moving, and hopefully this humorous take on moving fails will help you learn from other’s hilarious mishaps.
Better yet, contact your dedicated, personal Global Van Lines Moving Concierge for complimentary, expert advice. It’s no charge to you and comes with no strings attached. Happy moving!
Global Van Lines has decades of experience moving our clients in situations like this. Many of us have had the chance to head off to the big city and begin an exciting new life. So, we have compiled a list of easy ways to deal with the anxieties and making the move.
Stress and anxiety happen, so roll with them and take a deep breath. We all recognize the feeling of a physical ache in our throat when the stress increases. Our bodies have physical reactions to stress and anxiety. If you can, acknowledge the feeling, then take three very slow, deep breaths. Deep breathing floods your system with oxygen, which helps calm you down.
Family is important, but take your time returning home. You need some time to really settle in and make your new abode into a home sweet home. If you head home every time you feel stress, you may prolong the settling in time. Stay put, and develop a routine that consists of full days and plenty of sleep.
Get fresh air every day. Even if your to-do list is light, spend some time walking in the neighborhood or local park. Go to a local coffee house by foot. The fresh air will give you time to reflect on your new life and acclimate to your new home.
Stretch yourself. If you’re not a natural party goer, accept the invite from the new neighbors and get to know at least one new person. This may be uncomfortable if you know almost no one, but putting yourself out there into the social scene will help you integrate with your new city.
Keep a bit extra busy at first. It may seem like a good idea to take time off for yourself, but actually having a slightly busier schedule to avoid the temptation to slouch in the couch and watch endless videos. You won’t make new friends by doing that. Visit local shops, bring a book, say hello to a stranger, smile, go grocery shopping, check the mail…simply stay busy.
Find a serene spot for some alone time where you won’t feel alone. Is there a spot that all the locals love to watch the sunset? Check it out. Or does your new community have summer concerts in the park? Go listen to some music and bring a picnic. You are doing something new, seeing new places, meeting new people. Soon the stress and anxiety will be long gone, and you will realize that you have settled in.
Talking with your senior parent about the need to move should take place with empathy and compassion. They may face a time of grieving and feel a sense of great loss and loss of control of their own lives. Give your loved one as much say and choice in the planning and decisions to help ease the transition.
Prior to diving into the move itself, you will want to get a good measurement of the space your aging parent will be moving to. Frequently, this is a time of downsizing and selecting certain pieces of furniture to move. Have an accurate floor plan with measurement. If you can, cut out pieces of construction paper to represent the furniture, especially if you can do it to scale.
This will be a tough assignment, so recruit family to assist. Encourage your siblings or other close family members to become involved. You can ask younger family members to participate as well. By surrounding your senior parents with people they know and love, you will give them additional support during the emotional distress of moving.
Sort and Organize
Expect to downsize. Go through the home room by room with your senior parents and your support team. Allow enough time for the emotional decisions to be made. You can organize by categorizing items: things to be moved, keepsakes to distribute to family, items to donate or sell, or items to discard. Allow extra time for the packing. You will undoubtedly spend time with your aging loved ones reminiscing over memories that a personal treasure brings to mind. If you can, slow down to honor their emotional attachment to their personal items.
Repair and Clean
After organizing and packing, you have additional work to complete. Whether the home will be sold, rented out, or passed on to an heir, you will need to clean the house and make repairs. Generally, it’s best to make all repairs at once rather than dealing with them during a sale or after renters move in.
Plan the Moving Day
You have several strategies from which to choose. A full service mover is the least amount of stress and smoothest way to go; however, it is the most expensive as well. They will pack, load, deliver, unload, and clean up after putting household items away. You can save money with a DIY rental truck and plenty of family and friends to do the work. Or you can plan a move that is a little of both: professional help with certain things such as moving the heavy items, but leaving the lighter, easier items for you to pack and load.
Each family has unique circumstances. When senior parents are moving out of a beloved family home into smaller, unfamiliar surroundings, you will want the option of tailoring a move to your specific needs. Contact your personal, dedicated Global Van Lines Moving Concierge to receive knowledgeable advice on planning and executing this move. We have a vast network of vetted service providers, and your Moving Concierge has years of experience in the moving industry. We are the only company to offer this free service with no obligation to you.
Break the news early. Younger children may need several weeks, but teenagers may need more time to prepare mentally for the upcoming changes. You can even mark the days off on a calendar.
Show your child where your new neighborhood and home. Photos are fine, and even Google Street View or Google Earth can give your child a sense of where they are headed.
Use visuals to describe the moving process. Emojis might be a fun way of talking about the move.
Make school a priority, and contact the new school prior to the move. Let them know about your child’s needs and give them a copy of the individualized education plan IEP in advance.
On Moving Day
Prepare for security and safety. Depending on your child’s needs, consider keeping stacks of boxes short and ensure that doors and windows are not left open for your child to wander out.
You may want to consider help. A grandparent , trusted neighbor, or other loved one may be able to watch your child during the move.
Try to involve your child with an easy task as rooms are emptied, and don’t have your child return to an empty house if they have not helped with the move.
Pack comfort items and favorite toys last, and you may even give your child a choice about what to keep unpacked until moving day.
Go slowly. Your child may need extra time to adjust to the new surroundings.
Check with your child’s doctor. If your child has issues with sleep or anxiety, your doctor may be able to suggest ways to help.
Get to know the neighbors. If appropriate, share information about your family that may be helpful.
Establish a new network of support and services. If you are moving to a new state, you may want to check with local chapters of organizations that advocate for your child’s specific needs.
If your child wants to stay in touch with old friends, encourage letter writing, video chats, and phone calls to help stay connected.
Hopefully, this list is helpful with ways to move with a special needs child. If you want additional information, contact your dedicated Global Van Lines Moving Concierge, who will be happy to assist you at no charge or obligation. We have been moving families just like yours for decades, and we have a vast network of moving professionals to make your move as smooth as possible.
What to Look for When Selecting a Self Storage Unit
Location: When considering your options for self storage, location is crucial. You want easy access to your unit with no hassles. If your unit is a long distance away, it will be much harder to use the space or check on your items. Not only do you want easy access for yourself, you want to ensure that a moving truck or trailer will have an easy time entering and exiting. You don’t want to navigate heavy city traffic just to discover that your moving truck is too large or bulky to pull up to your unit as closely as possible.
Space: A storage unit is all about space. Most facilities will offer a variety of sizes that typically start around 5’x5’, which will hold approximately enough for a room of furniture and other items. Some self storage companies offer RV, automotive, and boat storage as well. Pack your items and measure the boxes to make an estimate of the space you need. The company should be able to help you estimate your needs as well. You want just enough, not too little and not too much. You don’t want to pay for more than you need.
Access: The hours during which you can access your unit is very important. If your self storage company offers access only during weekday business hours and you work Monday through Friday, then obviously this is not a good fit for your particular needs. Look for a facility that offers 24/7 access, although onsite management or customer service may be available only during the days.
Security: Security is also crucial. Make sure the facility has cameras, alarms, and codes to enter and exit the storage yard. An unsecured storage yard will be out of business quickly, and you could lose your items. The property should be fenced and offer you a unique code or key card to access your unit. Verify the surveillance cameras actually work. Some unscrupulous companies will install dummy cameras rather than pay a security company to monitor the site.
Climate control: Not all storage units offer climate control. If you are storing valuables such as antiques, artwork, or other fragile items, you might want to consider climate controlled storage units. It may cost a little more, but it often is worth it.
Let Your Global Van Lines Moving Concierge Assist
This list will help ensure that you select the right storage unit for your particular needs. If you want more information or want help selecting a quality storage facility, contact your personal, dedicated Global Van Lines Moving Concierge. We are here to help you at no cost/no obligation.