Top 5 Tips for Moving in Dallas When You're a Retiree

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Top 5 Tips for Moving in Dallas When You're a Retiree

Most of us look forward to being retired. After a lifetime of labor, we finally get to kick our feet up, relax, and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Some find that when they get to senior citizen status that they now need to move. Maybe it is because they do not need the room in their Dallas home with their children now adults and moved out, perhaps it is because they are now living on a fixed income, or maybe they want to finally plant roots in that warmer climate they've always dreamt about. Whatever your reason for moving after you attain retiree status, it's imperative to give the task some careful consideration.

Tip #1: Ponder Moving in the Fall or Winter

One of the biggest advantages of being a retiree is that you’re no longer constrained by the same schedule restrictions as people who need to work. You need to go to the store on a Wednesday morning? Go for it, you are the master of your schedule. Want to take in a movie matinee while everyone else has to work? Enjoy the motion picture! And should you choose to move, then you can do so off-season, when demand and costs are both at their lowest.

Spring and summe are the busiest times for moving for a lot of reasons (mild weather, the kids are done with school, etc.), and thus is is also the most expensive time to move. The months before or months after this peak can save you lots of money.

Tip #2: If You Don't Have to Have It, Don't Take It

The more years you live in a house, the more stuff you pick up. Everything, from sweaters you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely recollect, fills in the nooks and crannies in your home. So, before your move, clean house. A good rule of thumb is to ask whether you have used the thing in the last half of a decade. If you haven't, you surely don't need it. So, sell it, donate it, give it away to loved ones or strangers, but if you don't have to have it, don't move it.

Tip #3: Make a Plan

Moving isn't something you should do on the spur of the moment, especially not when you're a retiree. You have to sit down, do your research, and ensure you have everything organized. You need to know your destination, how you are planning on getting there, if you should hire a professional Dallas mover, your timeline, and most importantly, you need to have the costs figured out to the last dollar. And, just to be extra cautious, you should have several alternative strategies in place, just in case something changes, or doesn't work out the way you want or need it to.

Tip #4: Prepare

Planning is when you get your goals down on paper; preparation is when you start the groundwork. When you're preparing for a move, you are paring down your belongings, setting aside funds for the moving expenses, deciding when to list your house, etc. Preparation is key.

Tip #5: Slow Down

Moving is not something 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 make time to prepare and to take care of any loose ends that need to be tied up before you say goodbye and head off toward your destination. There's no need to rush, so go at a pace you're comfortable with.

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