5 Tips for Moving in Dallas When You're a Retiree
Most of us look forward to retirement. After an era of working hard, we can finally kick back, unwind, and enjoy the rewards of our labors. Some people realize that when they reach senior citizen age that they now need to move. It could be that it is because they do not need the space in their Dallas abode with their children now adults and moved away, perhaps it's because they find themselves living on a fixed income, or maybe they just want to finally plant roots in that sultry climate they've always dreamt about. Whatever the reason for moving when you achieve retiree status, it's important to give the task some deep thought.
Tip #1: Ponder Moving When the Weather Turns Colder
One of the great benefits of being a senior citizen is you are no longer obligated to keep the same schedules as people who must work. You choose to go to the supermarket on a Wednesday morning? You can because, you are in control of your schedule. Want to take in a movie matinee when everyone else is at work? Enjoy the motion picture! And if you have to move, then you have the opportunity to do so off-season, when demand and prices are both at their lowest.
Summer is the busiest time for moving for many reasons (mild weather, children are done with school, etc.), and as a result it's also the most expensive time of year to move. The months before or months after this peak can save you a lot of money.
Tip #2: If You Don't Absolutely Need It, Don't Pack It
The more time you live in somewhere, the more clutter you accumulate. Everything, from shoes you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely remember, fills in the cracks in your home. So, before your move, clean house. A good guideline is to ask yourself if you've used something in the last five years. If you haven't, you likely don't need it. So, throw it away, donate it, give it away to whoever will take it off your hands, but if you don't need to keep it, don't take it.
Tip #3: Create a Plan
Moving isn't something you should do on the spur of the moment, especially as retireed. You need to pause, do your research, and make sure you have everything organized. You need to know your destination, how you’ll get there, if you will 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 prudent, you should have a different game plan in place, just in case something fluctuates, or doesn't work out the way you want or need it to.
Tip #4: Preparation
Planning is when you get your goals down on paper; preparation is when you start getting ready. When you prepare for a move, you're paring down your household items, setting aside cash 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: Slow Down
Moving shouldn’t be done hastily. Decisions need to be decided upon with care, and you should have all the facts on-hand before drawing conclusions. Additionally you should make sure you have plenty of time to prepare and address any loose ends that need to be tied up before you pull stakes and head off to your new home. You don’t have to rush, so go at a gait you're comfortable with.
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