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Jan 24, 2012

Moving Tips from JK Moving Services

They say that moving is one of the three most stressful events that a person can go through in life. That’s because, when it comes to moving, there is quite a bit to think about. In fact, it can be overwhelming!

It’s not uncommon for people to hire 123JUNK when they are preparing to move or downsize to rid themselves of their unwanted clutter. In the Junk Removal industry, we consider ourselves experts! But what about the move itself? We brought in our friends and a moving experts, JK Moving Services, to give us some tips.

Moving your parents into a retirement community or a smaller home can be stressful for all parties involved. Here are some helpful tips that are easy to follow.

1) Make a list of all of your belongings, breaking the list into different categories
  • Items to keep
  • Items to sell
  • Items to give away
  • Items to throw away

By listing all of the items, your parents will be able to understand the volume and types of belongings; making it easier to get rid of items no longer needed.

2) Separate items depending on their category

Designate items in each room using yellow sticky notes with the category written on paper. Separate items in each room where they are located so the items do not need to be moved over and over. You can simply work on each category at a time in each room of the house.

3) Organize and hold a yard sale

Keep in mind, others will not have the same feelings for your treasured possessions, and will ask you to lower the price. Don’t feel insulted; simply go with the flow and if you can lower the price. You’ll sell more items than if you stand your ground.

Keep in mind, anything not sold will need a different category. These categories are: give away, throw away, or move into the new home. If you don’t sell it or give it away, you will need to find space in your new (and perhaps smaller) home.

4) Donate items to organizations or non-profits that will accept used furniture and household items
5) Throw away any unwanted items. Contact 123JUNK.

This can be the toughest for your parents. They may want to keep items their children and grandchildren have made for them. It’s a nice gesture, but sometimes it’s OK to let things go. A great way to keep these memories alive without holding onto the actual items is to take pictures of the items and put them in a scrapbook or album.

6) Pack up any remaining items and prepare for the move

After the yard sale and donations, it is much easier to take an inventory. You’ll know what still needs to be packed and what you have room for.

7) Contact a reputable moving company

Do your homework. Ask friends, family or your Realtor® for recent referrals and then get at least three in-home estimates. Go with a moving company willing to stand behind their commitment to transport the goods in a quality fashion, not one driven only by the price of the move.

If your parents decide that the smaller house is still too big and they want to move into a retirement community; repeat the steps above. It is important to note, many retirement communities have rules regarding move-in times. Make sure your moving company and the retirement community are on the same page when it comes to move-in times and locations.

If you have any questions regarding moving your parents contact JK Moving Services.

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