Top 5 Tips for Moving in Tulsa When You're a Retiree
We hope for happiness in being retired. After a lifetime of working hard, we finally get to kick back, rest, and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Some realize that when they reach senior citizen status that they now need to move. Perhaps it is because they don’t need the area in their Tulsa house with their children now adults and moved out, maybe it is because they are now living on a set income, or maybe it's because they want to finally plant roots in that tropical climate they have always dreamt about. Regardless your reason for moving when you reach retiree status, it's important to give the task some careful consideration.
Tip #1: Think About a Fall or Winter Move
One of the biggest advantages of being a retiree is you’re no longer bound to the same schedules as people who must work. You choose to go to the grocery in the middle of a Tuesday? Go ahead, you are in charge of your schedule. Want to take in a movie matinee when everyone else has to work? Enjoy the show! And should you want to move, then you have the opportunity to do so in the off-season, when cost and demand are at their lowest.
Warmer months are the most busy for moving for a lot of reasons (good weather, children are done with school, etc.), and as a result it's also the most expensive season to move. Changing your move date by a few months one way or the other can save you a lot of money.
Tip #2: If You Don't Need It, Don't Move It
The more time you live in somewhere, the more stuff you accumulate. Everything, from clothes you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely remember, fills in the cracks in your home. So, before you begin packing, have a culling. A good guideline is to ask yourself if you've used something in the last five years. If not, you probably don't need it. So, sell it, gift it, give it away to loved ones or strangers, but if you don't need to keep it, don't pack it.
Tip #3: Create a Plan
Moving should not be done on the spur of the moment, especially as a retiree. You need to sit down, do your research, and make sure you have everything in order. You need to know where you're moving to, how you are planning on getting there, if you will hire a professional Tulsa mover, your timeline, and most importantly, you need to have the costs figured out to the last dollar. And, just to be on the safe side, you should have several alternative strategies in place, just in case something falls through, or doesn't work out the way you want or need it to.
Tip #4: Prepare
Planning is when you write down your goals; preparation is when you start warming up. When you start preparing for a move, you're paring down your household items, retaining money for the moving costs, deciding when to start working with a realtor, etc. Preparation is key.
Tip #5: Don’t Rush
Moving should not be done hurriedly. Decisions need to be thought about, and you should have all the data on-hand before making major decisions. Beyond that, you should make sure you have plenty of time to prepare and resolve any loose ends that remain before you pull stakes and head off toward your destination. There's no need to rush, so go at a clip you're comfortable with.
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