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Seniors Moving Guide

Planning ahead

Moving from the family home can be overwhelming, especially if you are facing a lifetime of possessions and must make choices about what to take and what to let go of. These decisions can be paralyzing because each possession often triggers a walk down memory lane.

Family members can help a parent sort through possessions, pack and move. But sometimes hiring a third party is the best thing.

Senior moving managers are a new type of service provider; helping attend to the needs of seniors, and their family members who must downsize when moving.

packing and moving services

These professionals can:

  • Evaluate the contents of your old home and assess space available in the new one.
  • Work with a senior to determine how much will fit in their new home.
  • Help sort and make decisions about what to keep and what to leave.
  • Manage the process of packing and moving, then unpacking and arranging possessions in their new home.
  • Some senior moving managers also help organize garage sales, auction sales, arrange for donation pickups, and call disposal services for the final leftovers. They are also sensitive to the stress that can accompany this work, often offering to break the job down into manageable steps by coming and packing for just a few hours at a time.

    For families facing the task of packing and moving on their own, think about starting the process well in advance. Set small, achievable daily goals. Establish plans for tackling different rooms. Remember that packing can be emotionally taxing on everyone, so consider ways to break up the work and make it more enjoyable.


    We have prepared this checklist for you to remind you of some of the items to take care of before the move. Starting four weeks before is reasonable, as there is a lot to do in the end. In many cases you will need to expand it to suit your own unique situation.


    Inform medical providers that you will be moving
    Doctor: address change; discuss any physical limitations you need to be aware of for the move Dentist – address change List others: optometrist, specialists, etc.
      Talk with insurance providers re: change of address
    Inform home, and contents owners insurer Inform motor vehicle insurer; find out if policy changes needed Arrange for moving insurance if needed
    Arrange for new home and contents insurance if applicable
      Dispose of some belongings; pack others
    Consider the services of a De-Clutter specialist to assist if you haven’t already started to sort your belongings Decide what you want to keep. Be mindful your new home might have less space Facilitate delivery of unwanted items to friends and family, charity, auction, and other means of disposal
      Make a list (with contact information ) of ORGANIZATIONS/VENDORS that need to be informed
    Gas Phone Electric Credit Card companies
    Local Council Australia Post Bank Chemist - Prescriptions etc
    Newspaper Pay Television Internet Provider Mobile phone carrier
    Magazines and other subscriptions
      Make a List (with contact information) of other PEOPLE to be informed
    Lawyer Accountant Financial institutions Social Clubs
    Financial adviser Veterinarian Optometrist Podiatrist
    Friends Family


    Change of address forms:Get change of address forms and begin filling them out and mailing per the lists you created Packing/moving
    Get quotes from removalist companies and Book your removalist Purchase tape and big black markers Begin packing items you are not going to use
    Book a storage unit if necessary Start collecting boxes Think about where remaining furniture will be placed in your new home
      Plan for your pets:
    Plan for their transport Change registration details with your local council Make sure they are tagged with new phone number
    Arrange for a new vet if necessary Get records from vet if you will be changing If microchipped, change contact details
    Have a list of all of their medications if applicable
      Additional Planning
    Arrange for home repairs / modifications to be done as needed for your new home Pay outstanding bills Start using up food in freezer
    Back up computer
      If you are moving some distance away:
    Pick up records from dentist Pick up records from doctor Pick up other records
    Set up a new bank account in the new town and arrange transfer Transfer medical records Find out about insurance policy changes for living in new area
    Arrange for new vet Arrange for new primary care doctor Arrange for other service providers


    Phone and electricity: arrange for them to be disconnected the day of your move, after the home is cleaned and double-checked Confirmations
    Call post office to change delivery Arrange for help moving out of your home Arrange for help in moving into your new home
    Confirm with removalists (check on payment method) Notify friends and family (use mail or social media) Arrange for help in cleaning your old home
    If necessary, arrange for caregiver on day of move
    Return any borrowed items Pick up dry cleaning Return library books, etc
      Pack important documents (these will travel with you)
    Passport Titles Bank Records
    Birth Certificate Share Certificates Insurance Papers
    Marriage License Bank Records Tax Records
    Vehicle Information House loan records etc
      Additonal Planning
    Finalize home and content insurance for new home on day one Ensure appliances are serviced Make a list of all your prescriptions and dosages. Put in your wallet
    Collect instruction booklets for any appliance you are leaving for new owner Have a list of all important phone numbers to put in your wallet Ensure you have all medicines and assistive equipment you need and that equipment is in working order


    • Arrange for utilities to be connected at your new home
    • Ensure everyone on your list has been notified of change of address
    Finalize cleaning and household repairs
    Clean stove Clean refrigerator Finalize any repairs to appliances, etc
    Drain fuel from motors you are moving Once again, make sure you have help cleaning
      Plan for what you will take with you on the day of the move:
    Clothes Toiletries Medicines
    Food/snacks Items for first day meal Cleaning products
    Book, journal – whatever you usually use in nighttime routine Any other necessary equipment Nighttime sleep aids and any other necessary equipment
    Important documents Bedclothes Linens for the first night


    Prepare the home
    Defrost and clean refrigerator Disconnect washing machine and drain hoses Disconnect other appliances
    Drain garden hoses and store in garbage bags Dispose of perishable and flammable goods
      Pack for the first night
    Pack everything except your bedding Pack the overnight bag Check your car tyres
    Keys, extra glasses, etc. Pack a pet travel kit with food, bowl, treats, leash, medicines, toys, etc Charge your mobile phone / ipad, etc.


    Items to bring in your vehicle with you
    Strip bed and put linens in marked box for first night Overnight bag with clothes, medicines, sundries Snacks/food/water/equipment
    Pet travel kit Important documents Keys,etc.,to new home
    Important phone numbers Mobile phone and charger Extra glasses, etc.
      Ensuring the home is secure
    Ensure someone supervises removalists; ensure your belongings are inventoried Lock all doors and windows Leave the garage remote with agent or in house
    Double check the house Leave a note with your forwarding address Turn the hot water off


    Start settling in:

    Contact local council for a new residents kit. Keep cats indoors for at least a week to familiarise themselves with new surroundings.

    Contact removalists:

    Arrange pick up and/or return of used packing cartons to the removalist for recycling. If there were any breakages or damage, don’t forget to contact the removalist and insurance company.