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How To Help Seniors Pack For A Move

How To Help Seniors Pack For A Move

Often senior citizens are settled and comfortable in their home. For a variety of reasons, they may need to move. Perhaps it’s time to downsize, or the lease can no longer be renewed anymore. Whatever the reason, seniors tend to avoid change, and it can feel overwhelming and unsettling having to leave home and move to a new place.

At Next Level Removals, we understand. Which is why we have prepared the following tips for how to help seniors pack for a move.

Make A Thorough Plan

Before jumping into such a life-altering decision, it’s best to make a thorough plan. How much of the moving process can your family and friends help with? Would you rather hire professional removalists? Do you need assistance with packing? Will you be putting any items in storage?

After working out what needs doing, next work backwards from your moving date. This lets you create a timeline of everything that needs to happen before moving.

Start To Pack Early

It’s never too early to begin preparing for a move. If you are still unsure the exact moving date, or your elderly parents do not know where they will be living, it’s always a good idea to start with the process.

Begin with any areas which tend to accumulate extra items over time. Spaces like a closet, or garage tend to fill up faster than we realise. Also, go through paper records and get rid of anything which is no longer needed.

Divide Things Into Smaller Tasks

Trying to accomplish a huge task like the entire moving process can be overwhelming if looking at it overall., But by breaking the task down into smaller pieces, it suddenly seems more manageable.

For seniors, it may have taken a lifetime to accumulate all the belongings they have. It’s going to take a lot of time and effort to sort through it all.

Help them start with one small area, perhaps a drawer, or a cabinet. Then select the next small area to move onto. By doing a small amount each day, it makes the end goal more achievable.

Save Memories

While sorting through belongings, you will find that some are easy to get rid of, but others have huge sentimental and personal value for seniors.

People keep possessions for their meaning and memories, but not for the value of the item itself.

When we see an item, it usually triggers such memories. It’s important to ask, is there another way to preserve the memory rather than the physical item? It may be difficult, but if there is limited space, it will be required to make some difficult decisions.

Also, factor in the cost of moving. The more things which need to be moved, or kept in storage, then the more expensive it will be.

Taking photos of items is a great way to remember them. Seeing the picture triggers the same memories and emotions that looking at the physical item does. Try this tactic with a few things which are not very important, and then gradually move up to more significant items.

Looking for a patient removalist who has helped many senior people through the difficult change process? Next Level Removals can help. Contact us on 1300 005 400 or online.

How To Save Money Moving (With Backloading)

How To Save Money Moving (With Backloading)

Moving interstate across the country is often a costly process. There are so many expenses involved with relocating – and that’s before even considering the cost of moving.

There is a solution to help slash your moving costs, yet most people aren’t even aware it exists, or how it works.

It’s called backloading, and it can seriously save you a lot of hard earned money, without compromising on service.

What is backloading, and how can it save you money moving?

What is Backloading?

Backloading is used when a removalist truck is driving back to base after a successful move. Instead of having an empty truck making the return trip, homeowners can rent out space in the empty truck. It’s possible to move anything from a single piece of furniture to an entire house.

How Does Backloading Work?

You will also be sharing space in the truck with other people who are also transporting their belongings by using backloading. Every item is clearly labelled and separated so that there is no chance of belongings being mixed up or delivered to the wrong location.

Movers also keep a detailed checklist of every item which is loaded and unloaded during backloading.

How Does Backloading Save You Money?

Best of all, you only pay for the actual space you use in the truck – slashing the price of a regular move, where you need to rent out an entire truck.

How Frequently Is Backloading Available?

We have many trucks on the road, completing deliveries every day, meaning you won’t have to wait a long time.

After you have your removal date, contact us, and we can organise backloading for you. You may need some flexibility in regards to the date and time, but we can accommodate all requests.

Where is Backloading available?

At Next Level Removals, we offer backloading services to the following interstate between Sydney and:

  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Adelaide
  • Canberra
  • Cairns

Our backloading country locations include between Sydney and:

  • Newcastle
  • Wollongong
  • Orange
  • Dubbo
  • Wagga Wagga
  • Lismore
  • Port Macquarie
  • Broken Hill
  • Albury
  • Goulburn
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Tamworth

We also provide services to all areas in-between.

If you need backloading to another destination, please contact us for a quote. Availability depends upon if we have any other moves scheduled around your date and location.

Benefits of Backloading

Backloading is an environmentally friendly way to move interstate or to the country. By using backloading, it directly means there are fewer vehicles on the road, which saves fuel as well as reduces carbon emissions.

Our professional and experienced removalists carefully will load and unload your belongings. You still receive the full Next Level Removals experience, without missing out on our quality service.

We ensure that you arrive at your new home according to schedule, with your belongings safe and sound.

Move Only Necessary Items

To save even more money moving interstate, consider getting rid of the items you no longer want or need. Either sell them, give them to friends or family, or donate them to charity. This will reduce the cost of moving by meaning you won’t need to pay for as much space when backloading.

For more information on backloading, or to book your move, contact Next Level Removals today via phone 1300 005 400 or online.

How to Plan your First House Move

How to Plan your First House Move

A lot of people get very nervous and dread a house move more than they dread a visit to the dentist. If this is the first time you have moved without your parents doing the planning and organising for you, then it is normal for you to be anxious. Just stay calm, make a moving checklist, so you do not forget to do anything, prepare yourself thoroughly, and this move will be as smooth as silk.

Special Considerations

If you own pets, then you have to make special considerations and arrangements for those pets. Pets are a big part of our lives, and on moving day they stand a higher risk of being injured, becoming stressed, or being lost. If you have pets be sure that you do the following things:

  1. Ask your vet to recommend a vet in the new area you are moving to. You also want to make sure you have a copy of your animals records proving immunisations, and medical concerns the animal may have so the new vet you choose will be able to properly treat your animal from the first day they see them.
  2. Schedule to have someone take care of the animal on the day you move. It is best if you get someone the animal is comfortable with and familiar with to care for them for a couple of days while you get moved into your new place and get settled in. This will allow you to not worry about your pet as much and on the day the pet is introduced to their new home it will allow you to have the time to help them adjust to their new surroundings.

Moving Your Valuables

Some of our personal belongings are more valuable than others. There are some of our personal belongings that we have to have, and some things that could be used to create false identities and such if they fell into the wrong hands. You need to take anything that you consider to contain private information or anything you think to be irreplaceable and move those things in your vehicle.

Things you should always move in your vehicle

  • Personal papers such as:
      1. Birth certificates and identification papers
      2. Contracts with banks and financial institutions
      3. Medical records
      4. Chequebooks and checking account information
      5. Credit cards and debit cards
      6. Stock certificates
      7. Securities
  • Expensive items such as jewellery
  • Money
  • Stamp collections
  • Coin collections
  • Soft copies of data that is saved on your computer hard-drives
  • Laptop computers
  • Tablets
  • Cell phones

Moving is a difficult time in our lives, and the only way to make moving more comfortable is to plan for the move in great detail. Do not wait until the day before you plan to move to do things like mail out change of address notifications, try to find packing materials, or call the utility companies.

If you plan your move and follow your plan, you can do this with a minimum of stress and anxiety.

Call Us Now

For professional and affordable interstate removalists, contact Next Level Removals today. Call
1300 005 400 or email info@nextlevelremovals.com.au for a free quote.