When you decide that the time has come to move from your family home into retirement housing, there’s generally a lot to consider, such as packing and hiring removalists.
The hardest decision to make is, of course, making the move itself. Still, there are also many more minor decisions to make along the way.
Knowing you have so much to plan and think about can lead to some very common mistakes. A small amount of research before moving day may help you avoid many of them – such as these below.
Not Hiring a Moving Company
Even though you might be thinking about all the costs associated with moving, hiring a moving company can actually be a lot more affordable than you might think. If you decided not to hire one, you often have to find people with trailers to help you move, and if such people aren’t available, you may end up needing to hire a company anyway.
Moving companies can handle all parts of the moving process, from loading your possessions and furniture into the truck to unloading it into your new home. Many people who have hired moving companies before say they would do it again in a heartbeat due to how convenient it is during a high-stress time of your life.
The unfortunate reality is that transitioning to a retirement home is going to be stressful for all involved. Even when hiring removalists and being organised, it’s a significant change in your family’s life, and there’s going to be an adjustment period.
However, you can undoubtedly make sure the transition is as straightforward as it can be by possibly doing some of the following things:
Hiring a Moving Company
If you or your loved one is moving into a retirement home, then they possibly are no longer able to care for themselves and their home as well as they used to. Therefore, it’s easy to assume that moving furniture is likely also outside of their limits.
Aside from hiring muscle power to move large and cumbersome furniture, you also get to benefit from their generously sized transport. Rather than having to hire a trailer or making several trips, a moving company in a truck picks up everything in one trip and takes it to your new home with ease.
Make Several Trips to the Retirement Home Before Moving
Whether it’s you or a family member moving into retirement housing, consider how much easier the transition might be if you’ve made several trips to the facility before moving. The more you familiarise yourself with it before moving day arrives, the less daunting it will be when you finally say goodbye to your old home for good.
One of the last things you want to go wrong in your home is the plumbing. Plumbing problems can cost a fortune, especially when leaks spring and lead to significant water damage.
However, you can pre-empt issues that will require your attention sooner rather than later in some situations. Typically, this is because of an aging plumbing system. So, how can you tell your plumbing system is getting old? Any of these indicators below can point to that being the case.
Water is Discoloured
You mostly expect any water that comes out of your tap to be clear, but that’s not always the case if your plumbing system is getting old. Cloudy water can be caused by air within your pipes, but rust is a known problem if your water is coming out brown or yellow.
If your water has a green tint, corrosion in copper pipes might be to blame. Sometimes, it’s not your pipes that are to blame, but your city’s. In either situation, call a plumber to identify the cause of the issue and come up with a solution.
Most people take home security quite seriously, but if you live alone, there is value in taking it even more seriously than if you would if you lived with other people.
Being alone can make you feel vulnerable, and you can also be seen as vulnerable by those who wish to enter your home without your permission. For peace of mind and safety, consider the following security measures.
Install A Security Camera
Technology is evolving at a rapid pace, and it’s also becoming much more affordable. Security cameras used to cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, but you can now purchase them for a fraction of that.
Install a security camera so that you can enjoy peace of mind when you’re home and even more so when you’re not. Whenever you feel the need, you can view the footage on your phone or computer to ensure nothing untoward is happening around your home.
If you were ever the victim of a crime like theft, you might be able to hand over helpful video footage and photos to police to bring the criminal to justice.