Helping your parents to move
My parents have moved 3 times during my lifetime, and each time they move the place gets smaller! From a farm, to a family home to a retirement home, the space they live in reduces each time. But the amount of possessions that they hold grows each time! They buy new kitchen appliances, add to their budding art collection, and of course mum likes to buy the same jumper in every colour!
Each time they have moved, there are less of us around to help. I myself am living in a different country, meaning even less help! They are currently located away from their extended family, my sister lives in a different city and I am living in a different country. Who can they turn to for help with downsizing?
When my friends move I am often lured with a case of beer in exchange for a days labour. These same age mates have me lifting fridges, balancing chairs, and packing their crockery away. But how easy is it for my parents to access muscles like this when they live away from their nieces, nephews, sons and daughters?
With many parents being frugal and careful with money I worry that they will feel constrained to their current home whilst dreaming of their next big adventure. Just because family help is limited, it does not mean help is not around!
We have curated a list of services that will make your parents next downsize a little bit easier:
1) Smooth Transitions is a company that is setup to specifically help seniors navigate the moving process. They can assist with packing and unpacking, selling and donating items, and setting up your new home www.movingforseniors.com
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