Top 5 Tips for Moving in Killeen When You're a Retiree

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Top 5 Tips for Moving in Killeen When You're a Retiree

Many of us hope for happiness in being retired. After an era of toil, we can finally kick our feet up, relax, and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Some find that when they reach senior citizen status that they also need to move. Perhaps it's because they no longer need the room in their Killeen house with their children now adults and moved out, perhaps it is because they're now living on a fixed income, or maybe they just want to finally pack up to that tropical climate they've always dreamt about. Regardless your reason for moving when you attain retiree status, it's important to give the task some careful consideration.

Tip #1: Think About Moving in the Fall or Winter

One benefit of being a senior citizen is that you’re no longer constrained to keep the same schedule limitations as people who must work. You need to go to the store in the middle of a Tuesday? Go for it, you are the master of your schedule. Want to take in a movie matinee when everyone else is at work? Enjoy the feature! And should you choose to move, then you can do so off-season, when demand and costs are both at their lowest.

Summer is the busiest time for moving for several good reasons (good weather, children are out of school, etc.), and hence is is also the most expensive time to move. A few months one way or the other can save you a lot of money.

Tip #2: If You Don't Absolutely Need It, Don't Take It

The more time you live in somewhere, the more clutter you accumulate. Everything, from sweaters you haven't worn in years, to papers from a job you barely remember, fills in the nooks and crannies in your home. So, before you begin packing, have a culling. A good rule of thumb is to ask whether you've used the thing in the last several years. If not, you likely don't need it. So, sell it, gift it, give it away to friends or family, but if you don't need to keep it, don't move it.

Tip #3: Have a Plan

Moving is something that requires planning, not on the spur of the moment, especially not when you're a retiree. You need to take your time, do your analysis, and ensure you have everything shipshape. You need to know your ultimate desired destination, how you're going to get there, if you will hire a professional Killeen mover, your timeline, and last but not least, you need to have your budget 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 fluctuates, or doesn't work out the way you want or need it to.

Tip #4: Preparation

Planning is when you get your goals down on paper; preparation is when you start the groundwork. When you start preparing for a move, you whittle down your belongings, saving money for the moving costs, deciding when to list your house, etc. Preparation is the second part of the three-act play that is a move.

Tip #5: Slow Down

Moving isn't something that should be done in a rush. Decisions need to be thought about, and you should have all the facts on-hand before drawing conclusions. Not only that, but you should set aside time to prepare and address any loose ends that need to be tied up before you finish packing and head off toward your destination. You don’t have to rush, so go at a pace you're comfortable with.

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