Moving Guide

Seniors Moving Guide


Seniors Movers

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. 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



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



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



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