Helpful Tips for Moving into a Retirement Village


Moving can be a daunting and exhausting experience at the best of times, but when you are downsizing your possessions and moving into a retirement village, the process can be a little overwhelming. To help you stay relaxed and organised, let's look at some top tips for moving into a retirement village.


If you're still in the process of deciding on a retirement village to suit you, check out this helpful guide. If you've made the decision to downsize and move into a retirement village, then you have some planning to do ahead of your big move. Whether you're renting or selling you existing home, what really needs to be considered is your belongings, and how you will make your new home a homely place to reside in.

You're not likely to lose track of family heirlooms or important mementos during the move, as these are the items that commemorate your life and a such, you will keep an instinctively eyeful watch over them during this transition period.

What is of utmost importance during the planning stage of relocation is the organisation of your medical supplies, utilities and the redirection of your mail. To keep all your important documentation together during the move, it is advisable that you compile a 'moving folder', complete with your insurance, healthcare and utility details.


When you are in the process of downsizing your current home possessions to move into a smaller retirement unit, it is important to remain pragmatic. Consider the size of the new home you are moving into, and make downsizing decisions in context of the storage capacity you will have in the future.

If you have purchased or have a rental agreement at a retirement village, contact the office prior to relocating for measurements of closets and storage space. This way, when downsizing your current possessions, you can do so with an understanding of what room you will have to store haberdashery or clothing in your new home.

When disposing of excess possessions, why not host a garage sale to make a little pocket money while sending your preloved items off to new homes. Alternatively, charity shops are always willing to accept a range of clothing, furniture and appliance donations.

Keep only the items that are most used and most valuable to your day-to-day life. If you have heirloom or special items you would like to pass on to your children or close relatives in the future, do so now- you will get to enjoy the experience of sharing a special memento, while relieving yourself of the


When packing your possessions, unless you have a hoard of strong, able and willing young men and women to assist you, it's best to hire the professionals (such as U Help Removals). With sturdy boxes and the manpower to meet the requirements, hiring a professional team of removalists will save your time and your back.

If you have the time and the physical capability, you can take care of the packing at your own pace. It is advisable that you spend the money purchasing quality, sturdy packing boxes from your local furniture removalist, as your possessions will have the utmost protection during the move.


Depending on the furniture you need relocated, you may want to enlist the assistance of a professional furniture removalist crew to make the moving process a breeze. Look for a removalist company that specialises in senior moves, as they will be sensitive to your needs and more than willing to assist with any heavy-lifting requirements outside of your physical capabilities.

If you have a pre-existing medical ailment, or find yourself in poor physical health at the time of moving, consult with your removalist team for extra support and assistance during your time of need.


27 April 2015

Storing my family heirlooms

After my parents passed away I inherited a lot of bulky furniture items that have been in my family for many generations. My current inner city flat is nowhere near big enough for it so I rented out a storage unit. Sometimes I head out to the storage lot just to look through it and remember them. Luckily the furniture has stayed in great condition and one day when I finally get a big family home, I'll be able to have it all on display. I spent a lot of time researching the best way to store vintage furniture long term, and it's all on my site. Enjoy!