In the beautiful Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Senior Living Truth Series took place. This senior-focused seminar is one of many lead by realtor Regina Hill. The topic of this event was senior relocation and helpful hints on downsizing. E.E. Ward’s Abby Phillips was one of the panelist that provided insights. Abby speaks not only from her work experience, but her family made a move eight years ago from New Jersey to Ohio.
To begin, Abby educated the attendees on what to look for when choosing a moving company. Her biggest suggestion was looking at the Better Business Bureau for a review of the company. The BBB is an accredited and trusted source that can be a great starting point. The BBB can be used online or over the phone, making it easy for both forms of communication. In addition to using the BBB, speaking with realtors, friends and family is a beneficial way to narrow down the options.
One of the most important qualities of a moving company is if they offer free in-home surveys. When a company sends out a representative to do a physical survey of the home, the assessment of your moving needs is more accurate. Not having this in-home survey can cause problems down the road. These surveys should always be free and if a downpayment is required, steer away from that company.
When it comes to downsizing, the biggest problem is finding a starting point. This includes figuring out what to do with all your possessions. This is when an organizer can come to your rescue. An organizer gives you a clear and rational evaluation of what items you need and don’t need to bring with you. Many possessions have emotional value and it may be hard to part from these items. An organizer can help you sort through these meaningful items and figure out the best plan. Storage can be costly, therefore it’s best to downsize as much as possible.
A final tip Abby offered was to take your most valuable possessions with you. No matter the distance of the move, it is best to keep items like jewelry, passports, cash and titles with you. This makes it easier to locate the items and also acts as an extra level of protection.
Another seminar will be planned for the Spring and will provide even more helpful tips on relocation and downsizing.