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Tips For Moving After Retirement

Published by Chris Townsend

Tips For Moving After Retirement

Retirement is a time to look forward to, and one that should be celebrated, however you may define that personally. For a lot of people, retirement is an ideal time to move since it can offer things you don’t have access to in your current city. We’re all familiar with the concept of “snowbirds”—people who spend their winters in warmer climates to escape the chill of their primary residence. Just like there a lot of people who seek out warmer weather in the winter, there are many retirees that seek a more permanent move. If you’ve recently retired, or plan to, and moving to a new city is in the cards for you, follow these tips to make sure you make the right decision and end up in the best place for your needs.

Check Your Finances

Before you make any plans to relocate during retirement, make sure you go over your finances with a fine toothed comb. If you have a financial advisor that helps you, tell them about your plans and have them assess how feasible it is, as well as if you’ll have enough money to live there. Keep in mind that the cost of living can vary quite widely in different parts of the country so you’ll need to budget for higher expenses if you’re moving long distance somewhere that costs more to live. Similarly, you’ll want to have a firm budget to stick to so that you can ensure you’ll have enough money for whatever you need, whether that’s day to day living expenses, or if your future involves travel. Whatever your plans are, they should all be factored into your budget, as well the cost of moving.

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Prioritize What You’re Looking For

If you have a move planned during retirement, you’ve probably got some pretty specific idea of what you’re looking for in a new area. Keep those priorities in mind throughout your search and try to target the areas that best meet your expectations. Whether you’re moving somewhere with nicer weather, more entertainment options, looking to downsize, or trying to find a city that’s located near places you plan to visit frequently, all of those factors should be involved in the decision you make. Knowing what you want out of your retirement and nailing down the specifics can go a long way toward helping you make a final decision and planning your new life appropriately.

Three Movers is a nationwide moving company that operates in all 50 states and maintains offices in most major metro areas. If you have an upcoming move and you’d like to save money while still getting the top notch services you need, contact us today at (888) 202-0036! All estimates are 100% FREE of charge and require no payment or obligation on your part! Just tell us what you need and where you’re going and we’ll get right back to you with one of our many affordable moving solutions!

Make Plans In Your New City

Once you arrive in your new home, you’re going to want to get out and explore the area to see what it has to offer. In an ideal situation, you can do some of this research beforehand so that you’re familiar with what the area has to offer. This will no doubt have factored into your decision to move in the first place so it should be a natural next step to take in some of the activities and events. If you don’t know anyone in the area you’re moving to, this can also provide a great opportunity to meet new people, either through social clubs, volunteer organizations, health clubs, and any number of other options.

Enlist the Help of a Moving Company

Finding a good moving company to help with your move isn’t rocket science by any means, but you should invest some time in finding a couple options before settling on one. We typically recommend that you contact between three to five movers before making a final decision. While price is and should be an important factor, don’t forget to mention any services you may need besides the labor and truck loading and unloading. If you need packing help, many movers offer it. The same goes for storage, furniture disassembly, white glove moving services, and any number of other options. The more you can tell them about what you need, the better the chances that you’ll get an accurate cost estimate.

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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