If you are moving into a new home, try to get the keys to it at least a few days before moving in. That will give you time to do these crucial things before the new home gets filled with your belongings.
Take Photos if Renting
If you are renting, then you need to have some proof of the condition of the rental when you moved in. Go over there and take photos of it, paying close attention to any damaged areas. Write a list of the damages and have the landlord sign off on it. This way the landlord can’t hold you accountable for them! It is also a good idea to go to the rental with the landlord and do a walk-through, pointing out any damages and requesting that repairs be made before moving in.
Change the Locks
You never know who the previous residents gave the keys to. Play it safe and change the locks.
Your elderly parents have finally decided that it is time to move out of their large home and into a smaller home, or to an assisted living community or senior care center. Now comes the tricky part of managing the relocation.
Consider Hiring a Senior Move Manager
A Senior Move Manager is a type of moving project manager who specializes in helping seniors relocate. There is an accreditation program and those who pass are registered with the NASMM (National Association of Senior Move Managers). There are now approximately 800 SMMs around the United States and Canada.
Hiring a SMM is a good choice when you live far away from your parents and can’t be there during the entire moving process. Even if you are close to your parents, it can help to have the SMM there. They have experience with moving and understand the unique needs (physically and emotionally) of senior moving.