Planning for an Organized Move to St. George When You Retire

Moving tipsMoving is a major endeavor, especially if you are relocating during a major life transition like retirement. Before you plan your move to St. George to a new home for retirement, check out these tips to plan an organized move. We can help you find the right home for sale in St. George, and enjoy the relocating process. 

Contact us any time to learn more about moving to St. George. We will work together to narrow your search and help you find homes for sale that meet your needs for retirement. 

As you plan your move, keep these tips in mind. 

Declutter First

Before you clean, organize, and move all your belongings, make sure that you have gotten rid of the things you don't want to bring with you. Taking a day or a weekend to declutter, making give away, throw away, and sell piles, will allow you to then focus only on the things you actually want to keep. Downsizing your belongings can help streamline your move, reduce moving costs, and simplify your life in your new home.

Remember to keep your new retirement lifestyle in mind as you are decluttering. There may be things you've kept for years that are no longer needed in your new home, either because it is a different climate or your are in a different phase of life now. 

Create an Inventory

Before packing, create a detailed inventory of your belongings, noting each item's condition and destination in your new home. This will help you stay organized during the packing process and ensure nothing gets lost or misplaced during the move. Consider using inventory management apps or spreadsheets to keep track of your possessions.

This is especially helpful if you will be working with professional movers. If you have an itemized list of everything you are moving, your movers can more easily be accountable for everything they are supposed to bring to the new home.

Pack Strategically

Whether you will be hiring help for the packing or doing it yourself, pack strategically and with a plan. Pack room by room, starting with items you use infrequently and progressing to everyday essentials. Use sturdy boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, and other packing materials to protect fragile items during transit. Label each box clearly with its contents and the room it belongs to, making unpacking easier once you arrive in St. George.

Some homeowners find a color coding system to be quite helpful. For example, label all kitchen boxes with yellow and make sure movers or anyone helping you on move-in day knows that all boxes with yellow labels belong in the kitchen. This can be more efficient that simply writing on the outside of boxes. 

Make sure you keep the items you will need immediately separate. Pack in a way that by opening just one or two boxes first you can have everything you need to make yourself at home quickly. Either in a box or a suitcase, compile things you will need to access on day one, like:

  • Towels
  • Bedding
  • Coffee maker
  • Basic dishes and kitchen supplies
  • Medicine
  • Toiletries
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Change of clothes for a few days

Be Proactive About Utilities

Before leaving your current residence, notify utility providers, including electricity, water, gas, internet, and cable, of your upcoming move. Arrange for service disconnections at your old address and schedule new connections at your new home in St. George. Additionally, inform other service providers, such as insurance companies, banks, healthcare providers, and subscription services, of your change of address.

To ensure a seamless transition to your new home in St. George, set up essential services, such as electricity, water, internet, and cable, in advance of your move-in date. Coordinate with service providers to schedule installations or activations before your arrival, allowing you to settle into your new home smoothly.

Ready to find the home you will move to for retirement? Contact us any time to learn more about homes for sale in St. George.

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