Moving is always a big job, but when you’re living with a disability, it can be an overwhelming task from beginning to end. Not only do you want to ensure that your new home is accessible, safe, and comfortable, but you also need to prepare for the physical move itself, work out a budget, and figure out the best way to pack up your current home. It’s a lot to consider, but fortunately, there are many easy ways you can prepare for a move that won’t leave you stressed.
Think about how you can make some of the more complicated moving tasks a lot simpler; for instance, you can use wardrobe boxes to pack up your clothing so that when you get to the new house, you can simply pull the items out and hang them right up. You can also declutter your place before you begin packing, which will accomplish two things: keeping safety hazards to a minimum as you move around your home and helping you pare down your belongings so you don’t end up moving with items you no longer need.
Moving with a disability doesn’t have to be a limitation or a stressful experience. Here are a few ways you can make the process much easier.
Look for Help
When it’s time to start packing up your home, it’s a good idea to think about looking for some help. There are professional services that will assist you in making sure your belongings are wrapped and boxed safely, and they can also help you unload and unpack at your new house. Not only will this ensure that your items are kept safe, but it will also free up some time for you to focus on other things. Take a look online to find some help near you.
It’s always a good idea to go through your new home and look for safety hazards, and when you’re living with a disability, it’s a great way to ensure that you won’t come across any issues on moving day. For instance, if you have limited mobility, consider having a ramp installed over the front steps so you can get in and out of your home with no problems. Before the big day, take a walk through your current home to make sure there are no trip hazards and that you have a bag packed with any medication or essential equipment for your needs. Also, make sure you use gloves to help your grip when lifting and have the right tools on hand (such as a dolly).
Take Photos for Reference
If possible, take some photos of the interior of the new home before moving day. This will help give you an idea of where windows and electrical outlets are so you can plan for furniture placement. Not only will this help save time on moving day, but it will also allow you to figure out the best arrangement for your belongings so you won’t have to worry about your safety or comfort once you get settled. Once you know where everything is going, make packing lists accordingly and note where each box is going with a black marker on the outside.
Make it Accessible
Your new home should be as accessible as possible in order to ensure your safety and independence, so think about ways you can change things up without breaking the bank. You might add grab bars in the bathroom, change the flooring, paint contrasting colors on the walls behind the toilet and sink, or add storage solutions that will help you keep all the things you need right at hand. The more accessible your home is, the easier it will be for you to remain independent for many years to come.
Moving when you’re living with a disability can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful endeavor. Talk to friends and family to get their help on the big day, and start prepping for the move as early as possible in order to give yourself time to get everything done without stress. With a little planning, you can make the move a simple job.