Buying and selling a house is a huge life change, and can be a major milestone for many families. Whether you’re moving into your first home after apartment living or upgrading to give the kids more room, there’s a lot to think about with a move. It comes with many worries and stresses, including details like making sure all the essential people and companies have your new address and making sure the new place is safe for everyone, and it’s a lot to handle even if you have help.

For individuals living with a disability, moving day can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s essential to make sure you plan well for the move and give yourself time to get everything done. Once you’ve found the right place for you, get organized well before the move with lists and a filing system that will allow you to keep up with all the most important paperwork, keys, and phone numbers you’ll need to make the move a success.

Here are some of the best tips on how to make moving day go smoothly for everyone.


Location is everything
Depending on the nature of your disability, you might want to look for a home that is close to friends and family, or within easy driving distance of your doctor. Location is the number one factor for most families when a move is imminent, and if you’re living with a disability, it may be important for you to be close to the places you go most often. Start by looking for homes within a small radius, and work your way out.


Do some research
It’s imperative to do some research when it comes to hiring movers. You want to make sure you find a company that will be willing to work with you in whatever way you need, compare prices, and find out what their policies are on pets and disabled homeowners. You should also make sure you’re aware of the costs; many moving companies charge per mile on top of a base moving fee, which can add up if you hire someone far away from where you live. Every moving company is different, so do a bit of homework before making a decision. You can click here for more info on how to hire the right mover for the job.


Take care of your benefits
If you receive benefits for your disability, make sure you have a plan for them to continue once you’re moved in. Change your address with the Social Security office and, if you’re moving out of state, make sure you’re familiar with the rules and laws for the area ahead of time so there will be no nasty surprises down the road.


Pack smart
When it comes to packing, make sure you designate an area for all your supplies and extra boxes so they don’t clutter up your home and create a tripping hazard. Save several boxes for moving day so you can pack up last-minute items, such as medication or equipment and cleaning supplies. If you’ve hired someone to help you pack, ensure that each box has a packing list taped to the outside, or keep the boxes in the room they belong to until moving day so you can easily find anything you might need.

Staying organized will help reduce stress and keep you focused on the tasks at hand, so make lists of everything that needs to be done and delegate responsibility to friends and family who are helping out. Don’t try to take on everything yourself; ask for help when you need it.

Guest blog written by Paul Denikin. Paul learned to navigate the world of DIY while raising a child with special needs. He started Dad Knows DIY, which shows off helpful DIY projects.

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