By: Patrick Young

Having a disability doesn’t usually make things impossible, it just makes them a little more challenging — and moving is no exception.

Figuring things out like where you will live, who will help you pack and the associated costs are stressful factors for anyone considering moving.

Finding a home

Certain disabilities make it necessary for you to have certain accommodations wherever you live. You will need to fully assess the space to determine whether or not modifications will need to be made.

Are the doorways wide enough?

Are the counters at a reachable height?

Are all the rooms in the house accessible to you?

If you are purchasing a house, you may already have a plan in place for making modifications, but if you are renting, you will have to discuss changes with your landlord — which ones they are willing to make, if any, and which ones you will have made yourself.

Make a plan

The best way to avoid mishaps when moving is to give yourself plenty of time and plan everything in advance.

Fill any outstanding prescriptions.

Create a moving checklist that includes what rooms will be packed on what days — and what things to leave unpacked until the last minute.

It’s also a good idea to create a moving binder that contains important documents, phone numbers and anything else you might need on the way or upon arriving at your new residence. 

Pack an essentials box

An essentials box or bag should contain everything you will need on your way to your new home, as well as everything you’ll need for the first night in your new space.

It is usually best if each family member packs one for themselves, but you can also choose to let everyone pile their items into one. The important thing is that it is easily accessible and can be unpacked first.

Decide who will help

A lot of people ask friends and family to help them move, borrowing trucks or renting vans. Sometimes this works out great, but other times they end up regretting not hiring a moving company.

There are some very obvious benefits to hiring a reputable company. Here are just a few:

  • Hiring a moving company will relieve a lot of the stress associated with moving, freeing up your time to focus on organizing and taking care of more important tasks.
  • It will ensure that you have enough manpower to do the heavy lifting.
  • Most movers carry insurance so that any damage to your items is covered.

Choosing a reputable mover

If you decide to hire a moving company, do your due diligence first. There is a risk of getting scammed if you’re not careful. There are moving companies who will charge a lot of hidden fees they didn’t tell you about. There are also scammers who will ask for deposits over the phone and never show up.

Hire local and do your best to find out everything you can about them before agreeing to anything.

Once you arrive at your new home and all your boxes are piled inside, don’t let the thought of unpacking cause you unnecessary stress.

If you packed right and loaded an essentials box or bag of items you need, you can take your time and unpack as you feel able. Just make sure you clearly label your boxes and ask that the movers place them in the rooms they belong. This way you can organize one room at a time as your energy levels allow.

And you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your new home.”

Feb, 2018

Patrick Young

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Patrick, thank you for your time in reaching out to me and in writing this article. I’m honored to publish it here. 

Jeff Reynolds

Durango

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