Moving Tips For The Mobility Challenged

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Moving is a stressful time for anyone, but it can be even harder if you are disabled or have mobility issues. If you use a wheelchair, cane, or other device, trying to pack and load boxes can be not just challenging, but nearly impossible. Fortunately, professional movers can make the entire process easier. The following is a short checklist of the services you should request to fit your special needs.

#1: Ask for small boxes

Movers often seem to favor larger boxes because it takes fewer trips to load the truck. Unfortunately, when you are left to unpack, this means you will be struggling with moving these big boxes around the house or digging in them for your belongings. Ask the movers to use small boxes that you can maneuver easily with your disability. If a larger box must be used, ask if they can use a wardrobe box. These boxes open on the side for easier access, so you don't have to try reaching in to a deep box from the top.

#2: Look for packing shortcuts

If your move is local, there may not be any need to carefully wrap and package everything. With your permission, movers can leave your clothing in your drawers, for example. This will be one less thing that you will have to unpack when you arrive in your new home. The above-mentioned wardrobe boxes are another shortcut, since your clothing will remain on hangers and can be easily transferred to the closet. When moving around is difficult, then every shortcut you find can be a relief.

#3: Inquire about unpacking services

Some residential movers offer unpacking services as well as packing services. In this case, you work side-by-side with the crew to unpack your belongings. You don't have to use this service for all your belongings. Instead, simply hire help for those items that are difficult for you to do on your own, such as reassembling furniture or unpacking heavy objects. Some movers can even hang pictures for you.

#4: Keep accessibility in mind

Decide which home you will supervise during the move, and then enlist the help of a friend or family member to supervise the other. Once you know where you plan to be on moving day, set up an accessibility plan. You will need to make sure there is a separate entrance you can use during the move, since the main entrance may be blocked by the movers. Make sure the movers are clear on where to place things so that they don't block your movement around your home, especially if you use a wheelchair or other device that requires clearance. You can use masking tape to tape off pathways so the movers don't inadvertently block access to areas of the new home.

Contact a residential mover, such as Done Right Moving,  for more help.

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