15 Spring Break Vacation Hacks

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Nothing beats the excitement of spring break vacation plans! It is almost time to leave behind the dull, dreary winter days for sunshine, relaxation, good food, lots of laughs, and quality time together. As you are getting ready to head out on spring break, take a look at these practical tips for an enjoyable and affordable vacation.

  1. If you have already booked your accommodations for spring break, periodically check the going rates for the time of your stay. Using a refundable reservation (especially at a hotel), you can rebook at a lower rate if you see the prices have dropped.
  2. Book a hotel or condo that comes with a kitchen or, at the minimum, a refrigerator and microwave. Eating out every meal of your spring break can break your bank account! 
  3. If you are visiting a new city for a few days, check to see if they offer a multi-attraction pass that can save you money over buying attraction passes individually.
  4. When on a long road trip, frequently check the GPS even if you know where you are going. Use an app that searches for accidents and traffic jams so you can make an early detour before it is too late. 
  5. Bring car activities like art supplies, decks of cards, or magnetic games for the kids.
  6. Inform your credit or debit card company before traveling so that you’re authorized for vacation purchases.
  7. To save money eating out at restaurants, соnѕіdеr filling everyone up for lunсh instead оf dinner. You will have less trouble finding a table, plus you will benefit from discounted prices on the same food during lunchtime.
  8. Take pictures of your most important documents like your passport and driver’s license. They’ll be much easier to replace than if you hadn’t.
  9. To remember where you parked, drop a pin in a map app on your phone or take a picture of your parking space and the surrounding areas.
  10. Bring a portable phone charger or charging case for when you are too busy having fun to stop for a charge.
  11. When packing, roll your clothes instead of folding them. It’s a total space saver, and rolled clothes tend to wrinkle less than folded clothes. 
  12. Place a dryer sheet in your suitcase with your clothes to keep them smelling fresh.
  13. Wrap your shoes in a shower cap to prevent the soles from touching your clean clothes. Shower caps are complimentary at many hotels.
  14. Pack a first aid kit. Packing band-Aids, antibacterial cream, stomach antacids, pain killers, cold meds, and throat lozenges might save you the inconvenience of tracking down a pharmacy while you are trying to have fun.
  15. Sunburn? If you forgot to pack the aloe, you could use milk to cool down your skin. Just dip a cloth in the milk, wring it out and wipe down your burning skin. Slathering your skin with yogurt will also work!

Spring break is a great time to take a break from “real life” and enjoy some downtime. We hope that these tips were helpful and that you have a fantastic vacation.  And if you find your vacation destination becomes a new moving destination, keep Zippy Shell in mind!  With locations across the United States, we can help you move wherever you need to go!

Tips for Moving Out of An Apartment

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If you are getting ready to move out of an apartment, you probably wonder how you will plan a smooth transition when there are so many things to do. First, you will need to get your stuff packed and moved out, and then make sure the apartment is clean and damage-free when you walk out for the last time. Check out some of our best tips for tenants moving out of an apartment.

Purge Before Moving Out of Your Apartment
Before moving out of your apartment, you should go through your belongings and purge anything you no longer use or want. You can donate any gently used items or even sell the items online for a little extra moving cash. The more you can get rid of, the fewer boxes you will need for packing. That’s a win! As a bonus, you will have more space in your location.

Create a To-Do List
You will need a comprehensive to-do list to avoid any mishaps or obstacles as you move out of your apartment. Like any big project, a plan will go a long way to ensuring success. Here are some critical items we think you should put on your list:
1) Choose a move-out date and give your landlord notice
2) Check rental documents and see if you will receive a security deposit or have already paid last month’s rent.
3) Call utility companies and give them your scheduled cut-off date.
4) Make a list of any repairs that are needed so you are not charged fees or lose your security deposit. Plan to get all repairs completed before your landlord does a walkthrough.
5) Call the property manager to determine if you need any special permissions for movers, moving and storage containers, and elevator usage.
6) Alert your renter’s insurance company about the change.
7) Stock up on boxes, packing tape, labels (or Sharpies), bubble wrap, and other packing materials.
8) Change your address.
9) Schedule a utility turn-on date for your new location.
10) Gather all the keys to the apartment to return to your landlord.
11) Leave out the cleaning supplies you will need to deep clean the apartment before moving out.

Give Plenty of Notice
One of the first things you should do is give the landlord notice of your expected move-out date. Your lease agreement will outline how much notice is necessary, but it typically ranges from 30- to 90-days. If you don’t give your landlord enough notice, you may be subject to added fees. You should also alert your utility services to schedule your shut-off date.

Fix What You Can
If you hope to get your security deposit back, leaving the apartment unit as damage-free as possible is essential. This includes holes or nicks in the walls, baseboards, and door frames. It can be surprisingly easy to patch up small holes and indentations, and it is worth the effort to get your security deposit back.

How Clean Should Your Apartment Be When You Move Out?
Your apartment should be deep cleaned and damage-free when you make your final exit. Still, landlords and property management companies typically expect the unit to resemble the state it was in when you moved in. You can hire a cleaning company to complete the final clean or make sure you get it spic-and-span from top to bottom yourself. Here are some areas that sometimes get forgotten during the final clean (for a complete list, you should review your rental agreement):
1) Dusting ceiling fans and light fixtures
2) Removing any cobwebs from ceilings and walls (check the corners).
3) Wipe down all blinds and clean all windows.
4) Check the walls for any nail holes. You can use putty to patch the walls and paint the areas with matching paint.
5) Wipe down the baseboards and door frames.
6) Vacuum and sweep all floors.
7) Mop any hard floor surfaces and have any carpets cleaned. Pay extra close attention to any stains on the carpets.
8) Deep clean the appliances like the refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, stove, microwave, washer, and dryer.

What Happens if You Don’t Clean When You Move Out?
You will find details of the consequences in your rental agreement. If you decide to skip the cleaning part of the process, you may be subject to fees or lose some or all your security deposit. In any case, it’s always good practice to leave your apartment junk-free and clean.

Consider a Pre-Inspection
If you are worried that you will miss something that could cost you your deposit, you can request a pre-inspection from your landlord or property manager. This will allow you to make any additional repairs before the final walk-through.

Moving Day
After many weeks of planning, preparing, packing, and cleaning, the big day has finally arrived. Moving day is always a challenging and sometimes emotional day. Be sure to take some time when you have moved everything out to look around one last time to ensure nothing is left behind or needs to be cleaned again. Then, reach out to your landlord to return all your keys and let them know the unit has been vacated.

Zippy Shell Can Help Make Your Move Easy
Our on-site storage and moving containers can help make your move a breeze. Because you can pack at your own pace, you can move your things out of your apartment on your timeline. Then, when you are ready, we can transport the container to a secure storage facility or deliver it to your new home—it’s up to you! Call Zippy Shell today at 888-947-7974 for more information or a free, no-obligation estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

Simplify Your Move With Portable Storage Containers

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How do you feel about your upcoming move? Moving is often ranked as one of the most overwhelming events in life. Excitement, anticipation, relief, hope, nervousness, trepidation, and all the emotions in between can and probably will be felt during a move. After an initial excitement, the emotion that sometimes takes over is a feeling of being overwhelmed. To help ease the burden, we want to explain how ditching the moving truck rental and using a portable storage container instead can make the whole moving process more straightforward and less stressful.

Gift of Time – To reduce stress during a move, you absolutely must give yourself sufficient time to devote to each step of the moving process. After being delivered to your home, a portable storage container can be loaded at your own pace. The ability to take your time to pack your items carefully will bring a feeling of calmness over the process.

Easier Loading –  All on-site storage containers feature barn-style doors and ground-level design, making them easy to load. The innovative design of our containers allows for placement in tight spots and at challenging angles. This eliminates the need for dangerous and challenging loading ramps.

Painless Transportation – There are countless horror stories of DIY movers getting into an accident in their rental truck or having the truck break down on moving day. Moving trucks are longer, wider, heavier, and much taller than the typical car or truck, requiring you to seek an alternate route to accommodate the larger size of the rental truck. When using a portable storage unit, all you need to do is load and unload your container. Leave the driving to us! After picking up your loaded container, we’ll take it to a secure storage facility or transport it directly to your destination.

Security – Your stored items are always safe in Zippy Shell’s street-legal mobile containers because you are the only one with a key. We know how precious your belongings are, which is why our portable storage containers are all-steel and weatherproof. If you need to store items for any length of time, your secured storage container will be delivered to a temperature-controlled storage facility where your belongings will be safe and secure.

Flexibility –  It’s not uncommon to find yourself with a few days, weeks, or months to spare in between moving dates. You can cut your work in half by only loading and unloading your belongings one time into portable storage containers. These can be stored until you’re ready for the second phase of your move. Feel confident knowing that your furniture, appliances, and personal belongings are safe while waiting to move to your final destination.

We invite you to compare Zippy Shell to moving truck rentals. We think our portable storage and moving containers offer tons of flexibility with a predictable cost that will simplify your move. Using a portable storage container allows you to have a little more control over the moving process and moving timeline. This shell has you covered! Call Zippy Shell today to get a quote.

How to Get Your Home Ready for Market During the Winter

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How would it feel to receive timely, over-asking-price offers after you place your home on the market? Putting in extra effort ahead of time is one way to achieve that goal. It’s hard to imagine wanting to do anything but cuddle up under a blanket during this season, and winter presents unique challenges to placing your home on the market. But putting the following tips to use will give prospective buyers a great first impression!

  • The first step to placing your home on the market during the winter is to keep snow and ice removal under control. Make sure potential buyers have a clear walkway and that any ice patches have been adequately salted. Nothing leaves a worse first impression than a buyer slipping on their way up to your home.
  • Have a designated spot for everyone to place outerwear such as heavy coats, boots, hats, and gloves. You can provide disposable booties for anyone touring your home to wear to prevent snow or rain from getting tracked all over.
  • Keep the thermostat at a comfortable level that is warm and inviting. You don’t want to give buyers the impression that your home is cold and drafty. Winter is also the perfect time to show off the beauty of your fireplace to potential buyers if you have one.
  • Even in the winter you can boost your curb appeal. Clear out all of the leaves from your gutters that have accumulated from the fall and winter seasons, and make sure there is no debris in your yard, such as leaves or fallen branches. Illuminate your home with a warm glow by using a soft yellow bulb in outdoor lighting to give your home a warm appearance. Jazz up your front door with some fresh paint adding a pop of color.
  • Before putting your home to market is the time for a deep, deep clean. This means baseboards, appliances, light fixtures, switch plates, vents, fan blades, windowsills, drawers, cabinets, fireplace – nothing is off-limits. Potential buyers will examine your home and its contents with a fine-tooth comb. A spotless home will send the message that this is a well-maintained property. Hiring a cleaning crew for a one-time deep clean is a wise investment as it can add to your resale value.
  • Getting rid of clutter and unwanted items can free up your home, making it feel bright and roomy. Bring in natural light by making sure light coming in from your windows is not blocked by furniture or other stacked objects. Also, clean windows will allow for more natural light to shine through.
  • You can keep winter germs at bay by only allowing one buyer group to tour the home at a time. You can also limit home tours to serious buyers only. Disinfect your home after each showing, especially commonly touched areas like doorknobs and faucet handles. Have everyone use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately upon entry.

Did you know you can simply and safely store your extra stuff with Zippy Shell while your home is on the market? We’ll deliver a portable storage container directly to your door then store it in our secure climate-controlled facility. We’ll deliver storage to your new home whenever you are ready. It’s that simple!

5 Ways to Use Portable Storage

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We dare say there comes a time in everyone’s life when you can use portable storage. Are you in the process of preparing for a move, carrying out a home renovation or home repair project, downsizing, storing your belongings during a lease gap, or needing to move business inventory? Find out how portable storage can help simplify a stressful situation.

Moving

To help ease the burden of moving, we want to explain how ditching the moving truck rental and using a portable storage container instead can make the whole moving process more manageable and less stressful. We will deliver a portable storage container or containers to your home at your convenience. You will be able to take your time loading them up and let go of the feeling of being rushed. Delivery dates and storage dates can easily be scheduled and even rescheduled when you use a portable storage container. Then you get to leave all the worries of fuel mileage, uncertain safety, and being unaccustomed to driving a large, unfamiliar vehicle behind. Allowing us to do the driving means leaving the stress behind.

Home Renovation/Repair

Portable storage containers are a popular option during remodeling because they provide you with the ability to completely clear items out of your home while also maintaining the flexibility of having those items on hand when you need them. If your project will take a few months to complete and you don’t want to keep the container on your property, that is okay too. We can pick it up at your convenience and store it in a secure, climate-controlled facility until you’re ready to have it back.

Lease Gap

There is often a gap of time between the end of your current lease and the beginning of your new one. It’s not uncommon to find yourself with a few days, weeks, or months to spare in between moving dates. You can cut your work in half by only loading and unloading your belongings one time into portable storage containers. Everything will be picked up at your convenience and securely stored until you’re ready for the second phase of your move. You can feel confident knowing that your furniture, appliances, and personal belongings are safe while waiting to move to your final destination.

Downsizing

When downsizing, base the decision on which items to keep on the layout and size of your new home. Knowing each room’s exact size and dimensions in your smaller home will make decisions easier because you know exactly what will and will not fit. Don’t pack or move anything that doesn’t have a dedicated space in your new home. Using portable storage allows you to take your time with these decisions while packing your container at your own pace.

Business Inventory

Portable storage containers are the perfect solution for relocating inventory, expanding warehouse volume, or storing furniture while reconfiguring your office space.

If you are looking for some extra storage space for the exciting events happening in your life, check us out for a free quote! Zippy Shell’s portable storage units and onsite storage containers are perfect for serving any of your storage needs. We can provide onsite storage right at your home or business for easy access to your items or provide portable storage units that we can store in our climate-controlled storage facility.

The Top 10 Best Wintertime Moving Tips

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Wintertime moves can come with their own set of unique challenges. The biggest challenges being the unpredictable weather and the cold temperatures! So what do you do? You expect the best, but prepare for the worst. Be prepared for a wintertime moving day with the following tips.

  • Don’t pack away all of your winter supplies. Place supplies like your shovel, ice scraper, salt, and winter accessories like gloves, scarves, and hats in the car with you. You never know if you will need to clear a path in the snow with the shovel or throw some ice down on the sidewalk to keep everyone safe on moving day.
  • Make sure that all of the utilities at your new home are turned on and actually working before you start moving. We recommend getting everything turned on about two days before your move. You are going to need to be able to heat your new place right away!
  • Allow extra travel time as street conditions can be very unpredictable in the winter. Keep your eyes on traffic reports and use a map app that will adjust your route if there are possible traffic issues that might slow you down.
  • When dealing with a wintery moving day, the goal should be to get everything moved to or from the truck/container and out of the weather as quickly as possible. This means parking your moving vehicle at whatever door you can get physically closest to. This will allow you to move your items quickly and efficiently while also keeping them out of the weather as much as possible.
  • Another way to move items out of the weather quickly is to use an assembly line strategy with a dedicated indoor crew and outdoor crew. The outdoor crew will move items to and from the truck/container and then hand off to the indoor crew. This is an efficient way to move boxes and other smaller items. It also prevents sludge from being tracked inside.
  • In wintery weather, use plastic trash bags, heavy blankets, tarps, and moving pads to wrap items that are not secured in a box. You can add extra layers of protection to electronics or other cold/moisture sensitive items by first wrapping them in blankets and then securely wrapping in plastic to form a protective barrier.
  • Be sure everyone is wearing enough appropriate winter clothing to stay warm and safe. Take special care to keep extremities like your head, hands, and feet warm with hats, gloves, and boots. Consider offering everyone on your crew “hot hands” packets to place in their pockets to warm up frosty fingers.
  • For extra protection, line the entryway to your home with old rugs and towels to catch the sludge off everyone’s shoes. You can also use dry cardboard or newspapers on your floor to protect them from the elements.
  • Keep plenty of dry towels on hand. Use them to quickly dry snow off of any items that could be damaged by excess moisture.
  • Have plenty of hot cocoa or hot cider available to keep your crew warm from the inside out!

Moving in the winter can be a challenge, but it is a challenge that Zippy Shell bravely accepts! Using Zippy Shell portable storage and moving containers allows you to pack and move at your own pace. Call (888) 947-7974 to schedule your move today.

How to Prepare for a Winter Storm

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As the cold weather continues to set in, now is an excellent time to discuss preparing for a snowstorm and low temperatures this winter. Mother Nature plays by her own rules, and there is no way to predict how harsh the weather will be this winter. Below are a few steps anyone can take to ensure that you and your family are ready for a winter storm. Even if you don’t have to use your preparations, knowing you are prepared can bring you peace of mind.

  • Keep a battery-powered radio on hand to stay aware of changing weather conditions as power lines, Wi-Fi, and even cell towers can be knocked out during snow and ice storms. These power loss situations could last a few hours or even a few days, depending on the severity of the issue and weather. Consider an inexpensive and easy-to-use weather radio that will tune into severe weather alerts broadcast by NOAA and the National Weather Service.
  • Before winter storms approach, remove any dangerous or dangling tree branches over your house. Branches that are loaded with snow and ice can easily break, causing damage to your roof.
  • Pipes can crack and burst when cold temperatures cause the water inside to freeze. Protect outdoor water spigots by disconnecting all garden hoses from spigots. If possible, shut down the water supply for outside spigots and drain the remaining water. You can also place an insulated dome around each spigot for further protection.
  • A slow drip on the coldest nights will reduce pressure in the water system. This means that even if a pipe freezes, it will likely not rupture. The best faucet to leave dripping is the one that is the furthest away from the main pipeline that brings water into your house. This will allow more pipes to receive the benefit of the drip.
  • Maintain a stash of emergency supplies. FEMA recommends keeping a two-week supply of food, water, and medications for each family member. Other items to keep in your emergency kit are first-aid supplies, flashlights, and batteries. If your regular stove runs off of electricity, consider keeping a portable camping stove that runs off of propane in your emergency kit. Store extra propane tanks so you don’t run out!
  • Keep a couple of portable battery banks regularly charged that can support your mobile phones and any other crucial electronic equipment during a winter storm power outage.
  • In addition to heavy blankets and sleeping bags, a fireplace or kerosene space heater will be your best solution if the temperature drops below the level of comfort or safety for you during a winter storm power outage.
  • Pre-treat paved surfaces around your home with de-icer, rock salt, sand, or kitty litter if freezing rain or snow is in the forecast,.
  • Make sure you have a snow shovel handy to remove snow as soon as possible from your porch stoops, steps, sidewalks, and driveways.
  • If you must go out, give yourself plenty of time to prevent an automobile accident or a slippery fall. Ice and snow mean “take it slow!” Wear shoes with plenty of traction. You might even want to consider purchasing ice grippers for your shoes if you have to be in wintery conditions frequently. And dress appropriately for the weather!

We hope these tips will keep you safe and warm in your home this winter. Consider Zippy Shell for any short or long-term storage needs you might have this winter. Give us a call at 888-947-7974 or contact us online. We look forward to making moving and storage simple for you!

The Pros and Cons of Living in an Apartment or Condo

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Is the apartment or condo life for you? Both are similar in structure, being an individual unit within a larger residential building, but ownership is the main difference between an apartment and a condo. An apartment is rented while an individual owns a condo. Whether you decide to rent or buy, there are significant pros and cons of living in a multi-family dwelling instead of a single-family residence.

Benefits of Living in an Apartment or Condo Community

  • Less Maintenance – Does the thought of spending your free time cleaning, maintaining a home, and doing chores leave you feeling frustrated and empty? Mowing the lawn, pressure washing the driveway, weeding the flower beds, and cutting back the shrubs will all become a thing of the past in an apartment or condo.
  • Reduced Utilities – Living in an apartment or condo usually means reducing the square footage of your living space which should equate to lower utility bills.
  • Amenities – Many complexes offer upgraded amenities to what you would find in a single-family dwelling. Things like a pool, fitness gym, walking trails, pet spa, tennis courts, clubhouse, beefed-up security, and even a coffee shop can be found on site.
  • Community – Often, living in an apartment or condo complex fosters a greater sense of community. When you live in such close quarters with your neighbors, it is easier to get to know them and spend time with them.

Drawbacks of Living in an Apartment or Condo Community

  • Smaller Dwellings – Space comes at a premium in apartment or condo life. You may be at a point in your life where “bigger is not always better” and “less is more.” But it would be beneficial to look at how you use your living space to determine if everything would fit your new life. Think about any hobbies that require an open-air space like a patio or garage, as those are much harder to find in these communities.
  • Additional Fees – The lack of maintenance and excellent amenities usually come with a price tag in the form of HOA fees or rental fees. You will need to decide if the ease of living and added extras are worth the added fees. Factor these costs into the complete financial summary of each option.
  • Noise Level – Sharing walls, floors, and the ceiling with neighbors can come with its own set of challenges. Many communities have clear expectations of noise regulation hours. Are you willing to abide by the noise regulations and do you have reasonable expectations for the noise levels of your neighbors?
  • Lack of Control – In an apartment or condo, you will not have complete control over decisions regarding building repair, building upgrades, and even some community issues. Many people enjoy not worrying about these items, but others find the lack of control too hard of a pill to swallow. 

Zippy Shell is the perfect solution for those looking to downsize or move into a smaller space. With portable storage, you can forego the hassle of having to drive your extra belongings to a storage location. A storage unit can be delivered to your home, where you can load your belongings into it directly. You can cut your work in half by only loading and unloading one time into portable storage containers versus multiple times with self-storage. Contact us today for answers to any questions you may have!

Decluttering Tasks You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less

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Can you imagine the freedom you would feel living a clutter-free life? Of course, you can! The problem of clutter leaves us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed. But where do you get started in eliminating the clutter? Our best advice is to start with one area at a time and finish de-cluttering that area before moving on to another. This will give you a sense of accomplishment as you see your successes little by little. Making progress towards a clutter-free life doesn’t have to consume your entire day. Check out the list of decluttering tasks below that you can complete in 30 minutes or less.

Choose one a day and watch how quickly the clutter disappears. Arm yourself with a trash bag and a donate box/bag for each task. When your donation box/bag is full, take it to your car and then donate immediately – out of sight, out of mind.

  • Tackle the dressers in your home one drawer at a time. Take everything out of the drawer, evaluate, and only put back your favorites. The rest can be donated or recycled. Set a thirty-minute timer and see how many drawers you can complete.
  • Purge your beauty products. Gathering all your makeup and beauty products into one area will show how much you have. We are all guilty of trying out products, not loving them, but not wanting to get rid of them because it feels wasteful. Be thorough and toss anything you aren’t using. As a bonus, this will make getting ready so much easier because you only have exactly what you need on hand.
  • Take on the task of decluttering your freezer the day before trash day so that if you do have to throw out mystery items or items past their prime, it does not have to sit in the trash for too long. Label everything you place back in your freezer with the contents and the date to make future freezer purgings easier.
  • Challenge yourself to declutter your pantry in 30 minutes or less. Start by removing everything from the pantry, checking expiration dates, and wiping down the shelves. Take special note of the expiration dates in your spice rack. Spices don’t get used up as quickly, but they can lose potency over time and may need replacing. If you have an excess of some items, consider reaching out to elderly family members and neighbors or donating what you don’t need.
  • Declutter the catchall area under your kitchen sink. When was the last time you even looked in there? Pull everything out and give the cupboard itself a cleaning. Next, replace only the items you use and are in good condition.
  • Clear your desktop. Your productivity and effectiveness can be lowered when you work in a cluttered environment. Sort and file papers, then put all other items in their respective spaces.

There are no right or wrong ways to declutter, and there is no single set of rules that you must follow. Just do what works best for you. If you own items that you don’t have room for but want to keep, a mobile storage unit may be exactly what you need. Pack your extra items in a Zippy Shell and send them off to a secure, climate-controlled storage center. Then sit back and breathe a sigh of relief in your clutter-free sanctuary of a home!

Housing Considerations for an Aging Relative

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Many families struggle with the best way to adapt housing to help an aging relative. Whether this means making modifications to keep them in their own home, moving a parent into your home, or moving with an aging parent into a new place altogether, there are many factors to consider. Fortunately, you can take steps throughout the entire process to make the experience easier for your aging relative.

The first step is to have an open discussion. The best thing you can offer to yourself and your aging relative is a candid assessment of the situation. Even if a sudden illness or a financial setback seems to be forcing a decision, it’s worth exploring how that decision will impact the entire family.

Creating a Safe Environment

If the aging relative is in overall good health, there are many things that can help seniors continue to live independently. If you need to make modifications in the home for an older adult, consider hiring professionals with accessibility improvement experience who can complete the work successfully.

  • Decluttering helps clear out rooms and walkways, giving older adults more room to move, hopefully reducing the possibility of trips and falls.
  • Create a more open environment, ensuring all hallways, stairs, and paths are well lit and clear of random objects.
  • Moving kitchen items that are frequently used to lower shelves can prevent older adults from reaching and losing balance or using stools or stepladders to reach what they need.
  • Set the thermostat on the water heater no higher than 120° F to prevent accidental burns.
  • Replace standard doorknobs with lever handles that are easier for older adults to grasp.
  • Thoroughly inspect the stairs looking for uneven steps or wobbly floorboards. Apply non-skid treads on the steps if necessary. You can also paint stair tops contrasting colors, making them easier to see.
  • Install grab bars around the tub, shower, and toilet. You can also get a unique shower chair or bench and a raised toilet seat.

Moving an Aging Relative

Moving is a stressful life event, and it can be even more stressful for older adults. Aging relatives may need a lot of help and support during a move, but they are usually the expert on exactly what they need. Also, be prepared for the emotions. If the move requires a significant amount of downsizing, it can be emotionally and physically challenging. You can eliminate some negative emotions by making sure your aging relative has a fair amount of control over as many aspects of the move as is reasonable. Having others around to share memories with can make the process less painful. Also, engage in regular talks about current feelings and fears of what may come.

Your communication, patience, and support will help make the transition smoother for your aging relative. The most important thing to focus on is their physical and emotional health.

If you are moving an elderly relative to a new home, Zippy Shell is a terrific moving and storage option for you! Zippy Shell can service both local and long-distance moves, no matter how big your move might be. If you need time in between your move or aren’t ready to move just yet, we offer flexible storage options as well. Go online and get a free quote today and see how we can make moving and storage simple for you and your family!