Whether you are recently retired and looking for that perfect retirement or are moving to be closer to your kids, long-distance moves can be stressful for seniors. Not only will be leaving a place you've called home fore years, but you will have to let go of many sentimental objects. Hiring the right Portland long-distance movers can help ease this transition. 

We at Irvington Transfer & Storage (ITS) Global Relocation Services, are experienced in Senior relocations and long-distance relocations. To help you find a company who meets all your needs, we are providing you with some tips to help you narrow down your search.

Find a Company You Can Communicate With

Issues arise during a move. From a change in scheduling to problems with moving trucks, you want to be able to effectively communicate with your movers when a problem does happen. Movers communicate with their clients in a number of ways, including:

  • Video Calls
  • Email
  • Text Message
  • Phone Calls
If you prefer phone calls, it is important to find a moving company who will make sure they call you. 

Leave Yourself Plenty of Time for Downsizing

Letting go of a lifetime's worth of memory-filled belongings can be overwelming. It's not a process you should try to take on in just a few weeks. Not only will the right moving company give you plenty of time to help you make these decisions, but they will also assign you a move coordinator who can help make the sorting process easier. 

In some cases, a moving company may be able to help you drop off the items you choose not to take with you to a local charity. 

Utilize Professional Packing Services

Packing an entire household worth of belongings up and keeping them organized is difficult. If you are planning the move for a senior located in another state, utilizing packing and unpacking services can help ease your stress and your family member's. If you are the one planning the move, professional packers can help make sure you furniture, fragile items, and expensive electronics stay s afe and secure during transport. 

Hire a Mover Experienced with Medical Equipment

If you use medical equipment, such as scooters, hospital beds, motorized lift chairs, etc, it is essential for you to choose a company that has the resources to move these tems. When meeting with potential moving companies, you should ask about the following:

  • how they pack and ship these items
  • what equipment and tools they use to safely transport these items
  • whether or not they have insurance to help protect expensive medical equipment in case damage does occur

Coordinate Transportation of People and Pets

Whichever moving company you choose, you want them to be able to work with you to help the process be smooth for everybody involved: including pets. While your movers can't transport you or your relatives, they can arrange pick up and delivery of your belongings. 
If you are planning a move for a relative, it is important that you are with them on moving day to provide them with transportation. If you are a senior planning the move for yourself and have a pet, keep them with you at all times to prevent them from accidentally escaping. 

Learn More About Hiring ITS Global for Your Senior Long-Distance Relocation

Long-distance moves can be stressful. When you hire ITS Global Relocation Services, it can be less stressful. We offer comprehensive moving services to help seniors and their relatives with their long-distance move, including:

  • Full-Service Packing & Custom Crating
  • Free or Discounted Moving Supplies
  • Climtate-Controlled Short & Long-Term Storage
  • Trained Movers
Our Portland long-distance movers are agents of Bekins Van Lines, meaning we have access to industry-leading vehicles and equipment. We have the training and resources needed to make even the most complicated moves easy. 

You can learn more about our moving services by calling us today. You can also fill out our online form to request a free moving estimate.