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Professional Residential Mover Tips: Preparing to Move When You Are Disabled

The process of moving starts long before your mover in Chicago shows up to your home on moving day. Preparing and planning a move requires getting organized, whether you have a disability or not. If you do have a disability, you need to allow extra time to ensure you are ready and prepared when your movers arrive using the following tips:

  1. Make a To Do List

Being organized means keeping track of what you need to do to get ready for your move. It is very helpful to have a “To Do” list that shows all the tasks and things you need to get done. Some of the more common things to include are:

  • Get quotes from professional movers and hire a moving and storage
  • Get rid of unwanted or unneeded items.
  • Obtain packing materials and boxes.
  • Schedule the transfer of utilities.
  • Submit a change of address and forward mail request to the post office.
  • Notify any government agencies of your new address, like Social Security.
  • Start packing items you will not need until after the move.

Handicapped woman in wheelchair

  1. Check with Local Agencies/Nonprofits for Moving Assistance Options

You can find local government agencies and nonprofits that provide moving assistance for people with disabilities. This could include helping pay the cost to hire a professional moving company, supplying people to help you pack and unpack, providing packing materials and boxes, and so on. Just make sure that when you contact various agencies you are specific about what help you need.

  1. Confirm Transportation Options

If you rely upon public transportation to get around town, you will want to know where the nearest bus stop or rail station is located ahead of time. You may also want to get schedules to know the hours of operation and whether you need to make any transfers.

  1. Verify Your New Home Is Accessible

You need to do an assessment of your new home before you move in to confirm it is accessible, based on your disability. Are the doorways wide enough if you have a wheelchair? Are there handrails in the bathroom and hallways? Are the countertops the right height? Do you need ramps to get into or out of the home?

disabled young man in wheelchair in the kitchen

If not, you will want to make sure to take care of these things before you move in. Just like with moving assistance, there are government agencies and nonprofits that can provide assistance in making any alterations you require.

  1. Pack a Suitcase

Unpacking can take a little longer, and you will not want to be without things you need right away. You should pack clothing, toiletries, and other such items to last three or four days. Remember to also include any medications you require in your suitcase.

For assistance in planning a residential move when you are disabled, or to request a free moving quote, please feel free to contact the proud mover of the Chicago Cubs, Midway Moving & Storage at (866) 693-4148 today!