Pack n Send Blog

Moving Tips For Seniors: How to Pack and Ship Furniture and Other Belongings

Posted on Fri, Mar 23, 2018

Moving Tips For Seniors: How to Pack and Ship Furniture and Other Belongings


Making the decision to move a parent or grandparent to a smaller space or perhaps assisted living home can be a difficult one. At Pack n Send, we see a fair share of downsizing that comes with age, and so we wanted to provide you with 3 tips on moving a senior into an apartment, senior living center, or nursing home that will help make the transition easier for you and your loved ones.

1) Determine the Size of the New Space

Depending on where you are moving your loved one, you will have varying square footage to work with. When dealing with a nursing home move in Houston, consider that a nursing home can place several residents in the same room. If this is the case for you, you may have very little space to work with and have to find other homes for most of your loved one's belongings. To learn more about the best nursing homes in Houston, check out this ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

If you are simply moving your loved one out of their home to a smaller apartment so they have less space to care for, you may be working with a little less than 1000 square feet for a one bedroom apartment or a little over 1000 square feet for a two bedroom apartment. Again, this is likely much less space than your loved one had before, so not all of their furntiture will be able to make the transition!

2) Sort Through Belongings and Furniture

To downsize requires getting rid of a lot of possessions and furniture. As seniors age, they may be relieved to have less things to care for, but it can still be emotional and painful to let go and move on. If your loved one is having a hard time letting things go, you may want to consider having them read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. This book helps readers discard, declutter, or downsize by focusing on what to keep instead of what to get rid of and only keeping items that spark joy.

3) Send or Store Belongings and Furniture

After your loved one has decided what they want to keep, the rest needs to find a new home! You can pack and ship items to other family members, including shipping small amounts of furniture. You can also place things in storage, which will allow you to go through them at a later time, perhaps when more family can be present. The right shipping company will carefully help you redistribute possessions to other family members or even take items to storage for you if needed.

Pack n Send is Here to Help Make the Transition Easier

At Pack n Send, we frequently help families navigate nursing home moves in Houston and senior downsizing. Please contact us today to see how we can help make the transition easier for you and your loved ones!


Request a  Shipping Quote

Tags: Senior Moving, Assisted Living Moving, Houston Shipping, Moving a Small Amount of Furniture

Art Dealers, Senior Moving, and Households Need Professional Movers

Posted on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Planning a move can be overwhelming and exhausting. If an individual has more than a simple carload of belongings, he or she will have to plan ahead to have boxes, packing materials, and moving equipment before they have even packed the first box.

Next comes the physical act of packing, ensuring that fragile items are carefully wrapped to prevent breaking and that family and friends do not pack spices in with favorite leather shoes. 

Then it is time to load the truck with boxes, heavy furniture, and all the miscellaneous odds and ends. It is exhausting even to think about it. It is much easier to prepare and manage a move with the help of professional movers.

While everyone can benefit from the services an experienced moving company, there are three types of people who should never consider a move without professional help. 

Collectors of Fine Art and Antiques

Individuals who collect fine arts and antiques will want his or her investments carefully packaged and handled by those who have the knowledge and experience needed to ensure that they arrive at their new home safely.

Professional movers have the special packing materials and equipment to package and move fragile items, antiques, paintings and those larger hard to warp items like sculptures and statues. A collector invested time and money in his or her chosen pieces and will not want to put them at risk of damage or destruction. 

Using a professional mover for specialty items is even more important if items are going to be stored for any length of time prior to being moved or if a relocation plan includes more than a simple trip across town. Specialty items may need to be specially packed to prevent damage. from moisture and/or stored and moved in climate-controlled trucks.  Delete this

The Elderly and Infirm

Moving is not an easy job. It takes both mental planning and physical endurance. For those who find themselves unable to physically pack and move their belongings due to illness or inability to lift and carry heavy items safely, senior moving is the answer. 

Depending on the help of family and friends is not always the best answer when planning a move. Even those with the best intentions may have scheduling conflicts, fall ill, or not have the stamina needed to pack and move large household items.

Packing means a lot of bending, lifting, and other repetitive movements that can be detrimental to those who suffer from certain medical conditions. Moving is stressful enough without adding risk to a person’s health.   You can have professional movers pack and un pack your belongings.

For more information about why to choose senior moving, see 5 Reasons You Should Seek Help for Senior Moving.


Photo by Benjamin Jakabek


Multi-Family or Large Households

Those with large or multi-family households will benefit from the use of professional movers who can sort and pack belongings efficiently, making moves run smoother and more effectively. Another benefit from using a moving service team is the ability to have all items, even heavy furniture, loaded with ease. Depending on the time required for the move, larger trucks or more than one truck can be used to cut down on the time it takes to move from point A to point B. 

If a family is planning a multi-location move, with some members relocating to one home and others to a different area, a professional moving company can make easy work of the divide and conquer method to have everyone in their new home before they know it. 

Regardless of whether a move falls into one of these three categories, anyone who has an apartment or house full of items, or simply just heavy items to be moved can reduce physical and mental stress with the services of a professional moving company.


Request a Senior Moving Quote

Tags: Senior Moving

Senior Moving - Five Reasons You Should Seek Help

Posted on Thu, Apr 24, 2014

You may know, or at least suspect, that you will need help relocating a senior. Whether the senior is moving into an apartment, with a relative, to a senior living center or a nursing home you will want help from a professional senior mover. Here are five reasons to confirm that for you.

• Guidance:

An experienced senior mover will be able to help guide you and the senior as to what items will fit in their new living situation and what will not fit. In most cases the senior will own more items than they will be able to take with them. It can be hard to determine what is a reasonable amount to fit but a professional mover will have experience in this and will be able to provide guidance.
• Professional Packing and Moving:

You will want the items that are going to be moved to be handled correctly. The things that have been selected to move to the new location will be items of value to the senior. You will want to have them professionally packed and moved to ensure they arrive in the same condition they were in before packing.
• Move Items to Multiple Locations:

Since not everything will be able to be moved to the new living location it will likely be necessary to ship items to multiple locations. Some items may end up going to storage but you may find that some furniture and art should be shipped to children and grandchildren in other places. A professional senior mover can help provide shipping to relatives all over the U.S. and even in international locations. There are a few options here. A white glove mover may be called for. As an alternative, you may consider freighting your senior’s furniture to an out of town location.
• Ease the Transition:

A professional senior mover will be able to ease the transition. This will likely be a stressful time for your family and specifically the loved one being relocated. A senior mover will know how to handle the situation with compassion and patience.
• Facilitate the Process:

Families can have conflicts when trying to determine what to move and how to move it. With a professional senior mover helping they can aid in facilitating the process. The professional mover won't make the decisions but can help guide the family to make the process stress free. The transition will be easier than if you attempted to do it on your own.

At Pack n Send we have experience with senior moves and would be happy to help your family through the transition. Please Contact Us to learn more.


Tags: Senior Moving

Shipping for Seniors Made a Little Easier

Posted on Fri, Nov 01, 2013

As you near retirement age and beyond, you might be thinking it is time to downsize your home.

 Whether you simply want to move into a smaller place and get rid of some old furniture, you plan to move in with one of your children, or you are going to senior living facility, finding a place you can trust for the move is important. This is especially true if you need a company
which can help you move your possessions to various locations.

You might think that the distance and location of your new home will influence what items you decide to keep and what items you decide to give away. No so says a Houston shipping company. 

There are companies that specialize in both moving and freighting small amounts of furniture.  Even if you are moving overseas, furniture can be either loaded on a pallet and shipped via cubic meter, or shipped inside of a container for ocean shipping. While air shipping is an option and is a quick way to have your possessions arrive, it is usually a move costly option.

The first thing that you should do is get a feel for your new living space.  If you are moving into an apartment or a family’s home, ask for the layout including the size of the rooms that you will occupy. Once you have this information, it will help make the next step much easier.

 If you are moving to a small one bedroom apartment with only a tiny living room, decide what furniture you need to keep. Maybe you will only be able to keep one out of three of your couches.

You may have to give sentimental items to others who you know will appreciate them.

Giving your precious china cabinet to your daughter and your beautiful dining room table to your son now might be a good idea.

A company which understands shipping for seniors can help you out. They can do the packing and shipping for you. They can also help you understand what will comfortably fit into your
new living space. If you look at the floor plan of your new residence, you will be able to ship only the items that will fit inside your new residence.  Overcrowding will just result in you having to make decisions later about what you really want and need to keep.

Although children, grandchildren, friends, and can be helpful in making the decision about what you should and should not keep, do not allow them to make the decision for you. You know what items are important to you. Moving can be difficult enough without the
pain of giving up items which you really want to keep. This is especially true
if you are moving from a home you have loved for decades to a place which is
simply a house and not yet a home for you.

If you are moving into a much smaller place, and do not have space for everything, you might want to consider photographing all of the items that will not fit inside your new home. If you
put all of these photographs in a book, you will still be able to look at these items and enjoy them still. You can share with friends and family many of the items that are important to you.

You can even take pictures of the residence that you are leaving, including furniture that you are unable to take with you. While the buffet may be with your youngest son’s family, you can
still show it off and discuss it with your people in your new neighborhood.

 If you have any questions about senior moving,please feel free to contact us at pack n send in Houston, TX.


Tags: Senior Moving, Moving Small Amounts of Furniture

Professional Packers and Movers Make Senior Moving Easy

Posted on Wed, Oct 16, 2013


Moving can be a hassle, especially if you are a senior trying to get it done on your own. You must pack up everything, load it, move it, and then unpack it at your new location. Wouldn't
you prefer your move to be smooth, easy and hassle free? It can be when you
hire packers and movers with experience in senior moving  and elderly moving. 

Professional packers and movers offer a range of convenient services for a cost that's probably more economical than you might think. 

All the boxes and bubble wrap you need

You could spend days gathering boxes, bubble wrap, tape, paper, and other packing supplies. But why would you when your mover can supply them at a reasonable price.

With the right supplies you can do your own packing, or you can choose to have professional packers do it for you. A team will carefully wrap, pack and cushion every precious item --just as
carefully as you would-- while you sit back and relax.

Caring the way you do

You've spent decades collecting the perfect household furnishings and accessories. You take good care of them because they hold a lifetime of memories. When you move, you want them handled with tender loving care.

Professional packers and movers can do that for you. They will make certain that each item is packed securely and protectively cushioned. They will care for your belongings the way you do,
because it’s their job.

Equipment and manpower

Moving requires a lot of resources: a big truck, able-bodied movers, dollies, hand trucks, straps, moving blankets and more. And when the hard loading, lifting and unloading is done, someone will have to clean out the truck, gas it up and drive it back across town. Professional movers can supply all of the manpower you need, and they'll bring the equipment to get your move done right.  

Saving your valuable time

Whether you're downsizing to a smaller home or settling into a new senior community, moving is a necessary task. You could probably get it done all by yourself, but wouldn't you prefer
to spend your valuable time having fun with friends and family?

For more information about making moves easier for senior citizens, please fell free to  Contact us  at pack n send in houston.

Free photo - women wife person available in our free stock photos


Tags: Senior Moving, Assisted Living Moving

Overcoming the Challenges Posed by Senior Moving

Posted on Thu, Sep 26, 2013

Moving can be challenging under ordinary circumstances, but it becomes even more challenging when it involves senior citizens. Whether you are helping a parent relocate to a new residence or moving your mom or dad into your own home, there are some steps you can take in order to overcome the challenges that are posed by senior moving.

Consider any medications or mobility aids that are needed on a daily basis when planning the move. That
way, you won’t end up placing them on the back of a moving truck if you need them to get from the old residence to the new one. If you have medical equipment such as glucose meters that need to be used upon arrival, be sure these are located on the back of the truck so that they can be accessed right

When seniors move some distance away, it might be necessary to find new medical providers. Some preplanning can go a long way toward ensuring the good health of your loved one in a new location. Do some research ahead of time to find doctors that honor certain insurance plans, are reputable, and currently accepting new patients. You may even want to go ahead and make an initial appointment with a physician so that the two of them can get acquainted. That way, a new provider can be found right away if your loved one doesn’t seem to click with this doctor.

For many seniors, moving means leaving family and friends that they have been acquainted with for quite
some time. Finding social programs in a given area is important if older adults are to feel like they are a part of their new community. If your loved one is moving to a retirement community, there may already be several programs in place that will provide socialization. If not, you can check with local church groups and community centers in order to find activities to participate in.

Moving heavy furniture or boxes of household goods may not be practical for many senior citizens to do.
Fortunately, you can contact us to provide reliable and affordable senior moving  services in the Houston area and beyond.

Tags: Senior Moving, Elderly Moving

Senior Moving- Assisted Living-Moving Small Amounts of Furniture

Posted on Mon, Sep 09, 2013


5 reasons to hire a professional mover (even for a small move)

 So you're going to make a small move in Houston or in the rest of the world. Perhaps from a temporary apartment to a new home, or maybe moving from a sibling's home (where you've camped out a couple of months) to a place of your own. You don't have a huge amount of
stuff, and you figure you could move it all yourself and save a little money.

But think for a moment about the advantages of hiring a professional mover, even for a small move. Here are five to consider:

1. Efficiency - Professional movers have the benefit of experience behind
them. This means they have a proven system--from packing to loading, unloading
and installing your items--that will help you get your belongings to their new
destination in the most organized and systematic manner.

2. Safety - Your glassware, furniture, artwork and other valuable
items will have the best chance of arriving safely at your new home if you get
professional help. Heavy items can be difficult and risky to move if you don't
have the experience. Professionals will know how to handle such items safely,
and you keep your back and limbs safe from possible injury. 

3. Accountability - Yes, your friends may be willing to lend you a hand, but
if they break your mother's crystal, who's going to be accountable? Working
with a mover, you have the option of getting valuation coverage for your property,
so you can feel secure during the moving process.

4. Fast - If you've ever undertaken a "small move"
before, you know how a deceptively small pile of items can take many hours if
not days to move yourself. With a professional mover, you schedule the time and
day, and an experienced crew can get you out of your old place and into your
new home in a short period of time. So you can move on with your life.

5. Cost-effective - With a professional mover, you ensure the safety of your
items, you save time and energy, and you avoid the possibility of personal
injury. Most movers will be happy to offer you a free estimate--it won't cost
you anything to get one for your small move, and you may be pleasantly
surprised how cost-effective it can be.

For seniors who are downsizing when they move, we recommend choosing a company that can also freight furniture to family members who live in other cities.

For more information about both small moves and senior moving, please feel free to contact pack n send in Houston at 713 266 1450.


Free photo - women wife person available in our free stock photos

Tags: Senior Moving, Assisted Living Moving