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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!


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

Ways to Improve Shipping Furniture to Family Members

Posted on Fri, Dec 06, 2013

Whether you're downsizing or being deployed, or you need help wth Senior & Elderly Moving you may find shipping furniture to family members a necessary task at some point in life. Well-loved furniture, including precious heirlooms may need to be professionally packed. Don't hope your things make it; have some confidence by improving how you ship large items like furniture. For furniture look for a company that specializes in both furniture freighting and also furniture moving. There are companies that move small amounts of furniture all over the world. For delicate items, consider hiring a professional packing company to pack these items for you.

When planning to ship furniture, start with the dimensions. Before you begin calling furniture moving companies, take measurements and write them down.  Length, width and height. Shipping companies will need this information for pricing and for giving advice.  If you want to improve your shipping experience, you need to know the exact dimensions of each piece of furniture.

Talk to your family about what you'll be sending. It may have been a few years since your sister saw that old family hutch. Does she really appreciate how tall it is? Will the color of the furniture that you are sending fit in with her homes color scheme? Send those dimensions to your family member and ask them to verify that the item will fit where they  intend to use or store it. It's also a good idea to send high resolution photos of the item, just in case your family member is not clear which piece you will be sending.

Purchase the right shipping supplies. When shipping furniture, you'll need more than tape! Since furniture is typically large, even bulky, you may need to purchase  shipping and packing supplies like custom fit boxes, or blankets to use for wrapping your furniture. If you intend to prepare the item for shipping yourself, you may also need heavy duty skids or a hand truck. No matter what you're shipping, from an infant crib to a credenza, you can successfully deliver the item safely into the hands of your loved one.

As an alternative to shipping the furniture on your own, you can look for a company that can freight or move your furniture. With furniture freighting, the furniture is loaded onto a pallet and then shipped via freight. You can request either curbside delivery, or inside white glove delivery. You can also request that the furniture is loaded onto a moving truck that specializes in moving small amounts of furniture across country.

Need a bit more advice before getting started? Please feel free to -Contact Us at pack n send at 713 266 1450.



Tags: cross country moving company, Moving a Small Amount of Furniture

You Need Small Movers, Even When You Think You Don't

Posted on Thu, Sep 19, 2013

 When you are moving a small amount of furniture, it might seem easy at first glance. You think to yourself, "I'll just load up the car or rent a larger mini-van and that will be all I need." However, this plan almost always turns out badly for several reasons:

  • You have more stuff than you think.
  • You rarely organize beforehand, because you think it
         will be easy.
  • You have to live in a disorganized manner for several
         weeks or more to follow and
  • You wind up spending random money on things like
         storage or even last-minute moving help

However, most people only do this one time. Either they make sure in the future
to absolutely, only have a car or small mini-van full of stuff to move, or they
wisely plan and hire help beforehand for the next time. If you're really wise,
you won't put yourself through this misery even once. A small move is still a
move, and you can make your move a headache or a breeze. The choice is up to

Making Your Small Move a Breeze

Basically, the key is to treat your small move like a larger move. However, when you take the same steps, the process will move quickly because you have less stuff. There are four simple
steps: Planning and Packing, Clearing Out, Creature Comforts and Review.

Planning and Packing - Planning entails both setting aside and a little packing. You can do the planning yourself or hire a company to help you.

Basically, in the planning phase, you decide what the most special and delicate items are and make sure that they are packed properly by you, or you hire a professional packing company to pack them for you.

During this time, you should also set aside bags of items that you will need right away after moving like toiletries, kids toys, a few outfits for you and your family, and perishable foods.
Once you do the setting aside, either you can do the packing yourself or hire a moving company to do that for you.

Clearing Out - Clearing out is an important way to make your small move easy. Basically, you just get rid of everything that's going to get in your way or the mover's way during the move. This step can include, removing potted plants, floor mats, low hanging decorations and tree branches if necessary, opening door locks, propping doors open, clearing cords out of the way, making sure all walkways are clear of outdoor toys and yard machines and making sure that everyone involved will have a place to park. Dump all trash and create large, empty trash bags for moving trash only.

Creature Comforts - It's always a good idea to have water for yourself and the movers available.  

Review - After you're moved out, make a final sweep of the place and make sure everything is gone.

  We know what it takes to make your small move simple and headache free. If you have any
questions about moving a small amount of furniture, please feel free to contact us here at pack n send.


Tags: Small Move, Moving a Small Amount of Furniture