Moving house tips for the physically challenged


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Moving house tips for the physically challenged

Today, millions of people all over the world are living with physical disabilities. And as you are aware, anyone who has moved understands the complexities involved and the planning, preparation and packing process that starts long before the removal men arrive. For disabled people it is even more wearisome and frustrating. Here are some guidelines, which can make moving easier for the physically challenged.

Pre-move tips

Check for moving cost discounts – Moving home is a costly activity. However, there are some programs and organisations that offer financial assistance to the physically challenged moving house. Also don’t be shy about asking the moving company for a discount, they are humans after all and would be more than happy to assist in reducing the financial costs. Assess your new home – some key questions you need to know first; is your new home adaptable? is it situated on the ground floor? if not is there a lift available? are the hallways wide enough? are the door wide enough? are there lever handles instead of knobs? if you have a wheelchair cab it move freely in the property?   These are common sense questions if you have been living with a condition for a period of time, but for those who have recently diagnosed relatives these are the key points to consider. Speak to local social services as there are Government grants available to convert a property for challenged individuals. If you are renting you need to know your rights when it comes to making alterations to the property with the landlords permission of course.

Are there any healthcare services in your new area? – You need to check out the locations of health care facilities, doctors’ facilities, chemists and other medical centres in the neighbourhood you are moving into.

Refill prescriptions – Days before the move, ensure that you get all your prescriptions filled just in case the area you are moving lack them. It may be your local chemist stocks based on ‘your’ requirements whereas another may not, this will give enough supplies until you establish a good medical centre / chemist to collect your medications from.

Utilities – Get connected prior to your move. Have electricity, water, and a phone line ready in place.

Moving period

Discuss your needs and situation with the removal company you choose. It is vital for them to understand your special needs so that they can determine how the entire moving process will be executed. For example, the layout of your home may need extra moving care, in addition, when you contact them earlier, they can easily determine the right equipment and number of men to use during the move.

Packed bag containing important accessories – consider having a separate bag packed with toiletries, extra clothing and any equipment or medication you may require until you are fully settled in your new home.

Seek assistance – You need someone on standby to assist you when the removal people arrive, as well as when you get to your new property, you will need some assistance positioning your furniture in your preferred layout and any other last minute changes after the movers have left. Remember, it is important to have an inventory to list all your items.

Always remain keen – Remain focused during the entire packing and unpacking period. when filling boxes make sure they are not in your way or easy to trip over once full as they will be difficult to move. Keep cables tied or rolled up and not laying on the floor where they can become a hazard.

Pick a caring moving company – This is the most important aspect of moving when it comes to the physically challenged. If you choose a hard-hearted and an uncaring removal company, you will end up being frustrated.  At BYMV we will provide you with a man and a van who is sensitive and considerate to moving with disabilities. Feel free to consult us on 020 3327 7300

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