Moving with special needs can be challenging. But it isn’t impossible. A little preparation goes a long way. Here’s how. 

9 Tips for Moving with Special Needs

Moving with a disability is much like any other move. Success hinges on planning well, the right assistance, and care. Here are nine of our top tips to make it a success.

1. Assess Your Needs

Assess your needs when shopping for a new place to buy or rent. 

  • Do you need a one-level home? 
  • Will you need to be close to public transportation? 
  • How close is the place you are considering to the services you need?
  • Does the layout accommodate your needs?
  • If not, does your budget allow for modifications?

2. Address Accessibility Needs Ahead of Time

Your new place should be easy for you to move around, use the bathroom, and go about your daily life. Use a home accessibility checklist to avoid unnecessary stress. It covers everything from ramps and slopes to parking, halls, and bedrooms. 

3. Apply for Financial Assistance 

Financial assistance may be available. You can apply for various resources and grants to assist you in relocating. Here are some links to helpful resources. 

4. Plan Ahead for Benefits & Services

Contact insurance providers and other organizations if you’re moving to a different state. Make sure you can retain the same services once you relocate. 

5. Make Accommodations Before Moving In

Make any special accommodations to your new house before moving in. Hire professionals who can complete the work successfully. 

6. Locate Health Care Services

Make a list of the nearest emergency care facilities, pharmacies, primary care physicians, and other specialists you use regularly. Include their location and phone number. Post the list alongside a list of personal emergency contacts. 

Refill all your prescriptions before moving, so you have one less thing to worry about. 

7. Create a Moving Checklist

Make the moving easier with a moving checklist to help you organize tasks and simplify the process. Break the tasks into bite-sized pieces that you can accomplish in shorter amounts of time. 

8. Learn Your Renter’s Rights

If you’re moving into a rental and living with a disability, understand your rights. According to the Fair Housing Act, your landlord cannot discriminate based on your disability or ask discriminatory questions surrounding it. 

You’re also legally protected and within your rights to ask for reasonable accommodations related to your needs that help improve your quality of life. For example, you can ask for a closer parking space or have a service animal that doesn’t allow animals on their property. 

9. Hire the Right Moving Company

Hiring the right moving company can be helpful for everyone. However, it can make all the difference when you have special needs. Full-service professional movers are the way to make moving as quick, safe, and efficient as possible. 

Do you live in Northwest Arkansas and plan to relocate? We can help! Whether you are moving across town or the state, RL Maxon Moving will make your move as stress-free as possible. Contact us for a FREE estimate, and let’s get moving! 479.756.0850