Moving to a New Home? 3 Considerations for Wheelchair Users


Certain fundamentals apply to moving day, regardless of whoever is moving. These include considerations such as decluttering to get rid of the junk that you certainly won't need in your new home, as well as getting started well ahead of time (because the moving process always involves more time and effort than you initially think). If you're in a wheelchair, there are additional factors to consider which can make the moving experience as pleasurable and as stress-free as it can be.

Packing Your Items

It's the most expensive option, but considering that it eliminates a great deal of stress from the process—it can well be worth it. Talk to your removalist and ask if they offer a packing service. They'll arrive before the moving truck and will efficiently and safely pack your possessions, ready to be loaded into the truck. This service certainly makes life easier for someone in a wheelchair, although you might wish to pack your essentials yourself, such as toiletries, medication, a change of clothes—basically anything you will need for your first night in your new home.

Moving Day

On moving day, your removalist company needs to account for your wheelchair. This isn't especially complicated and is simply a matter of ensuring that boxes and other items don't block your access in any way. Even though this placement will be temporary before boxes are loaded onto the truck, they must be positioned so adequate space remains for you to manoeuvre your wheelchair. It's just a case of reminding your removalist company that they need to account for your wheelchair on the day.


Whether you're utilising an unpacking service or you're getting assistance from family and friends, it's important to perform a final inspection of your new home before you can consider the job to be finished. You need to confirm that all relevant items are accessible and that heavy furniture has been placed in the correct position. If there's anything that requires installation at your new home, such as grab rails in your shower or around the toilet, be sure that you have the necessary assistance so that these items are installed and ready for use when you move into your new home.

Everyone needs some help when they're moving to a new home, but for those in a wheelchair, this help arguably becomes even more important. This is why it's crucial to plan ahead so you can be sure that your new home is ready for wheelchair-friendly habitation.


22 April 2021

Moving on a budget

Moving can be really expensive! But I move regularly for one reason or another, and I've become pretty good at moving on a budget. I can always find a cheap removalist and get some great deals on packing supplies. I also have some good tips on smart packing to reduce the amount of boxes that you need to move, which can help to minimise the costs as well. People are always impressed with my budgeting mojo, so I thought it would be good to start a blog to share my tips as well as create a place for others to share their ideas on moving on a budget.