It’s a fact. People will move. For the past 2 million years when the migration of mankind began, movement has been a part of humanities’ history. People move for various reasons. Some out of necessity, as our migratory ancestors who moved for reasons such as climate change. Others move for voluntarily reasons, such as personal growth, still others for adventure. Whatever the reason, statistics say that the average person will move at least 12 times in their lifetime.
WHY PEOPLE MOVE TODAY
Today, we still have moves that are related to necessity. At least 40% of moves in the United States are job-related. Not to mention that renters move more often than owners. Research shows that currently 38% of our households are renters and that the majority of those moves are those in search of lower rental fees. Thus, economics play a huge part in the decision to move.
Both personal growth and personal loss can have an influence on whether one moves. This is especially true of local moves. Two-thirds of the total moves in the United States are local. Though one is happy with their current city or town, there are numerous reasons one will decide to move locally. Such a move would include those who need either a larger or smaller space; those who have either an increase or decrease in income; or even those who have a change within their household’s relationships, such as death, divorce or children moving out of the home.
IT’S A FACT: PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF
Moving, of course, means you have to pack up your belongings and take them with you. The complexity of this process is related to the number of belongings one has accumulated. Statistics show the average person’s household belongings in the United States weigh at least 6,500 pounds.
The fluctuation of this number is naturally related to the number of rooms you have within your home. If you have a one-bedroom home, that weight is reduced to approximately 3, 500 pounds. However, if you have a larger home with four to five bedrooms, that weight will increase to 10,000 to 12,000 pounds. That’s a lot of stuff.
Please slow your beating heart, America, because our Canadian neighbors are reported to have more ‘stuff’ than those in the United States. Currently, Canada has a booming storage unit industry due to the excess of possessions they own.
MOVING FACTS ABOUT SENIORS
Between 30% and 50% of those over the age of 50 will relocate. Many seniors will relocate due to climate (we have now come full circle back to our migratory ancestors - LOL). However, the accumulation of too many belongings can become problematic when one moves, especially for those who are elderly. One of the major reasons an elderly person moves is in order to move into a smaller and, therefore, more manageable home. One’s amount of possessions is sometimes a deterrent in moving. This is why it is important to downsize prior to moving, especially when you are moving to a smaller location.
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