Guest Article written by Michael Longsdon from ElderFreedom.net
Moving into a smaller, more manageable home can be a gift during our golden years. However, it can be a hassle to handle all of the hard work and planning that this process entails. Here are several ways you can make this experience a little easier.
Do Your Research
Before moving to a new community, do some research. Depending on distance, you may not be able to visit each prospective area in person. Go online and look at statistics for things like crime, growth, and quality of life. Also, consider the average price of homes versus what you will make when you sell. That may or may not be within your anticipated budget for the size you desire. Once your options are narrowed, visit places you haven't before. Make sure there are amenities close by. This includes hospitals, good public transportation, and a well-run senior center. After all, you don't want to feel isolated or end up regretting your choices.
Sort Your Things
Letting go of a lifetime of possessions can be difficult. Nostalgia can often make it hard to get rid of things we don't use anymore. Yet, by taking pictures of family heirlooms, we can preserve them without weighing ourselves down. You can then have loved ones go through the belongings you need to let go. They can take what speaks to them, and you know these objects will go to good homes. This is also the perfect time to let go of clothing that no longer fits or that you don't wear. You can give unwanted books to the library so someone will enjoy them. Donating things still in good condition lets you give back to your community and say goodbye.
Pack with Ease
The first thing you should do is make a checklist of all that you need to accomplish. This way, you can stay focused and get tasks done on time. Packing can seem overwhelming due to sheer volume. Make it easier to start by first packing items you won't use soon. This should include clothing designed for different seasons and items in storage, such as holiday decorations. Next, go for décor, such as artwork and decorative hand towels. As the moving date nears, begin packing things you use daily. Label boxes clearly, and prepare an overnight bag of essentials you’ll need the morning after the move.
Hire Quality Movers
Hiring professionals is the best way to keep your belongings safe and moved on time. However, you need to prepare and research before you make a commitment. Friends may have suggestions, but don't rely on this alone. Look at reviews online. Once you have a few companies in mind, write down a list of questions to ask before you call them. Ask about licensing and registrations, but also what their rate per mile is. If they charge by short distance, such as foot, look elsewhere. Always confirm what additional fees they have and get your estimates in writing. These steps can protect you and your household and make the big move much smoother.
Enjoy Your New Home
You can ease your transition by keeping on top of your organization. By having all boxes clearly labeled, you can also unpack your things quickly. Before you settle, get a feel for the area by reaching out to potential neighbors. This can seem intimidating at first, but they may help you out with the moving process. At the very least, if you make connections early, you can avoid loneliness. This is especially important if you are not near family or friends.
It takes a lot of preparation, but you can make the move to your dream retirement property. With the right research, you can find the home you have always wanted. It's time to live life on your terms, so make sure you have a great game plan in place!
Michael Longsdon has made it his mission to help locate resources, events, and engagement opportunities to help enrich the lives of seniors.
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