Whether you’re moving locally or out-of-state, getting settled into a new place always takes a bit of an adjustment. This adjustment period can be even more challenging for seniors who are navigating significant lifestyle changes, like downsizing or embracing community living. Luckily for you, we’ve listed several tips to help you smooth out the process, from hiring a great real estate agent to meeting your new neighbors. Check out the quick guide below to learn more!

 

Find Your Perfect Home

 

It can take time to find that house that just feels perfect to you, but when you do, you will feel at home quickly.

 

  • Take the time to find a real estate agent who has your best interests in mind and genuinely cares about fitting you into the perfect home.
  • Think about what kind of home features you will need to age in place safely and comfortably.
  • Connect with Come on Home Colorado to work with a Seniors Real Estate Specialist who can help you find a home for your current and future needs.
  • When house-hunting, watch for telling signs that you’ve found the right house for you.
  • Senior house-hunters may want to consider downsizing or moving to a walkable neighborhood.

 

Tackle That Moving To-Do List

 

To reduce moving-day stress, try to get as much done as possible ahead of time. Here are some key to-do list items to tackle early.

 

  • Research and compare your new internet service options so you can get the best bang for your buck.
  • Contact your utility providers to cancel or transfer your service.
  • Find a local DMV office so you can update your license and registration immediately after moving.
  • Remember to forward your mail so you don’t miss any important letters.
  • Hire licensed movers with great reviews so you can avoid moving-day problems and subsequent unpacking headaches.

 

Explore Your New Neighborhood

 

Relocating to an unfamiliar neighborhood can leave you feeling a little lost and disconnected. Take some time to explore and meet your neighbors!

 

  • Spend a day or two pretending that you’re a tourist in your new town.
  • When the weather is nice, take a stroll around your block and introduce yourself to people working in their yards.
  • One of the best ways to make friends in a new place is to participate in activities that interest you, whether it’s golf, photography, or playing chess in the park.
  • You could even host a housewarming party to meet your neighbors and make a few new friends.

 

There’s nothing easy about uprooting your retirement life, packing all of your stuff into cardboard boxes, and moving somewhere unfamiliar. It’s completely normal to feel overwhelmed, no matter how many times you’ve been through this before. Get those mundane moving tasks out of the way and start exploring your new area. You’ll feel at home before you know it!

 

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Post Contributed by: 

Hazel Bridges, hazel@agingwellness.org, AgingWellness.org