For seniors who are looking to downsize and buy a more manageable house where they can enjoy retirement and age in place, the process of leaving a family home can seem daunting. However, the advantages of living in a smaller home with lower energy bills and less maintenance far outweigh the disadvantages of staying put.

 

Check out some great tips that can help you through the process.

 

Hire Help for Your Move

 

One of the best things you can do to make downsizing go smoothly is hire a specialist who will guide you through every step of the process. Working with an experienced real estate agent, or even a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) at Come On Home Colorado LLC, will ensure you get the best possible price for your current home and find the best abode for retirement. It’s also a good idea to work with professional movers to do the heavy lifting of packing, transporting, and unpacking all of your belongings.

 

What can a real estate agent do for me?

What do professional movers do?

How to find the best movers in your area.

 

Downsize Your Existing Home

 

When seniors downsize, they also need to de-clutter and sort through years of possessions. When you start entertaining the idea of relocating, start going through your items and de-cluttering your home. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to make some of the tougher decisions about what to keep and what to let go of.

 

How seniors can downsize their belongings.

How to de-clutter before a move.

What to do with all the stuff I don’t want to move to my new home.

How to create a packing timeline when you’re moving .

Most efficient way to pack your house.

 

Consider Your New Location Carefully

 

If you don’t have a particular location in mind for your retirement, start researching the best place to live for this new chapter in your life. You may want to consider factors like cost of living, proximity to loved ones, and climate when choosing a region of the country. From there, narrow down which cities and even neighborhoods will be right for you based on safety ratings as well as important nearby amenities.

 

Best places for seniors to retire.

Learn about the benefits of walkable neighborhoods for seniors.

Get familiar with the local housing market.

Research the prices of different senior communities and assisting living facilities.

How to look up the crime rate of an area where I want to move.

 

Many seniors benefit from moving to a smaller home once their children have moved out. However, by starting the process as early as possible, hiring the right help, and being mindful of the home and location you choose, you’ll find a fantastic new place that will meet all of your needs during your golden years.

 

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Post Contributed by: 

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