Real Estate Downsizing May 15, 2020

How to Navigate Moving and Downsizing as a Senior

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by Michael Longsdon

Moving to a new home is an exciting, yet daunting task. Not only do you have to decide where to live, you also need to think about the logistics of moving. Because most seniors choose to move into smaller homes or units, downsizing possessions might also be on your mind. Below, learn how to choose the best home for your golden years and find tips for moving and letting go of items.

Independent Living Options

When you think of housing options for seniors, the first thing that comes to mind might be assisted living facilities and nursing homes. However, there are actually numerous options that let you live independently.

First, you can simply buy a smaller house that is easier to take care of. This allows you to pick a new city or neighborhood that fits your lifestyle better. By knowing which recreational activities and amenities you want close by, you can narrow your search.

The local housing market might also influence your choice. For example, over the past month, homes in Scotts Valley spent an average of 38 days on the market and sold for an average of $933K. In a competitive market like this, you’ll need to plan and budget accordingly.

In addition to single-family homes and condos in residential areas, you can also weigh the benefits of moving to a retirement community. These places are not like nursing homes. On the contrary, independent living campuses and age-restricted communities have separate living units and come with extra amenities that you wouldn’t get from a regular condo or apartment.

Assisted Living Options

Your health conditions and physical needs will ultimately determine what type of living arrangements are best for you. If you need help with daily tasks, assisted living may be a good fit. Keep in mind that each facility is unique, so it’s important to do your research to find one that’s right for you.

If you don’t need assistance now, but anticipate that you will in the future, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) might be a better match. These communities provide every level of care, allowing you to transition to a higher level if needed.

There is also the option of remaining in your own home and hiring a personal care aide or homemaker. With in-home care, you can remain independent while still getting the help you need.

With COVID-19 concerns being a major source of anxiety for many older people, there is comfort in the idea of remaining at home rather than moving to a communal setting where infections could spread more easily. Whether you choose independent living, in-home care, or assisted living, make sure you stay up-to-date with the latest guidance from the CDC.

Planning Your Move

No matter where you decide to move next, you’ll have to figure out some logistics. It’s important to plan your move as far in advance as possible so you can choose a good moving company, pack your belongings, and tackle the usually dreaded task of decluttering.

Because movers can book up quickly, it’s a good idea to contact a company as soon as possible to ensure you can stay on schedule. To find a moving company, you’ll want to do some research online. Reading mover reviews can provide a lot of insight and help you pick the best service for you.

Even though professional movers can pack on your behalf, you might be more comfortable boxing up things yourself. There are many ways to streamline the packing process so it’s not stressful. For example, Consumer Affairs recommends packing up each room completely before moving onto the next room.

Decluttering will also help tremendously during the moving process. Not only will there be less stuff to pack up, you will also have an easier time fitting everything into your new home.

Moving to your new place can be emotional and stressful, but the move will also come with many new opportunities. By doing your research to find the perfect type of housing and planning your move out step by step, you can ease into your new life with less stress and focus on your new possibilities.