One of the toughest parts about moving as a senior is leaving behind a home that you might have spent 15, 30, or even 40 years in. There is a lot of baggage - both physical and emotional - wrapped up in a long-time home, and moving (even if you’re excited about the move and it’s for good reasons) can be incredibly difficult. Here are a few ways you can make leaving your home a little bit easier.
When it comes to moving heavy boxes, furniture, and appliances, it’s really a no brainer to hire some professionals to help you get the job done. It’s hard to move by yourself at a young age, and as a senior you may have a medical condition or mobility issues that prevent you from doing a lot of strenuous work. Even if you’re fit and healthy, moving your entire life’s worth of accumulated possessions by yourself is not recommended.
So, how do you make sure you hire safe, reliable movers?
First, do your research. Start online and check out reviews on sites like AngiesList.com and government licensing sites like this one and this one. Next, ask around your community and see if you can get any first-hand reviews. Always solicit quotes from at least three different moving companies and never take a bid that is either too low (they’re cutting corners) or too high (they’re ripping you off). Demand a specific estimate and never sign a blank or vague contract. Ask the moving company as many questions as you like about their history, how they hire, how long they’ve been servicing your area, etc. If they seem hesitant or annoyed with your questions, it’s time to look elsewhere.
Begin the packing process months in advance
As soon as you decide you’re going to move, begin to pack up - even if you don’t have a new home in mind. A large portion of moving stress involves packing, and rushing to get it done at the end is a sure way to make your move intolerable.
Plus, there’s a good chance that, as a senior, you are downsizing when you move. This means that you are going to have to throw stuff away, donate some, and sell the rest. This can cause a crazy amount of stress, so you need to prepare long in advance. Check here for some solid tips on how to downsize.
Consider not selling
Yes, you’re buying a new home and that traditionally means you will want to sell your current home - but there are other options. If you still have a mortgage payment on your current home or a significant mortgage balance and/or you need the proceeds from the sale to finance your new home purchase, then you’re likely going to want to sell your current home. But if you have some wiggle room financially, or you wish to tap your real estate for monthly income, you can consider keeping the property and renting it out for steady income. Just make sure you’re ready for the responsibilities that come along with maintaining an investment property. You can also keep your home in the family through a quitclaim deed or some other form of property transfer. If the home is still in your family or your possession, you may find it easier to leave.
Moving is never going to be a cakewalk, but there are ways to make it more tolerable. For seniors, leaving behind a home filled with years upon years of cherished memories can be very tough. Remember these tips to make it a less-stressful adventure.
Author: Jim Vogel
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