Make Your Move Easier: Downsizing Tips for Seniors
By Henry Moore
Even if it’s a positive change, downsizing means lots of legwork before and on moving day. Thinking ahead to the payoff at the end can help you feel more confident! And if you’re ready for the transition, here are some tips to make it easier.
Make the Right Decision for You
No matter what your loved ones would prefer, the choice to downsize and move is very personal. Think about your options and choose what works for you.
Think about whether downsizing will save you money.
Look for homes that are more adapted to senior living. If stairs are an issue, find a home where all your living takes place on the ground floor. Tubs should be easy to get in and out of. One out of four older adults suffer from falls every year, and the best way to prevent that is to make sure fall risks are minimized. Talk to a professional real estate agent who can help you find a home with your safety in mind.
Be the Boss on Moving Day
Delegating tasks to your family and friends and keeping track of important items should be your top priorities on moving day. Make your voice heard, and things will flow better.
Plan ahead and organize the way you want – then share your schedule.
Protect your body (and outsource heavy lifting if needed) while packing and loading up.
Be aware of the potential for stress and anxiety and prepare ahead of time.
Source Free Supplies and Help
There are ways to streamline your moving logistics without spending more money. Look for free supplies and moving help in these places.
Check out places to pick up free boxes (but start collecting them ahead of your move).
Explore resources that help out with moving expenses and logistic needs.
Save by accepting help from your kids and loved ones; moving can get expensive.
Setting your sights on downsizing means accepting some big changes and challenging moments. But with these resources, you can plan ahead and have a less stressful experience. At the end of the day, when you’re settled in your new place, it will be worth the effort.
When you’re ready to downsize into a new home in the Los Angeles area, connect with skilled real estate professional Lauren G. Tizabi. Call (310) 666-1537