Four Steps for Transitioning From Your Home to a Retirement Community
Moving into a retirement community can be one of the best decisions of your life, but it helps if you’re prepared. The transition can be easy and rewarding if you know how to tackle saying goodbye to your current home, downsizing, and embracing your new life in a retirement community.
Finding Your New Home
The first step in moving into a retirement community is finding one that is suitable for you. Be sure that the community you choose has the amenities and services you need and is compatible with your lifestyle. Make sure you thoroughly research your options before committing to a community. The average life expectancy is much higher today than it was a few decades ago, and this has resulted in high demand for nursing home and retirement community spots. This means that while you may have trouble finding just the right place at first, you’re going to have a lot of options.
Downsizing to the Essentials
More often than not, you’re not going to be able to bring your entire home into a retirement community living space. You’re going to need to downsize – but that’s not always a bad thing! This can be a great opportunity to sort through your possessions and finding new homes for things you no longer want or need. Let relatives choose what they’d like to keep and consider a yard sale or donation for the leftovers.
Of course, there are going to be some things with which you can’t bear to part but won’t work out in your new space. Investigate storage units if you want to keep these items safe or if no one else in your family can take them. Also, keep in mind that you probably won’t have to worry about cleaning supplies or many household appliances and items – more than likely the retirement community will have these covered.
Celebrating the Next Step
Finally, once you’ve moved into a new spot, celebrate this new chapter of your life! Consider throwing a get-together with friends and family in your new home. You can also have relatives stop by to help you personalize your space and make it your own. Moving out of a home and into a retirement community can be a difficult process for some, but it doesn’t need to be a chore if you prepare and look at the positives of this next step.
Click to register for our downsizing seminar on Thursday, January 26 at 1 pm. Learn how to get organized, clean out the unwanted “stuff” and prepare your home for a quick sale.