There comes a time in many seniors’ lives when the old family home is just too much. Staying on top of the clutter can be daunting. Cleaning the house, maintaining the yard and making necessary home repairs is exhausting. And the cost of utilities, taxes, insurance etc., is too high to justify staying.
Sometimes the option of downsizing can’t be ignored any longer. While the decision to downsize is driven by the need to simplify your life, it creates a daunting task list in the short term. The big question that often stands between you and the decision to downsize is. But how does one sort through a lifetime of memories and coordinate a big move, all while making a significant life transition? Thankfully, the challenges involved with downsizing are manageable, given the right support, and the rewards of downsizing are rich.
In the following article, read about how to alleviate the stress of downsizing and what benefits you can expect to reap from the process.
Overcoming the Challenges
First, let’s start with the challenges of downsizing the contents of your home. In this section, learn how to get the support you need for an effortless transition.
The first step in downsizing a family home is to confront the clutter. This may seem like a formidable task, but it’s made much easier with the help of professional downsizing services. Compassionate, professional companies offering senior downsizing services help simplify the sorting, organizing and disposal of possessions to facilitate an easier move.
They work with you in deciding what to keep, donate, sell or get rid of, creating a personalized action plan for your downsize. And if you are selling your home, they can work with your real estate agent to prepare it for listing. Going through everything alone can be time-consuming, energy-consuming and downright overwhelming, but with professional downsizing services, you can focus on the future.
Making the Move
The other primary worry for downsizing seniors is the move itself. How does one coordinate such a massive move? The best advice is to find a senior downsizing service that also offers “move management” – an end-to-end service that oversees the move itself, including packing, hiring the movers, managing the move, elevator reservations and new home set-up.
Reaping the Rewards
With the challenges addressed, you can focus on the benefits of downsizing. What can you expect by making a move to a smaller home? In this section, let’s explore the upside of downsizing.
Enjoying Easier Maintenance
Especially if you are moving into a condo or retirement community, you can expect much easier maintenance. Unburdened by household responsibilities like upkeep, repairs and yard maintenance, you can focus on living your life the way you want.
Cutting Cost-of-Living Expenses
One of the primary reasons that seniors choose to downsize is to save money in retirement. Rather than pay for a large home (that you never use in its entirety,) it makes better sense to pay for something smaller, saving the extra money for fun activities, vacations, gifts and more.
Another reason that seniors downsize is for accessibility. Many family homes weren’t built with seniors in mind and contain steep staircases, high shelves, open bathtubs and tripping hazards. Smaller homes, especially those in retirement communities, are designed for accessibility, offering seniors a worry-free home experience.
Finally, downsizing represents a new chapter in your life. Free from home obligations, free from the worry of an inaccessible house and with a little more money in your savings account, you can live life to the fullest. That means more time with friends and family, more time spent travelling the world, and more time doing the activities you love.
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