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Downsizing Advice for Seniors

A Liberating Process: Downsizing Advice for Seniors



Maintaining a house is a big responsibility and a lot of work, and it doesn’t get any easier as you grow older. The need for upkeep can often become an overwhelming burden. As such, many seniors choose to downsize by moving into a smaller home, which relieves the mental and physical stress that comes with being a homeowner, leaving you with more time to do the things you enjoy. It can be a cleansing, liberating process and the start of an exciting new life.

Take Only What You Need

Downsizing isn’t a vague goal — it’s a purposeful initiative meant to transform your life. And it’s essential if you’re moving into a smaller space, whether that means another house or an apartment or condominium. Don’t let sentiment get in the way of your purpose — retain only objects that you need and still want. Set aside anything you’ll donate or dispose of into separate piles, and don’t handle them more than once. Decide what to do and leave them alone.

Get rid of duplicate items and anything that hasn’t been used within the past six months. While you’re at it, set aside items that can be sold on eBay or Craigslist or taken to a consignment store — you might as well make a few dollars for all the hard work. Once you’ve gone through everything, you’re ready to start packing for your move.

Finding the Right Home

Once you’ve figured out your budget, you can look for average sale prices in areas of interest to help you decide where you can afford to live. For example, homes in La Quinta have sold, according to www.luxurydeserthomes.com,  for an average of $480,000.00 over the past month.

As you think about location, consider the convenience of living near necessities, as well as the desirability of living near family. If mobility is an issue, focus on properties with few stairs and level access between rooms. If you can’t find a place that meets all of your needs, you can install modifications yourself after you move in, such as grab bars (found on Amazon for under $30). Also, many seniors find an assisted living community an ideal compromise between independent living and assistance as needed with activities of daily living.

Take stock of how much stuff you’re taking with you and how much square footage will be needed to accommodate it all. Measure each room in the new place and your furniture to accurately assess your needs and right-size your new living space. Presumably, you’ll declutter a lot of belongings both big and small. Keep in mind that your goal is to find a smaller, yet comfortable new home you can enjoy minus the clutter.

Moving

There’s more to moving than packing and cleaning — it’s also about finding a moving company that will take great care of your belongings. That’s why it’s so important to vet each one carefully. When searching for professional movers in La Quinta, review customer feedback, and look for a company that offers coverage options for your belongings. It’s well worth the effort: These are the people who will handle your valuables.

Make things easier on yourself on moving day by packing an “'open first” box, containing necessary items (toilet paper, bed clothing, light bulbs, etc.), and clearly marking where each box goes.

Downsizing and leaving a home you've known for years is a bittersweet experience. However, try seeing it as the beginning of something rather than the end, because it’s the start of a new life for you. Spending less time cleaning and fixing things means more time with friends and pursuing interests and activities you love. 

By Michael Longsdon

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