Submitted for my blog by Andrea Needham
Moving can be stressful at any age, but it’s an even more daunting task when you need to downsize your possessions so you can live in a smaller home. While downsizing is challenging, it’s also an opportunity to start fresh and focus on the items that matter the most to you. Working with real estate agent Mark Rusnak, who happens to be a Senior Real Estate Specialist, can put you on the path to finding the perfect home, but you’ll need to be proactive to make this a smooth transition. Below, find out how to start the process and learn other useful tips for moving in your golden years.
Search for Your Next Home
Before you start paring down and packing up, it can help to know what size of home you’ll move into next. The size of your future home will give you an idea of how much you really need to downsize.
Learn what your current home is worth.
Figure out how much house you can afford with a lender.
Work on getting approved for a mortgage. Reviewing your credit and paying down debts will help the process.
My Smartphone App can help you search for your new place
Selling Your Current House
In addition to finding your next dream home, you’ll want to have a plan for selling your current home. These are a few things you’ll want to think about.
Consider the pros and cons of selling your home or after your move.
Remember this can be an emotional process, so be kind to yourself.
Keep in mind there are special considerations for selling your home during the pandemic.
Get Started with Clutter
Before you move or even list your home for sale, it helps tremendously to declutter. Not only does this make your house look better for its listing, it also makes it easier to settle into a new, smaller home.
Start by gathering garbage and broken items.
Next, move onto clothing.
It’s also important to go through household items in each room.
Decluttering sentimental keepsakes can be hard, so explore other ways to preserve the memories.
Make a Plan for Moving
With decluttering out of the way, you can start packing and planning for your move without any extra hassle. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider as you get ready to move.
Start by making a moving timeline, to help you stay on task and get everything done.
Find a moving company early in the process.
Pack the non-essentials first, and wait until later in the process to pack up things you need regular access to.
Moving as a senior can be stressful, but it also marks a new chapter in your life. You can make the process go more smoothly by doing research ahead of time, decluttering and having a solid moving plan in place.
For your FREE copy of the “Moving On” Brochure put out by the National Associations of REALTORs SRES program, please contact me.