Are you considering a downsize, but not sure what direction to take? Seniors have more options available than ever, and it’s sometimes challenging to decide what’s best for you. Should you move closer to family, opt for a kinder climate, or just stay in your location but find a smaller abode?
We’ve assembled some key details to help sort things out so you can look forward to an enjoyable future in your new home.
Consider a visit
Choosing the location for your golden years can make a big difference in your comfort, so it’s crucial to decide what’s most important to you. You might want to be closer to grandchildren, or perhaps a mild climate would soothe your aching joints. Is an active community what you’re craving, or would a quieter lifestyle be more to your liking?
If you’re on the fence, one way to feel things out is to visit prospective areas and stay for a bit. It’s a chance to try things on for size, see if you like the people and the location, and if it’s not a great fit, you can aim for another option.
San Diego is a great example, and as Turnkey points out, temperatures in San Diego average around 70 degrees year round. On top of that, there are miles and miles of coastline to stroll and beautiful seaside views. There are also plenty of neighborhoods inland, making it an ideal place to enjoy your golden years, and by staying in a vacation rental, you get a feel for what life would really be like in that area. You can even select a home similar in size to what you’re considering and think about how well your belongings will fit.
Declutter your stuff
By the nature of the beast, downsizing goes hand in hand with decluttering. You might be surprised at how time consuming it is, so sooner rather than later, you should start sorting your things. Think about what items you really use, what is highly sentimental, and what you can live without. If you come across duplicates, let go of the one you like less or the one that is older. Your excess things can be given away or sold in a yard sale, and you can start packing the items you’re keeping. It’ll make the move go smooth as silk when you find that perfect place.
When you’re house hunting, find a home that is senior-friendly or which can be easily modified to meet your needs as you age. For example, a house with an open floor plan and one-floor living allows you to avoid stairs and move comfortably if you ever need assistive equipment. Also consider small changes that promote independence if you experience mobility restrictions, such as grab bars in your bathroom, levered door handles, and improved lighting to help you stay safe and comfortable. If you decide to find a home with good structure and make changes to boost accessibility, an aging in place checklist can help.
Another aspect is the specific property location. Think through what’s important to you. For example, while it might be tempting to be close to the beach in San Diego, some seniors should prioritize being on one of the city’s public transportation routes so they don’t need to drive.
Watch for scoundrels
When it comes time to move, ensure you hire good help. Moving scams are far too common, and unfortunately, seniors are frequently targeted. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Read reviews of area movers, get written estimates from anyone you’re considering using, and ensure they examine your boxed-up belongings in person before giving you an amount.
Downsizing can put you in a state of indecision, but with a little research and planning, things will go great. Check out your options first-hand to see what you like, do some decluttering, look for senior-friendly features, and consider alternative ideas if nothing seems to fit. Thorough exploration can lead to an ideal abode, and it’s worth going the extra mile to ensure you love your new home.
This is a guest post by Mike Longsdon of ElderFreedom.net