06 Mar Senior Living: Packing and Moving
Transitioning to senior living is a major decision and can take a lot of planning. After you have decided on the right facility, it is now time to think about what you are going to do with the current house you or your loved one is living in and all of the stuff that is in that house. Trying to sell a house can be very stressful. However, if you sell the house to an investor, there are many time and hassle saving benefits. When selling to an investor you don’t have to worry about making updates or making sure the house is spotless. Many investors will purchase the property as-is and some will also give you the option to take what you want and leave the items you don’t want behind.
Packing up all of your belongings and making decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of can be a major task. One way to make this process easier is to get help. Family members and friends are a great resource to help with this daunting process. Many older adults have not moved in 20 years or even longer and moving can be physically and emotionally exhausting.
Since you will be downsizing, there will not be room for all current belongings. Begin with things that cannot be replaced and items that you must have. Make sure to envision how everything will fit in your new space and if it doesn’t fit or isn’t important, get rid of it. Objects that you don’t want that are too valuable just to throw away can be sold or given to charity for a tax write-off. If you are having trouble determining the value of any items, you have the option to have an antique dealer apprise them.
If you still feel completely overwhelmed, your best option may be to hire a move coordinator. They can help you throughout the packing process and will be there the day you move into your new home.
For more information on selling your home, visit our Transitioning to Senior Living page.
For more tips about senior living, visit one of our previous posts Senior Living: A Natural Step.