Whether you’re looking for a change of scenery, a new home to downsize into, or a location closer to family, moving can be exciting, but also a challenge. Hauling heavy boxes and reorganizing new homes is tough for people of all ages, but maybe particularly for citizens who aren’t quite as spry as they once were.
Luckily, there are tons of great tips to help simplify the moving and selling process for senior citizens! As a certified Senior Real Estate Specialist, my team at the Margie Halem Group can offer a few tips in order to relieve some of the stress of moving.
Whether it’s friends, family, or professional movers, having an extra pair of hands can help expedite the moving process. Rally the forces for a weekend of packing things up and hauling boxes, and order some food or make a home-cooked meal to celebrate your progress!
It’s great to start small and spend an hour or so a day on one or two tasks, or whatever you feel comfortable doing. Invite over one or two people to help out on the smaller things, and give yourself plenty of time to avoid stressful time constraints.
Capturing how your home looks before you move helps out more than you might think. Not only will it help you keep track of all your possessions, but it also acts as a way to set up your new home in a familiar way, especially if you already know the floor plan. Go through room by room, and take detailed pictures so you know exactly what goes where.
From how your cabinets are organized to what devices are plugged into which outlets, use photos as a reference for how to set up your new home, and keep those memories of your old one alive!
A great way to ease the moving process is to have fewer items to move. Try making a list of what items are important to you, and eliminate the items that you might not need. Donate some of your things to a thrift shop or charity, sell them at a yard sale or online for a few extra bucks, or pass them along to family members or friends.
Although it might be hard to let go of certain possessions, it can help to know that they’re going to a good cause or a close friend. Plus, selling duplicate and unwanted items can provide more of a profit than you might think!
Take Your Time
Moving is hard. No matter how old you are or what stage or life you’re in, it’s difficult to pick up and head to a new place. Take your time in the moving process, reminisce on old memories, and stay in contact with those you’re moving away from.
Try not to stress yourself out when it comes to time constraints — give yourself plenty of time beforehand to go through the moving process. It might still be tough, but taking that extra time for yourself in the process can help ease the stress.
Find Moving Help with the Margie Halem Group
If you’re a mature citizen looking to relocate, get help from a certified Senior Real Estate Specialist. The Margie Halem Group offers tons of resources and listings for all your moving needs, and we can help ease along the process, and answer any questions you may have.