As you get older, your life changes, your needs change, and your living situation may not fit any longer. If you have started thinking about the future of your health, social life, community, access to recreation, and overall quality of life, then perhaps it’s time to look into a move. Let’s discuss some questions you may be asking and how to plan ahead.
Question 1: Is Downsizing Right For Me?
The decision to downsize will be personal for everyone. Below are some of the reasons people decide to move homes during their golden years.
- The current home is too large.
- The upkeep is too much.
- It’s not located in a place you wanted to spend their retirement years.
- The cost outweighs their income.
- They have health concerns or want to prepare for potential health concerns.
Question 2: Where Should I Downsize To?
Choosing where to downsize is a big decision. It’s not a decision that should solely be based on the opinions of others or made without a little investigating. Find the perfect location to spend your golden years by testing out local vacation rentals in the areas that interest you. Choose properties that are the size you are thinking about and in the neighborhoods you love. If you’re looking for sunny weather, to be near the water, to enjoy fold, and/or to eat fresh seafood, then Fort Myers, Florida may be just the spot. According to Turnkey, Fort Myers has, on average, 266 days of sunshine a year — the highest number in all of Florida — and has a plethora of incredible activities, events, and festivals to keep you very busy.
Sometimes wanting to downsize is rooted in the desire to live in a community or to have some day-to-day assistance for you or a loved one. If that is the case for you, it’s important to look into independent living communities and assisted living facilities, and to understand the difference between the two. Independent living communities provide housing, community space, amenities and special services for their tenants. Assisted living facilities provide housing, community spaces, amenities, and extra daily services, such as assistance with bathing, dressing, managing medications, and other personal assistance.
Question 3: How Do I Prepare for the Move?
Once you have decided it’s time to spend your golden years in a home that fits your lifestyle, then you’re ready to prepare for the move. This part is tricky for some people to navigate, partly because it brings up memories and emotions. Downsizing ultimately means you will have less space, and less space means you won’t have room for all your belongings. As soon as a move becomes likely, take time every day to sort belongings into four piles: keep, toss, donate, or sell.
For the items you aren’t ready to part with, but cannot take with you, consider storing them in a storage facility near your new home. The average price of a self-storage unit in Fort Myers Beach, over the past 180 days, was only $75.75 a month.
Question 4: How Do I Pack and Move?
Packing, unpacking, and moving can be taxing on the body. Having a complicated move during your golden years is unnecessary. Especially if you live someplace where temperatures run high, the last thing you want to do is try to haul boxes. Start by making a plan on how to tackle your house, go room by room, and use some of the tips and tricks found here to pack items safely and avoid a tangled mess. If possible, hire movers to load your boxes and furniture, drive the truck, and deliver everything safely into your new home.
If downsizing sounds like it’s in your best interest and you want to spend your golden years not worrying about upkeep, high living costs, or what the outcome will be if a health concern arises, then it is time to consider a move. Look into a new home in the perfect neighborhood or an independent or assisted care facility, dependent upon your needs. Then, start prepping for your move by planning what you will take, how it will be packed, and how it will be moved.
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