Top Tips for Seniors Looking to Downsize
At a certain stage in life, the time may come when it’s more practical to move from a larger residence to a smaller, more manageable one. It could be after the children have moved out, after you’ve retired and have a more fixed income, or if you reach the point where you just don’t want to walk up stairs any longer or maintain a big yard. Enter the buzzword of the moment: downsizing.
But choosing to move into a new, more manageable home comes with its own set of challenges. Namely the big move. And if you’ve lived in your current home for decades, a big move is going to be a big deal. But it’s not insurmountable. And with proper planning and preparation, you can downsize into a cozier, more efficient living space in no time. Here are some things to keep in mind as the big moving day approaches.
How to Prepare Appliances:
Often, homeowners will take some of their larger appliances when they move. Some things, like stoves, you will leave behind. What you leave behind should be emptied (make sure you have no pans stored in the proving drawer, and no dishes in the dishwasher) and cleaned thoroughly. The appliances you take with you, such as the microwave, washing machine and dryer, make sure their power cables are secured properly to prevent tangling. You also may want to tape closed any doors to reduce the likelihood of damage during transportation.
Cancel and Update Subscriptions:
If you have subscriptions to newspapers, magazines or regular delivery services, make certain these are canceled or your new address is updated well before you move. Let your utility providers know the exact date you will be moving to avoid excessive charges.
What to Do with Your Four-Legged Friend:
If you have a pet, moving may be just as stressful for them as it is for you. To make the transition easier, you can crate them or board them for the day. When you do move, allow your pet to adjust to one room at a time. The ASPCA recommends you place their food, toys and comfort items like treats in one closed room, let them adjust, and then extend their space.
Donate while You Pack:
What easier way to lighten your load when you move than to literally lighten the load? Chances are, you’re holding onto things you no longer need. These might be old remotes, broken computer equipment, or the bicycle you haven’t touched in five years. If you have clothing, shoes or housewares you no longer need, consider donating them so someone else can put them to good use. Don’t hesitate to throw things away and recycle where applicable.
Prepping Your New Home:
Even if your home is brand new, recently renovated, or in immaculate condition, it’s a good idea to clean your fresh space before moving in. This is especially important if your new place was formerly occupied. It’s smart to do a deep clean, making sure the appliances are ready for your use, the carpets are clean and that the kitchen and bathroom are grime-free. To save yourself some time and elbow grease, consider hiring out to have your home cleaned for you. According to HomeAdvisor, it costs $117-$235 in Nashville for a move-out or one-time house cleaning service, and it only takes about four hours.
Take Care of Yourself:
Keep in mind this is going to be a stressful, chaotic time. You won’t be able to control everything that happens, and something is bound to go awry. That’s why it is important for you to take care of yourself, and treat yourself to something that relaxes you. Whether it’s getting a massage, taking a long bath, taking a walk or spending an hour each morning meditating, do some little thing that you know will bring you enjoyment. Downsizing doesn’t have to be a sad thing. Consider this a new chapter in your life. A smaller home will be easier to tend, clean and repair. Make the transition as stress-free as possible with the guidance provided, and remember, find time to relax.
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Top Tips for Seniors Looking to Downsize courtesy of our friend Teresa Greenhill
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