Relocating is a stressful event regardless of individual circumstances. A smooth beginning to this new season of life is imperative to reduce stress and cope with the numerous lifestyle changes. If you or a loved one is ready to take the step and move into a smaller residence or a specific care home there are countless ways to ensure the transition goes smoothly:
STEP 1: GET ORGANIZED
Everyone has heard the expression “organization is key” and when moving into a new residence it is crucial for the process to go smoothly. There are a lot of simple things you can do to ensure you’re as organized as possible but the easiest thing on the list is to hire professionals! Research and locate a reputable company that can help with the long to-do list that every relocation inevitably comes with.
Moving to a niche retirement residence or a 55+ building is exciting but on the other hand it can also be super stressful, so the first step would be to contact the building manager and communicate your expectations, concerns and plans for your new home. This helps you know what to prepare and expect in your new residence. Having discussions like these gives you an important opportunity to discover the culture and values of the building you’re interested in, ensuring you make the right choice.
STEP 2: CHOOSE NEW RESIDENCE
Choosing the right building with the appropriate amenities is another imperative step towards success in your move. Start early! Many popular buildings have waitlists so it’s imperative to begin the process early. This gives you ample time to weigh the pros and cons of different places. In today’s society there are retirement buildings for everyone! Some buildings are comparable to luxury resorts and many things can be done for you and on the other hand many people enjoy their independence and choose to relocate to a small condominium with minimum amenities. It all depends on what exactly you are looking for. Analyze what you are seeking and some questions to ask yourself are:
– Do I want a full kitchen or a building with meals prepared?
– Do I want a private outdoor patio space?
– What is my monthly budget?
– Do I need laundry services?
– Is a strong social agenda important to me?
– Do I need two bedrooms or one?
All of these questions can help you find the right building with services tailored to your specific needs.
STEP 3: DOWNSIZE
Now that you’ve chosen a building and suite, request a floor plan of your new home. Retirement homes are commonly on the smaller side considering many provide services so you have free time to enjoy your new life! Being realistic and mindful about space will ensure your new home is comfortable and not overcrowded. Don’t spend time (and money) packing and moving things you don’t need to take with you.
Getting rid of things is hard, many of us hold emotional attachment to inanimate objects but it’s important to remember that possessions don’t equate happiness. When simplifying your lifestyle, less is more. In regards to family heirlooms and antiques, professionals can aid in the dispersal or sale of these important items. If some items are of emotional significance but are not being brought to your new home, take a picture and make an album of sentimental items. This helps save space while also maintaining important memories you can cherish forever!
Remember, many hands make for light work. Instead of relying on inexperienced friends and family, enlist trained professionals to guarantee a smooth transition. Why make it harder than it has to be? Call us for a complimentary consultation today!