Retirement is meant to offer ease of living. Moving while in retirement, however, as it is in any time of life, can be difficult! If you are thinking of moving while in retirement, here are a few things to keep in mind so that the process is smooth and uncomplicated.
Weigh the Pros and Cons of a New Place
First, weigh the pros and cons of the places you’re interested in. Of course location should be a big priority—is it close to family, does it provide access to things you enjoy, is it in a comfortable community, etc. The amenities available should also be considered: will you have access to medical centers, hobbies and more? Is the property of high quality? What is the cost? Prioritize each of these as a pro or con and determine what you are willing to compromise. You can then feel confident that the place you pick is truly the best option for your wants and needs!
Sell Your Home
Second, sell your current home! The housing market can be complex and frustrating to navigate, so hiring the services of a professional real estate agent may be worth the investment to get the most money for your home, and taking the search process largely off of your hands. If the expense of a real estate agent feels unnecessary, or if you have connections to buyers, you can sell independently! Selling directly to a buyer can help you bypass an agent. Plus, direct sales often allow for faster processing and more comfortable negotiations.
Finally, simplify your life by simplifying your belongings. Retirement shouldn’t have to consist of you dragging around everything you own, everywhere, all the time! Take advantage of this opportunity to minimize your belongings! As you pack, consider what items you really use or hold sentimental value for. This is a great time to disperse some of those sentimental things to people who will cherish them as well! Be diligent and set goals for the amount of things you want to find a new home for. You will be grateful to find that your new home has the space you need to feel comfortable, balanced with the things you love most!
Moving in retirement can be a pain. With these tips, however, you can feel prepared, at ease, and confident that your move will be carried out well. Your new home will be exactly what you need it to be for a fulfilling retirement!
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