The following is a guest post by Mike Longsdon of elderfreedom.net
Downsizing Tips for Senior Veterans:
What to Consider and How to Plan Your Move
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Whether you hold a service-connected disability, have limited mobility that makes home upkeep a bit of a challenge, or you’re simply looking to move into a smaller house that’s easier to maintain in your Golden Years, downsizing could be the right choice for you. To learn all about downsizing and the steps you can take to plan a hassle-free move into your new home, read on!
Find the Right Home for Your Needs. After making the decision to downsize for less stress and home upkeep in your senior years, you’ll want to think about your different housing options and which one will be best for you. Depending on your wants and needs, you could downsize into a smaller single-family home or another type of property such as a condominium, townhome, duplex, or apartment. If you receive VA benefits, your housing options may also include a senior living community for former service members.
If you plan to age in place as you grow older, you’ll want to ensure that your new home will allow you to live safely and comfortably in your Golden Years. For instance, you may choose to look for a new home that features a one-level floor plan, no-step entryway, wide hallways and doorways, and easy-access cabinets and shelves. If you’re planning to buy a house rather than rent your new home, a seniors real estate specialist (SRES) can help you to find the right property for your needs.
Sell Your Current Home. Once you’ve determined where you’re going to live, you’ll need to decide whether you’ll sell or rent out your existing home. If you’re selling the house, Redfin recommends listing the property on a Thursday to sell it as quickly as possible. To sell your home for the highest price, however, it’s best to list it on a Wednesday.
As you get ready to sell your home and move into a smaller, more manageable property, you’ll also need to donate or dispose of any excess belongings that cannot be taken along with you. As you downsize your belongings, for instance, you’ll want to dispose of:
Whether you choose to donate these items, throw them out, or distribute them among your loved ones, it may be helpful to rent a storage unit for holding any personal belongings or furniture pieces you’re unsure about.
Plan a Hassle-Free Moving Day. After finding a new place to live, de-cluttering your belongings, and getting your existing home ready to sell or rent out, it’s time to plan your moving day. Downsizing can be an emotional time when you’ve lived in the same home for many years, but there are some steps you can take to alleviate stress and anxiety during this time. Here’s how:
If you choose to hire professional movers to assist you with your downsize into a new home, be sure to find out whether your moving company offers military discounts. Some popular moving companies like North American Van Lines and other local movers throughout the U.S. offer military discounts to qualifying customers, so remember to check with each company when obtaining quotes.
Downsizing your house can lead to less stress and home upkeep in your Golden Years, but it’s important to consider your different housing options before making a decision—especially if you’re hoping to find a property that allows you to age in place. After serving in the military and putting your life on the line, your Golden Years should be filled with as much relaxation and as little stress as possible.
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