Deciding to move is never an easy decision, especially if you are a senior looking to downsize now that you don’t need the extra space that was so necessary when you were raising your children. Leaving a home after spending many years in it can be overwhelming, particularly if you have accumulated a lifetime of possessions and must make choices about what to bring and what to let go. These decisions can be paralyzing because each possession will often trigger a walk down memory lane.
Think about starting the process well in advance. Set small, achievable daily goals and establish plans for tackling a different room each day. Evaluate the contents of your present home and assess the space that will be available in the new one. You may want to consider hiring a professional to help. There are a number of companies that specialize in this area that take care of all your needs; packing, moving and unpacking at your new home.
Walk through your home and take stock of everything – make a list of all the items you love and can’t live without; remember you can’t keep everything. Make a list of items that you wish to give to your family and friends. Do a little at a time, pace yourself – working for one to two hours with regular breaks will make it all seem less daunting.
Moving at any age is stressful so take a breath, try to relax and let me guide you through the process. As an SRES® Realtor, I enjoy interacting with seniors. I have a deep respect for older individuals and have the ability to listen deeply and ask the right questions.
I recognize the emotional strain associated with selling a beloved family home and approach my clients and family members with patience and empathy. My goal is to completely understand the challenges the entire family face in making this decision and to present all available options so that the outcome is one that suits everyone.
Knowledge is key, so ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable and at ease. At times, the amount of information coming your way may seem overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’ll take breaks when you need them.
Together, we’ll develop a customized approach to your situation.