Moving to Senior Living

Senior Living Transition

Once you decide to move to a senior living community, there is a long list of to-do’s that must be done.  Here are some tips to keep you on track, help you minimize, and reduce stress along the way.

Preparing for The Move

Once you make the decision to move to a retirement community, you may be emotional, excited, or just ready to get it all done.  One of the first steps is to begin downsizing and decluttering your home and preparing it for sale.  You’ll want to contact family members and begin sorting through items.  Organize your belongings into four categories:

  • Take With Me
  • Give to Family
  • Donate
  • Trash or Recycle

A professional organizer can be a big help with this process.

Selling Your Home

After you’ve begun the decluttering/downsizing process, you will need to get your home ready to sell.  A senior real estate specialist is a great place to start since they focus on your exact needs and can guide you through the process.  Make sure you understand their level of experience and be sure to ask:

  • How many homes have they sold in your neighborhood?
  • How many homes have they sold in the last year?
  • How do they intend to market your home?
  • What are their fees?
  • What repairs are required before your house can be listed?

Interview at least three movers and determine which services you will need and the associated costs for the entire move. Try to get a contract for the entire move, rather than contracting on an hourly basis, to avoid additional fees.

If you’d like more guidance on how to prepare for your move to senior living, or to learn more about retiring on the waterfront in Annapolis, contact the folks at Baywoods of Annapolis today!