Moving From Your Home – Preparing for the Process
Begin today, it may take longer than you think.
Whether you rent or own a home, most seniors will be making a move. You may prepare for your move on your own or perhaps it will be a family member or friend who helps. Either way, the process can be daunting. The keys to being successful are, beginning the process, developing a timeline, and finding and speaking with the right people to help you along the way.
- START TODAY
If you already know where and when you will be moving, you can begin with your start date, (TODAY) and add your moving date Keep room for what you may need to do after your move. If you are not sure where you are going or when, you can still begin your timeline using TODAY as the start date. You can leave the moving date blank and fill it in when you know more. Just make sure you begin a timeline to get you started. Your timeline is a guide. In a perfect world, everything will go according to plan. However, in most cases, you will need to make changes along the way. The key is to START TODAY and keep moving forward.
Choose a calendar either online, if you are tech savvy, or a paper calendar for you to write on. Call me “old school” but I still get some satisfaction out of writing things down and checking them off! Keep this calendar just for your moving items. I would also encourage you to have a “special place”, like a notebook or file folder to keep any moving related information, notes, or questions you may have to ask others. As mentioned, use today as your beginning date, and plug it into your calendar. CONGRATULATIONS! You have started the moving process!
- PEOPLE TO HELP
If your family member or friends will be helping you, now is the time to get them involved in the process. Invite them to sit with you, in person, over the phone or virtually. No matter where they live, they can help you with your move. Share your thoughts and ideas with them and ask them for their help.
If you have a home to sell, please contact a real estate agent who is designated as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES®) and has experience working with Senior Citizens and their families. You will want an agent who understands YOUR TIMEFRAME, YOUR GOALS and who has RESOURCES in place that can help you where and when you need it.
Watch for PART TWO when I share what items to add to your timeline! Cheers to making your move easier!