Tips for Seniors: Downsizing to a New Home

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Tips for Seniors: Downsizing to a New Home

 Older adults often find themselves needing to sell their home and relocate for economic or health reasons. Retirement and a loss of income can make it impossible to maintain a large house, as can a downturn in one’s health and mobility. In such circumstances, moving to a smaller home can make day-to-day life more manageable. And yet, at the same time, it can be an unsettling experience if you’ve lived in a large space for many years. Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the unsettling aspects of moving. Below are tips to get you going.

 What kind of life do you want?

 Think about the kind of life you want after retirement. Do you want to live closer to relatives, near healthcare providers, or close recreational activities? Are you primarily concerned with getting rid of all the clutter in your life and starting over in a more manageable home? These are the questions you definitely need to answer before you can really get started, as it’s important to determine what kind of post-retirement lifestyle you want to lead.

 For example, consider your finances and what it will cost to move and live in a new location before making your decision. If you’re planning to purchase a new home, it’s important to select a property that fits your needs as well as your budget. If your new abode ends up costing you more money than your previous place of residence, then you’re not making things any easier for yourself. Before contacting a real estate agent to get the process started, spend some time doing research online. Are you, for example, interested in living in La Mesa, California? It’s important to know that the average cost of a house in that area runs around $576,300. If that figure it out of your price range, you might need to consider a different locale.

 You should also take accessibility modifications into consideration when you’re buying a house. If you’re unsure how much it will cost to bring your house to a comfort level that suits your needs, use online tools to help you calculate those costs before purchasing a new home.


 Decluttering your home is one of the first steps you’ll take in preparation for moving. When picking what to keep, consider the size of the space you’re moving into so you don’t just transfer your clutter to a new, smaller space. It’s also important to make conscious choices during the process to avoid repurchasing something you tossed out while downsizing. However, keep in mind that the goal is to eliminate more than you can fit in your new space.

 Streamline as much as possible

 Scan and electronically store paperwork, clean while you sort, and pack items by room. Take a streamlined mindset into packing in general. For example, if you have three can openers and two pressure cookers, get rid of the excess before you start packing. Also, if there simply isn’t enough room in your new home for the items, then consider donating or recycling these things if at all possible.   The less you bring, the easier it will be to get settled.  

 Moving in

 Do yourself a big favor by cleaning and setting up storage space before you move everything in. Arrange closets so you’re not scrambling around looking for small things that you need - it’s a good way to reduce the stress of moving in. Consider hiring a maid service to help you organize and clean your old home and prepare your new space.

 Downsizing to a new home can be a frightening and overwhelming experience for older adults. It’s important to prepare carefully and thoughtfully to avoid allowing it to fall into disorder.

 Written and submitted by: Michael Longsdon          ​