If you’re preparing to downsize from your family home into a retirement village, you may be feeling slightly daunted by the task ahead of you. The trick is to take it one stage at a time, so we’ve broken the journey down for you into three manageable steps.
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24 November 2023
| Retirement Living
Moving into a retirement community is an exciting time, with all the wonderful benefits that retirement living offers just around the corner – a strong sense of community and engaging social scene, beautiful amenities right on your doorstep, and the peace of mind that comes with relinquishing a large proportion of your property maintenance.
But for many seniors, the task of downsizing can be daunting. For some, it’s the first house move they’ve navigated in a long time – there could be decades’ worth of belongings to go through!
The good news is that with the right support and an ironclad plan, the move can be easy, stress-free, and even liberating.
In this article:
It is a great truism that preparation is the key to success. By decluttering and reducing the number of items you need to move, you’ll be preparing the way for a much easier, smoother move.
Be kind to yourself and give yourself plenty of time for the decluttering process.
We recommend giving yourself at least three months from your ideal moving date.
Start with the garage and the rooms you don’t tend to use day to day, and then work your way methodically around the house.
Try these handy tips to efficiently reduce your items:
Some BaptistCare retirement villages partner with fantastic organisations that can support you with the downsizing process - just contact your BaptistCare retirement village management team for details. These may include:
Remember - a positive and calm attitude throughout the process is key. Enjoy the liberation of decluttering – it can be a refreshing experience!
Now that you’ve decluttered your home, the task of tidying up and making the house look neutral and presentable for potential buyers will be that bit easier.
Once your house has been listed on the market, ideally, you’ll want to sell it within two to three weeks. After this, it can be harder to sell your home as potential buyers may equate the lack of sale with an issue with the property.
Therefore, it’s important to make sure your home is completely ready before you put it on the market, to give it the best possible chance of a quick sale.
This might involve:
Once you have successfully sold your property, take a moment to celebrate! It’s almost time to embrace the next chapter of your life!
The only stage left is to prepare for your move.
Once you’ve sold your home and confirmed your move-in date with the retirement village management team, it’s time to get packing!
Many people choose to engage professional removalists who can assist you with packing (and unpacking) your belongings ready for the move.
In addition, you can also prepare by:
Moving is a major life event and it’s a good idea to draw on support from family and friends if you can on the day. Try to get a good night’s rest before you move and remember to stay well hydrated throughout the day, taking regular breaks.
If you’ve lived in your family home for a long time, the move to a retirement community will take a bit of getting used to. Give yourself time to settle and get used to the change of lifestyle – it will absolutely be worth all the effort!
If you’re curious to see the benefits of retirement living for yourself, why not book a tour of your closest village?
Use our handy online tool to find a location in New South Wales or Canberra.