Guest Article by Andrea Needham
For many seniors, moving is something they’ve been looking forward to for a long time. Warmer climates may be beckoning, a smaller home with less upkeep may be calling your name or grandkids might be eagerly awaiting your arrival. Whatever the reason behind the move, there are services designed especially for seniors to make the moving process as pain-free and seamless as possible. Follow this guide presented by SafeHarbor Healthcare Services for a high-quality moving experience.
Selling Your Current Home
Besides finding a new one (and determining whether you need a mortgage and which loan option you should choose), one of the major parts of transitioning into a new home is selling your old one. You may need to sell your current house first before purchasing a new one. Before you list it, do some research into the local market to see how much you can expect to get for your home. There are many websites that can give you a ballpark idea of what homes are selling for in your area. Then, you need to ensure it’s ready for the market by making any updates and repairs that are necessary.
Consider investing in a home inspection so you can see the house through a potential buyer’s eyes and make improvements as necessary. While some issues such as outdated smoke detectors can be easy fixes, others can be major turn-offs for homebuyers. Problems such as leaking pipes and cracked windows can negatively impact the speed and price of the sale.
Updating the Home Before Moving
There are also many low-cost ways to increase your property’s value that will help make it more attractive to potential buyers. Painting is an incredibly cost-effective way to make a big impact on your house, and replacing the hardware on your cabinets and doors can also make a difference. Curb appeal is a motivator in many home sales, so boost yours by renovating your front entry and adding some greenery where possible.
Utilizing Senior Moving Services
Senior moving services are intended to handle the moving process from start to finish. You can find an accredited move service through the National Association of Specialty and Senior Move Managers. When you hire a senior moving service, they’ll first work with you to create a detailed floor plan for your new home. You can then work together to decide how best to arrange your furniture and other items within the new place.
Senior moving services will professionally pack your possessions and move them from your current house into your new one. This way you don’t have to worry about the time and strain to pack and move around boxes. They can also connect you with cleaning services to take care of your old home after all of your things have been transported.
Sorting Through Possessions
A lifetime’s worth of stuff can be overwhelming to sort through. Keep yourself organized by creating a to-do list that breaks down the decluttering process step by step. A senior move manager will help you go through your belongings and sort them into items to be taken to the new home, items to be sold and items to be donated or disposed of. Then, they will pack your items and transfer them to their appropriate places. Often, they can even arrange sales with an estate auction agent or auctioneering house. They can sell the objects you wish to get a good price for.
A move should be an exciting time in your life, one full of hope for the future. Research the local housing market to determine how much your home could sell for. Then, get your house in good condition to sell. Next, list with a professional real estate agent. Invest in senior moving services. And then, get ready to put your feet up and enjoy a fresh drink in your dream home.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services has been providing excellent home care on Staten Island since 1967. Our services help the elderly and disabled live safely and independently; while giving their families the peace of mind they need. For more information contact us by clicking here, or call (718)-979-6900.