Downsize or Rightsize, is it Time?
Downsize Time-Ask the Questions
Chances are you are living in the house you raised your family. You love your house, it is filled with memories but bottom line, it is too difficult to maintain. Is it time to downsize or rightsize into a new home or apartment? The reasons are endless from retirement, health problems or simply just a step to eliminate work. Maybe you live out of town but are concerned your parents are struggling with the upkeep of the family move. Here are some things to ask yourself when deciding if you or your parents should move.
1. Are you simply ready for a change?
Perhaps retirement, empty nesting or a need to just have fun is making you think it is time to move on. You want to eliminate the overhead and constant upkeep a larger home may require. As Cyndi Lauper says, “Seniors, just wanna have fun.” If this is you, it might be time to put that house on the market and bring in a Senior Move Manager to help you decide what to do with years of accumulation.
2. Are you experiencing health problems?
As we age, this becomes one of the primary reasons for moving. Perhaps you can no longer climb the stairs or simply handle the day to day maintenance of home owning. Maybe your health has declined enough that you need to move to an assisted living facility or closer to family members. Consider not only short-term options but also your potential needs over the next few years. This may help you make smart decisions about your new residence.
3. Are you simply lonely?
Perhaps you have lost a spouse or your health hasn’t allowed you as many social opportunities. Especially if your family lives out of town, it can become difficult to have interactions with other people. Maybe it is time to consider moving closer to family or friends. Or take advantage of one of the fine senior living complexes in your area. Allowing you to live fully independently or with assistance, contingent on your needs. Ask about their social and recreational offerings to see if a move could help banish those blues.
Read our next post to find more questions to ask yourself to determine if it time to make some lifestyle changes.