by Julia Aldrich from www.Homelight.com
A big and spacious home is the dream for many American families looking to settle down. However, two or three decades later, after the kids have flown the nest and found their own places to grow their lives in, most retirement-age adults may be landing in a somewhat unprecedented predicament: a large house with an unnecessary amount of space. And, when we say unnecessary, we mean expensive and burdensome to take care of. Downsizing is a smart move for a lot of seniors who find themselves in this situation and the act can save them a lot of stress, as well as a lot of money if they go about it in the right way.
Here are a few tips to consider when making your downsizing house plans:
Understand what downsizing means to you
If you’re a retired senior, downsizing might not necessarily mean moving into a smaller home, but rather considering an independent or assisted living community designed for retired adults who don’t want to have to take on the burden of tending to a home as they continue to age. Homes aren’t easy to care for, regardless of their size, and having people around you who are there to offer a helping hand can take a lot of the weight off that comes with growing old. Independent and assisted living communities are there so that seniors can live both more stress-free and more securely.
Hire a real estate agent
A real estate agent is, without a doubt, one of the most beneficial assets to have on your side during any move. Selling a home that you’ve made a countless amount of memories can be a heart wrenching experience that nobody should ever go through on their own. An agent will help you list your home, show it to potential buyers, write up contracts, and determine when the best time to sell your home in Houston is while you plan for your next move.
Again, an independent or Houston senior living community is an optimal choice for seniors. One of the best things about retirement communities is the fact that if you start off in a more independent living arrangement and down the road find that you may need more assistance with day-to-day tasks, you don’t have to up and move again; you’d have to move several yards at maximum. Further, loneliness can lead to illnesses such as depression, which is unfortunately prevalent in older adults. Loneliness is far from an issue for those living in retirement communities because activities are constantly being planned and there’s almost always someone around to keep you company.
Moving, whether it be into a smaller house or not, can be both stressful and emotional; you’re saying farewell to a place where you’ve grown years of memories. Be sure to start planning in advance and, if downsizing is something you’re surely going to do, consider some transitioning into assisted living tips to help the move go a lot easier. Treemont offers comfortable and accessible housing for seniors in Houston, and we welcome all seniors who are on the lookout for their next forever home. To learn more about senior living Houston retirement community options, call Lupe or Linda at 713-783-6820 or visit www.Treemont.com. They can answer your questions and point you to the best option for your needs.