Our homes are full of memories–memories of family gathering, children growing up, laughter, tears, and love. Homes, although mere buildings, hold a special place in our hearts. So making the choice to move is not easy.
So what should drive a decision to move? Sometimes our homes become a burden. They can be too large, too expensive, too hard to maintain. Maybe you need a change of scenery or want to move closer to family.
If you decide that moving is the right decision for you, Transition Tamers can help you. We can help you find reputable realtors, appraisers, movers, stagers, and guide you in the steps to make the move easier. Contact Us today to see how we can help you!
So, what’s the best way to make this choice? This checklist may help: (HelpGuide.org)
Location and accessibility. Even if you are completely independent at this time, circumstances can change. It pays to think a little about your current location and accessibility of your current home. For example, how far is your home from shopping, medical facilities, or other services? If you can no longer drive, what kind of transportation access will you have? Can your home be easily modified?
Level of Care. No one can predict the future. However, if you or a loved one has a chronic medical condition that is expected to worsen over time, it’s especially important to think about how you will handle health and mobility problems.
Social support. How easy is it for you to visit friends, neighbors, or engage in hobbies that you enjoy? If it becomes difficult or impossible for you to leave your home, you’ll become isolated and depression can rapidly set in.
Caregiving Support. You will want to consider housing where both your current and future needs can be met. Even if family members can commit to caregiving, they might not be able to fill in all the gaps if physical and medical needs become extreme.
Finances. Making a budget with anticipated expenses can help you weigh the pros and cons of your situation. Senior housing options like assisted living can be expensive, but extensive in-home help can also rapidly mount in cost, especially at higher levels of care and live-in or 24-hour coverage.