Downsizing before retirement can save seniors time, money, and stress. If you are a senior who is planning on downsizing in the next few weeks or months, you may be asking yourself some serious questions about how COVID-19 will impact your move. The following are answers to some of the most common downsizing questions you might have:

Will I Still be able to Sell my Home?

With many businesses operating under restrictions due to the pandemic, it’s only natural for seniors to be concerned about the housing market. While selling a home during this difficult time can take some creativity and improvisation, you should know that there are several tools you can use to keep your transaction safe for all involved. If you need to sell your home soon, virtual tours will help you show it off to potential buyers, and if you plan on selling it later, a little staging can ensure your home is ready for the market.

Whether you are signing documents online, holding Zoom calls with potential buyers, or setting up virtual tours, you’re going to need a device powerful enough to handle these tasks. Fortunately, you can save substantially when you buy a tablet or desktop computer online.

Want to save yourself even more stress when selling or buying a home either during or after the COVID-19 crisis? Then you should work with an experienced local real estate broker when you are selling your home.

How Can I Safely Plan my Move?

If you want to downsize, you should start planning your move as soon as possible. This will allow you to check tasks off your list in a timely manner and to develop contingency plans for moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. In terms of planning your move, finding a trusted moving service should be at the top of your to-do list. Be sure to ask for an estimate of moving expenses, and keep in mind that your moving costs can depend on several things, including the distance of your move, the timing of your move, and the total weight of your belongings. Sharing space with other households can also keep moving costs low, but if you plan on moving during the outbreak, this may not be the best bet for safety.

When Should I Declutter my Home?

Plan on downsizing after the COVID-19 crisis has subsided? Even so, you should really begin decluttering and cleaning out your current home. That is because downsizing and decluttering can be especially emotional and difficult for older adults. With decades of belongings to sort through and endless memories attached to those items, decluttering your home can take much longer than you may think. So, use your time during the pandemic wisely and get started on this task well ahead of your move. If your move is coming up a little sooner and you plan on moving yourself, you can also toss items out as you pack to save yourself some time. Whatever you do, avoid bringing your clutter with you to the new home, especially since clutter can cause falls and other health hazards for older adults.

How can I Settle into my New Home?

Moving can be stressful, even with the right tips and help, and feeling at home in a new house can take some time even after your move is over. If you want to settle in faster, try packing a few of your favorite things in a box that will stay with you during the move. That way, you can set those items out as soon as you get into your new home. If you are moving to a new city, there are also a few steps you can take to avoid feelings of isolation and to get to know your new neighborhood faster. Make time to introduce yourself to new neighbors and get out and explore local shops, cafes, and restaurants. Of course, much of this will need to wait until after COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, so spend the extra time organizing your new home.

COVID-19 doesn’t have to make your downsizing move more stressful. You just need to take a few extra precautions to keep yourself safe and to take the hassle out of downsizing your home.

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Michael Longsdon has made it his mission to help locate resources, events, and engagement opportunities to help enrich the lives of seniors. He created ElderFreedom.net, which advocates for the rights and support of seniors.

 

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