Selling a home and rightsizing your possessions to move to a retirement community is exciting, but it is a transition, which can make it feel overwhelming. Fortunately, with the right planning, you can make the most of the real estate market and your move.
Work with an experienced Realtor.
When you are ready to begin exploring the real estate market in your area, start by finding a Realtor who understands your stage in life as well as your objective for the move. Consider searching for a Senior Real Estate Specialist®, or SRES. According to their website, these specialists are able to “meet the needs of maturing adults when selling, buying, relocating or refinancing residential or investment properties.” Your SRES will be able to better guide you as you work on selling your home and preparing for a smooth transition to a new community.
Work on house projects.
Before you put your home on the market, take time to work on house projects that will build value and increase the number of potential buyers. Focus on projects that increase curb appeal and create a fresh, neutral look. For example, hire painters to paint the inside of the home a neutral palette, upgrade kitchen and bathroom finishes and invest in energy-efficient features.
Clear the clutter.
You don’t have to wait to sell your home in order to begin downsizing. In fact, clearing out the clutter of your home before you put the house on the market can help with your showings. You can begin to work room to room, going through your possessions and choosing which ones to donate, which to sell, and which ones to keep. You’ll get a wonderful jumpstart on organization long before moving day arrives.
Celebrate your home.
Once you put your home on the market, it is time to celebrate everything you love about your house and your neighborhood. Plan dinners out with friends at your favorite spots, take photos of your favorite blooming tree in the spring, and enjoy all the memories your home has brought you.
Work with your retirement community.
Your move to independent living will be smooth thanks to the team at the community. Be sure to keep in contact with your new community so that you can arrange the logistics of moving day. You can also schedule a time to enjoy your new lifestyle before you move in by planning to attend meals or events at the community. It’s a great way to ease into retirement community life and meet new friends.
Work with an organizer.
Professional organizers are a wonderful resource when it comes to making a move to retirement community living. You can hire one to work with you for an extended period of time or you might just want a quick consultation where you can learn the tools you need to make packing, organizing and sorting a bit easier.
Now that you have the key considerations for getting your home on the market and how to plan a successful move, it is time to find the perfect retirement community. We would love to show you what exceptional independent living looks like at Redbrook at The Glen. We have five unique floor plans to choose from and amenities such as al fresco dining, a yoga studio and an indoor heated pool.
Contact us to schedule your personal tour.