How To Successfully Move Into A Retirement Home

Jane Wardle

Written by Jane Wardle on December 5, 2018

Updated August 7, 2019

Move into a retirement home guide

Making the decision to move into a retirement home or senior living facility is not easy for anyone, but is often a sensible choice for securing a comfortable future. Once you have decided that retirement living is the best thing for yourself or a family member, you need to begin planning the move. Moving home is difficult no matter what age you are, and while it can be an exciting journey it can also be emotional, especially when you need to downsize and organise your belongings.

There are a lot of factors to consider before moving into a retirement home, such as choosing a home that is right for you and deciding what to bring with you. This guide covers how to successfully move into a retirement home, and a few top tips to make the process easier.

Choosing Your Retirement Home

There are plenty of retirement homes and senior living facilities available and selecting the right one for you, or your family can be tricky. Think about the location of the home as well as its facilities and policies. Some retirement homes let you bring pets with you, some will do all your laundry for you, while others take a more relaxed approach and offer their assistance only when asked.

Usually, once you have chosen a senior living village or facility that works for you, you can then choose which home within that village you would like. Most retirement homes will be smaller than your current property, and some downsizing will be required, but think carefully about how much space you will need.

Some retirement homes will come fully furnished while others will allow you to bring all your own belongings with you. Think carefully about which option is best for you and then look into facilities that offer your preference.

Selling Your Current Home

Sell your home or let it out

If you are going to sell your current home before moving into a retirement village, it is important to get that ball rolling as soon as possible. Selling a property can take time, and there are a lot of decisions to be made such as choosing an estate agent and selling price.

Get a few local estate agents in to value your home and discuss how they would market your property. This should give you an indication of the property’s current market value and which estate agent you would prefer to work with. Once your house is on the market, carefully consider any offers and don’t rush into any decisions if you aren’t sure.

Give your home a little spruce up before putting it on the market to get the best possible price. First impressions count so get your garden tidy and give your front door a lick of paint.

Deciding What To Pack

Packing up for moving into a retirement home is often the most difficult part of the process as you will need to decide what to take with you and what to give away or sell. Yours or your loved one’s belongings probably hold many precious memories which can make choosing what to get rid of them very difficult.

Give yourself a lot of time for the packing process, so you don’t have to make any rushed decisions and have the time to consider everything carefully.

Start by writing a list of all your must-have items to bring with you to your new home, try to write it without walking around your house and looking at everything. If you can’t think of it off the top of your head, then the chances are you won’t miss it. When you begin packing make sure you have everything you need such as boxes, tape and a pen, and ask loved ones to help you.

Start by packing up all the unsentimental stuff such as kitchen utensils and things in the garage, once you have made some decisions on these items you will be more prepared to begin packing up your living room and bedroom. Try to visit your new home regularly and get a floor plan with dimensions so you can work out where your furniture is going to fit.

Instead of throwing away things you aren’t going to take to your new home, try to find them a new owner in friends and family, or donating to a charity shop. If you can’t find them a new home, then recycle as much of it as you can. It is also good to remember you don’t need to dispose of things immediately, set them to one side out of sight and see how you get along living without them.

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