Helping your elderly parents downsize and transition to a smaller home or a senior or assisted living community can be an emotional undertaking. It means boxing up a lifetime of memories, leaving friends and neighbors behind, and perhaps losing some privacy and sense of independence. But downsizing has its advantages. Here are five reasons that may help to alleviate yours and your parents’ apprehension about downsizing.
- You no longer need a big house. The kids are grown, you don’t need a two-story, 4-bedroom, 3-bath house anymore.
- You don’t need the headache of the up-keep. Power washing, mowing the lawn, costly repairs, cleaning from top to bottom. The daily grind of house work and maintenance is time consuming, and gets harder to maintain ourselves as we age.
- Pad your Nest Egg. Not having the expenses of a mortgage on a large home, not to mention saving on maintenance costs, selling your home can put money back in your retirement fund.
- More leisure time. With fewer rooms to clean and less lawn to maintain, downsizing can give you more free time to enjoy family, friends, traveling and hobbies.
- Less stress. Owning a large home can be overwhelming at any age, but as we age, it can become more difficult to manage daily household work, and the days of Do It Yourself fixes are few and far between. Downsizing to a more manageable dwelling or a senior community means less to worry about around the house.
Your Next Move can help you locate the perfect senior housing for your aging loved one. Our team of relocation specialists are also with you through every step of the transition process including home sale, downsizing, estate sales and moving household goods.
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Julie Kopetsky, President