Maybe it is something you have been thinking about for a while, or maybe an event triggered the question. Either way, older adults (and their adult children and family) often find themselves asking whether they should consider moving. And if so, when they should move. Each person and circumstance will vary, but be aware of these important signs that it may be time to move.
You don’t need- or want- the space Your sprawling suburban family home no longer houses the kids who are now grown and moved out. At this stage, many adults prefer to use their free time and money to travel, which can be hindered by the inconvenience and upkeep required by a large home. When bedrooms are sitting empty and the home is no longer the hub of family activity, downsizing to a smaller space might be the best move. Many adults take this downsizing opportunity to move closer to family that may live elsewhere or to a particular retirement community that suits their lifestyle.
The house has become too much to manage When regular maintenance of the home (like cleaning) becomes overwhelming due to physical limitations, it is likely to become neglected, which further adds to the stress of taking care of a home. Eventually, this deferred maintenance may become hazardous to the resident’s health and well being. A crisis event (such as tripping or falling) may be more likely, which can be the catalyst for more serious conditions and stress. Preventing a potential crisis should always be a priority.
Access in the home becomes restricted Perhaps several years ago those three front steps were not an issue, getting in and out of the bathtub wasn’t a problem, and you could easily carry the laundry up and down the stairs. Now…your balance is less steady and you find each of these tasks becoming more challenging and more difficult. When you can no longer enjoy your home comfortably, it may be time to consider moving. It is best to avoid situations when you are not feeling surefooted, but when that is not possible, be sure you have safety bars and rails, and other necessary accommodations and equipment accessible to help keep you safe and comfortable.
Unfortunately, many adults stay in their homes longer than they safely should because of fear of moving and not being fully educated on their options for selling, buying, and housing. Consult with a Seniors Real Estate Specialist for what that looks like for you and your family.