Is it time for you or someone you know to downsize?

Is your house too big?  Are you having trouble with stairs?  Is there too much upkeep? Or, Are you just ready for a change?

Making the decision to move to a smaller space is extremely difficult for many older adults. If you've lived in your home for several decades, then leaving it may feel like an enormous loss. If your children have moved on, it may feel like your house is all you have left. You may think that your house is keeping you connected to those happy memories of years past, BUT none of that matters if your house is no longer safe for you.

Here's a checklist that might help you decide if it's time to move on. Give careful consideration to the following questions (or download as a PDF):

Your Neighbourhood
Is your home in a location near the amenities you need?
Will you manage to get around if you are no longer able to drive?
Is medical care nearby?
Do you feel safe?
Can you get to places like the bank and supermarket easily?
Are the sidewalks in good repair?
Would you like to have more of a social life?
Would you like to travel more or go on more outings?
Your Home
Can you keep up with basic household maintenance, repairs and yardwork?
Can you keep up with the housework?
Do you have to use a narrow or steep staircase to reach a bedroom, laundry room or bathroom?
Is your kitchen easy to navigate?
Can you reach cupboards easily without posing a safety hazard?
Can you get in and out of the tub or shower easily?
Can you keep up with the laundry?
Is your home in need of repairs you cannot afford?
Can you afford to get some help?
Your Own Physical Limitations
Are your memory and vision still good?
Would you or your spouse ever forget about a pot on the stove?
Have you ever left the water running and forgotten about it?
Can you remember to take your medications?
Can you pay your bills on time?
Are you able to prepare healthy nutritious meals for yourself?
Would you prefer to have meals made for you?
Can you easily clean up a spill before it becomes a slipping hazard?
Has driving become difficult?

As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist I can help you or a family member, with:

  • Reviewing your current living situation
  • Determining the next step in your living situation
  • Assist you in deciding what needs to be done to prepare your house for sale.
  • Help you navigate your way through the paperwork of a real estate transaction
  • Do most of the leg work involved in finding your next home
  • Assist in the moving process

Please call me for a FREE in-home consultation. I would be happy to help you make a stress-free move.

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