While the thought of moving into a vibrant social community with a wide array of activities and amenities is naturally intriguing, the idea of the move itself might feel overwhelming. Feelings of anxiety, nostalgia, uncertainty and even sadness are normal, but there are ways to make the transition a little easier. Here are some suggestions:
- Create a checklist for downsizing: Downsizing and decluttering your current home, so you can move to your new community with items that fit and mean the most to you, can be a stressful process. Planning ahead by setting a realistic timeline asking for help, organizing important paperwork, establishing a sorting system for your belongings, and donating or getting rid of items you don’t need will help streamline the process.
- Find the right real estate agent: If you own your home and you’re not passing it to a family member, you’ll need a trustworthy Realtor or agency to help you through the selling process. Read online reviews, ask for referrals from friends and family members, and meet with them in person, if possible, before you commit.
- Choose your movers: Often, people ask friends and family for help on moving day, but if you have a lot of items to transfer to your new place, you might want to enlist the help of a seasoned moving company. Read online reviews and request quotes to ensure your team will be reliable and fairly priced, and ask what kind of insurance coverage they offer. For your most precious and fragile items, consider packing and moving them yourself – or with a friend – to reduce the risk of damage.
- Change your address: According to moving.com, you should update your address with the post office, tax agencies, Social Security Administration, utility providers (if you’re responsible for those in your new community), your bank and credit card companies, insurance providers, magazine and newspaper subscription services, online shopping sites, clubs and organizations you belong to, doctors and other service providers, and your friends and family. Many of these only require simple online forms to change.
- Make plans for the items you won’t bring with you: Items that don’t fit your new space could find a second life with someone else. See if any family members or friends are interested in furniture, decorative items or kitchen tools. Consider hosting an estate or garage sale. Or donate items in good condition to a local charity. Give them a call before you drop items off to ensure that they’ll accept them.
- Don’t forget to have fun: Your move is a new adventure, so spend some time making your new place your own. Invite a few family members or friends to help you unpack and decorate. Sharing a meal and a few laughs in your new place may make it feel like home faster than you imagined. Consider buying some special decorative items to commemorate your fresh start. Then, start taking advantage of all the activities and amenities available right outside your door.