Moving into a Smaller Home as a Senior

For many aging seniors, there comes a time when living in a big home may no longer seem like the best fit. You have an empty nest, and your multi-bedroom house may feel large and empty. Plus, it may be difficult to keep up with maintenance and mortgage payments if you are expecting a lower income during your retirement years.  

When aging in place is no longer an option, you may consider downsizing. As a family-owned business, we know it can be hard to move on. Moving can feel overwhelming for anyone, and moving into a smaller home can be especially emotional as you say goodbye to a home that you lived in for much of your life. 

We hope these tips will help make this transition a little less overwhelming. 

When Downsizing, Do Your Research  

Once you have decided that it is time to downsize, narrow down the size and style of house that you are looking for online. Explore listings in your preferred size and location so you can come up with a budget for your new home.  

Think into the future when looking at homes—consider what changing needs you and your spouse may have over time. One-story houses will be much more accessible for you down the line.  

Remember to research the new neighborhood and pay close attention to the house’s distance from grocery stores, recreation, hospitals, and public transportation.  

Plan for Storage 

If you are moving into a condo, apartment, or senior living community, you may not have the closet space, attic, or basement space that you are used to. If you have items that you can’t part with or need to store any heirloom furniture, Florida’s Best Moving has short and long-term storage options available.  

Live near Tampa, FL, and ready to downsize? Our local moving and storage experts are happy to lend you a hand with your move. Call Florida’s Best Moving today: (813) 485-6580!   

Downsize Methodically  

One of the hardest parts of moving into a smaller space is downsizing. How do you get rid of sentimental items that you have been accumulating for decades?  

As you declutter, go room by room and sort items into these five piles: 

  • Keep 
  • Donate 
  • Sell 
  • Gift 
  • Throwaway 

Don’t be afraid to let go of those items that are useful but not necessary for the next chapter in your life. Further, don’t keep things out of obligation or guilt. While you downsize, keep a floor plan of your new home nearby to plan out what furniture will fit, and what won’t.  

MORE > Downsizing: Overcoming the Emotions 

Pack Like a Pro 

Protecting your collectibles and items while packing is important to ensure that they arrive at your new home in one piece. These hacks can help make packing a little easier: 

  • Socks can make great padding for mugs and glasses, while you can transport knives inside of an oven mitt.  
  • Secure desk drawers and kitchen storage trays with plastic wrap to make unpacking easier. 
  • Keep your clothing on hangers and slip a garbage bag over them for protection.  

P.S. Don’t forget to pack an essentials bag for everything you need for the first night in your new house!  

MORE > Moving Tips for Seniors  

We will help you have a successful and stress-free senior move. Give Florida’s Best Moving & Storage a call today for a FREE in-home estimate at (813) 485-6580.   

Follow a Moving Checklist  

There is a lot of remembering to do before, during, and after moving day. Make a checklist of the most important things so you don’t forget! It is important to take things slow when you go through your possessions and move to a new home to spend your golden years. 

Ensure that you transfer your utilities, update your mailing address, and find a professional moving company to help you move. 

Senior Moves with Florida’s Best Moving  

If you are downsizing to a smaller home, contact our licensed senior moving professionals at Florida’s Best Moving for a free moving quote today! We will take care of everything from start to finish and can even help you pack and unpack your items.  

Have a stress-free senior move with our local movers. Fill out our quote form below or give us a call at — (813) 485-6580!  

Ask about our 10% off Tampa Bay Senior Moving Special!