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Moving into a Village

When the decision to move to a retirement village or independent living unit has been made, the reality of ‘the move’ can be overwhelming. There is so much to do!

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Moving house can be overwhelming so simply take one step at a time (Source: Shutterstock)

The situation can be even more daunting for people living on their own, for those who are physically challenged or whose families are too far away to help.

So, where do you start? If you’re on the downsizing journey, always take one step at a time.

What to take with you

First and foremost, know how much space you will have in your new home. Once you know this, you will have some idea of the amount of things you can bring with you.

Most people will have gathered a life time’s worth of well-loved belongings, so it can be difficult to decide what to keep and what to let go of.

And it can be a very emotional process.

Taking an inventory of all your belongings, then asking yourself what you would take with you in the event of a bushfire can help you in the decision making process. It will help you take stock of what is important to you, what you can live without and the things you can replace.

What else should I consider?

Taking the time to properly plan your move will help you achieve everything in the ideal timeframe; this will minimise costs and stress, and maximise profit/income.

Other points you need to consider include:

  • Paperwork such as redirecting mail, disconnecting utilities, change of address notifications
  • The steps needed to be taken, such as cleaning and gardening, to prepare your property for sale or lease
  • The physical aspects of packing and transporting your belongings in your new home
  • Assistance in moving into your new home such as unpacking, ensuring furniture is in position, installing electronic devices and hanging pictures etc.

Where to find help

Moving house requires help and don’t be afraid to ask for it early on.

There are specialists that can help in many areas of a move such as:

  • Assisting with sorting through household contents and possessions and decluttering
  • Disposing of excess items through sales or charities
  • Organising, coordinating or assisting with the physical move such as packing, arranging transportation and unpacking in your new home
  • Cleaning, repairing and presenting your home and garden for sale/lease
  • Assisting with paperwork such as organising mail redirection and disconnecting utilities

These specialists should represent your best interests at all times.

They will not only help coordinate and manage your move, but they will also help relieve you, or your loved one, of the stress and hassle that comes with moving.

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