There are some difficult circumstances that we must face in life. Moving aging parents from their much loved home to a new home with less maintenance is one of those difficulties. This is a task that will take much planning and patience on your part. You must plan the move from start to finish, then proceed with caution.
What to consider when moving with aging parents
The first step in your plan should be to work with your parents, if they are able, to reduce their own household inventory. Many older people have collected so many things over the years that it would be nearly impossible for them to sift through it all themselves, and there may be items you’d like to hang onto.
Once you have decluttered, you will need to spruce up the existing living space. In other words, make necessary repairs and put a fresh coat of paint on in the rooms that need it. Also, change out any outdated fixtures. Once you’ve done so, you may want to contact an agent to help sell the home. While the home is being marketed, you’ll want to shop together for a better living space that is aging friendly.
When their home sells, it will be time to pack and hire a removal company. The less you have to do on moving day the better. You will likely have your hands full helping your parents say goodbye to their old home and hello to that new space.
Your last step is to help your parents settle into their new home. Unpack those boxes and get things organised for them so they are not overwhelmed. Also, show them around their new community. Ensure they become familiar with where the nearest shops along with other locations close to the new home.
Moving aging parents can be tough, but these tips can help make the process a smooth one.