As one grows older, choosing to downsize to a retirement community comes with many benefits: living with like-minded people, easier accessibility, improved security and greater peace of mind as a support network is in place should your needs change.
However, despite the long-term advantages, downsizing can be an emotional and logistical challenge. We spoke to residents and staff at Anchor properties to get some top tips for those moving into a smaller property.
- Moving out of the home where you brought up your family can feel like leaving fond memories behind. This does not need to be the case. Rather than taking boxes of drawings, school reports and treasured-photographs to your new home, consider splitting these items by child or grandchild and making ‘memory boxes’ which can be given to each individual relative as a memento.
- Before auctioning off furniture, speak to family members to find out if there are any particular items which they would be keen to take. If the choice of what to keep and what to get rid of seems overwhelming, storage containers can be hired at a reasonable rate, allowing you to give items to family, friends and charities at a more leisurely pace.
- Relish a smaller garden. Our residents allow the Anchor gardeners to upkeep the grounds, which can be used for walks, reading and family picnics, while still maintaining their own small oasis on their balcony or terrace.
- Most importantly, consider the opportunities of moving to a retirement community. Anchor’s retirement properties are active communities where residents enjoy singing in the village choir, discussing literature at the book club and walking in the grounds, to name just a few activities. Downsizing is a great opportunity to take up a previously enjoyed pastime or a new hobby, learn new skills and make new friends.
Making your move as easy as possible
To help make your move as stress free as possible we are offering a range of incentives, which include the following.
Moving Made Easy
The Senior Move Partnership is a specialist relocation and rightsizing service that will help relieve the stress of moving and downsizing. Our dedicated team offers a bespoke relocation service which includes decluttering, furniture planning and much more to help you move to your new home.
We know that it can be difficult to sell your home but we can help by signposting you to a number of Part Exchange companies who have the ability to make an offer* on your property. This allows you to move into your new dream home much sooner than you think.
*The offer you receive will be below market value
For more information, please call 03300 970683
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