later life move

Later Life Move: Why? When? Where?

There are advantages to ‘aging in place’ and more services are available to help you stay in your home longer. But it may not be the best solution for you. You may want to consider a later life move.

Why Make a Later Life Move?


Are you retired, or soon to retire? This usually means a change in income. A later life move could have financial advantages for you. If you don’t have a financial advisor, finding one may be the first step in your investigation process. For quick financial calculations, including how a move could change your finances, try this online tool from Boston College.

Tired of Home Maintenance

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the expenses and the responsibilities of maintaining a home? As there is less you can do yourself, expenses of hiring work done increase. You may not have reliable people to hire for landscaping, snow removal, repairs and updates. And you may dread having to deal with getting estimates and dealing with the issues that come up during the contract. It might be time to consider a later life move to a rented apartment or downsizing to a condo.

Want to Travel

Are you ready to travel? Many seniors prefer to spend their winters in a better climate. A move could lessen the worries of property at home and it could also free up some money to make travel possible.

Be Closer to The Action

Would you like to be closer to something or someone? Maybe you would like to be able to walk to a grocery or a restaurant. Perhaps you would like to live closer to your grandchildren. Would you like to be closer to friends and activities you enjoy. Are you tired of driving everywhere? Maybe a new location could allow you to give up driving. Most of the reasons for a later life move have financial implications. But, this one is about a choice of lifestyle.

Unused Rooms

Do you have unused rooms? Those extra rooms are costing you money. Sure it’s nice to have them if the kids come home to visit, but it is no doubt less costly and better for the environment to put them up in a hotel than to maintain those empty rooms.

Cash In On Home Equity

Can you make big money by selling your home now? If your home has appreciated a lot since you purchased it, now might be a good time to cash in on that appreciation by selling and putting the money towards your retirement income.

When Is the Right Time to Move?

Sooner Rather Than Later

If you have been thinking you will eventually move, sooner may be better than later. Moving doesn’t get any easier with time. The sooner you make the move, the more in control you will be, the more adaptable you will be to your new lifestyle, and the more time you will have to enjoy the benefits of the move.

Middle of the Month

If you are wondering what time of the month is best, movers are less busy between about the 12th and 20th of the month.

If you would like to organize your move, including your timeline, on your i-pad or smart phone, consider the 5 apps reviewed in this article.

Where will I move?

You probably have a lot of choices and that makes it even harder to decide. It’s important to have some idea of how you would like to live, what sort of activities you want to pursue, and who you would like to be close to. Plus, how much can you afford?

And then you have to think about the future. Will the location still work if you decline with age? Will you still be easily able to get to essential services? Will you have some people around for support? If you need care, can it be provided without another move? There will always be compromises and trade-offs when choosing a new location.

Information about homes of various styles for sale or rent can be provided by a good realtor. If you are looking into retirement residences in Ontario, the Ontario Retirement Communities Association ORCA website is a great source of information.

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Making Your New Home Feel Like Home

Making your new home feel like home right away will help you adapt to your new environment. The sooner you adjust, the less stress you will feel.

Not all stress is bad. You might be excited about making a move. Moving to your new home should have some benefits, even if the move wasn’t something you planned.

However, changing everything all at once could be too much. We think it is better to start off in your new home with as many similarities as possible. Then, when it truly feels like home to you, you can consider phasing in a few changes if you wish.

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Check out Services and Rates OR Contact us. If you are confident that you have the support you need to unpack and set up on your own, then please accept the following tips. We hope they will help get you settled in with ease.

Plan thoroughly for your new home.

If space is tight in the new home, measure and draw a scale plan. Measure the furniture you would like to take and plot it onto the scale plan. Rearrangements Relocation and Transition Services uses computer software to create plans. The software can also give you a 3D view. making it easier to visualize how things will look. A detailed plan is helpful in making tough choices about which furniture to bring. Have the plan available for the movers on move day to so the movers can set up without having to ask you about everything.

How do you go about making your new home feel like home?

1. Arrange things in the same order.

If the cups were always on the the right side of your sink, put them in the same place in your new kitchen. Was the nightstand always on the left side of your bed? Put it in the same place in your new bedroom. Having things in the same spatial relationship will keep you from feeling totally disoriented.

This tactic is extremely important for those who are suffering from some memory loss or dementia. If you are helping a person move who has these problems, take plenty of pictures of how things were laid out and use those to recreate the layout as closely as possible in the new home.

2. Keep the furniture you use the most.

As we age our world tends to shrink. Do you sit in one favourite chair? You likely have a bed you are used to – it could even be a sofa. If it is possible to take the pieces you actually use to your new home, you will be more comfortable. A time may come for their replacement, but doing it now just increases the magnitude of disruption caused by a move.

3. Surround yourself with the things that bring the most joy and comfort.

If you are downsizing, keep only things you use frequently and things which have happy memories. When you are keeping something because you love it, find a way to use it. You may have to seek some creative solutions if you end up with more pictures than walls. But, if you are keeping them you should be able to see them.

4. Don’t feel obligated to keep things.

Don’t feel obligated to keep things you inherited or were given as gifts if they don’t meet the useful or joyful criteria. Perhaps you can hand down the family heirlooms to the next generation and give the gifts to someone who will appreciate them more. If you find it impossible to part with them, even though they don’t suit you, perhaps you can repaint or recover or re-purpose them so they will meet your criteria. Think of this as adding your own chapter to the item’s story.

5. Get unpacked and set up quickly.

Don’t live in a pile of boxes because you don’t have the strength or the will to unpack. It’s unsafe and unhealthy. Ask for help. One of the things people like most about using a our service is that we do the hard work of unpacking and setting up so that our clients can walk in to a new home that already feels like home.

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