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Plan your Move to your Retirement Home: What are you Taking?

Once all your children are gone and you begin to think about retirement, a big question may come to mind: where are you going to live?

While some people stay in their home, others realize the benefits of making a move. If you plan on moving, regardless of your final destination, you need to decide what to take with you, what to sell, and of course, what to put in the trash.

Let’s examine a few important questions:

  • What are you going to take with you? From furniture to household items, you must answer this question sooner rather than later. Once you know what you are taking and what you aren’t, you can move onto the next question.
  • What are you going to sell? If you are not taking an item and you don’t want to put it in the trash, your best remaining option is to put it for sale. This may be a great way to pull in some extra cash to outfit your new home once you arrive.
  • How are you going to sell the items you don’t want? If you only have a few items for sale, it is best to stick with old time favorites such as newspaper classifieds and Craigslist. For those who have more items to sell, such as entire rooms, an estate sale is a great idea. This improves your chance of selling everything at a fair price.

Tip: Every good move is driven by the floor plan of the new home. Lay out the furniture that you want to take and keep in mind that the recommendation is a 3-foot pathway between major furniture pieces.

Note: not only can you sell your current belongings via an estate sale, but you can scour these once you move into your new home. You may find that you can get everything you want, such as high quality furniture, at a fraction of the new cost.

With plans to move to your retirement home dancing in your mind, it is time to consider what you are taking with you and what you are willing to sell or leave behind.




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