Moving can be stressful, physically demanding, mentally exhausting and full of unpredictable challenges. How do you best mitigate this uncomfortable reality? At Armstrong Relocation Jack Treier Moving, we like to call it the M-O-V-E plan.M is for Manager. Nothing is more important for a successful move than selecting the service providers, setting the service expectations, supervising the service delivery and assuring that service is completed as expected. Someone must Manage the process.This can be you, the person that is moving, or it could be a family member or friend. You also may choose a 3rd party service such as a Senior Move Manager or Senior Transitions Specialist. Perhaps your most important decision in the move process is who is in charge? Its a big job, so be thoughtful in your choice.O is for organized. There are two parts to being organized. The first, the intangibles, is the hardest. You must be clear on your expectations, budget, timelines and preferences. If you are serving as the move manager, get a notepad and a calendar and write it down. Struggling with this part might just lead you to hire a professional move manager who will help you cover all the bases. The second part is being physically organized. First and foremost, know what you plan to keep and where it is going. Then theres the Three Ds: Distribute, Donate & Discard. Distribute whats going to family and friends. Donate whats usable & needed. Discard whats not usable & needed. And finally, you may wish to sell some items. Your professional move manager can assist in evaluating your options or you can web browse for estate sales or auctioneers. Just remember, items are only worth what someone is willing to pay. Dont overprice and have surplus items at the end.V is for Verify and Vocalize. All your service providers should provide you with Licenses, Training Certifications and Certificates of Insurance. Do they background check and drug test their employees? Get service commitments in writing and read the agreements and disclosures. Are they accountable if something goes wrong? Check out their on-line reviews and the Better Business Bureau. Vocalize your expectations and concerns. E is for Engaged. Whether you hire a move manager, get help from a friend or family, or go at it alone; stay engaged in the process. You are the most important aspect of a successful move. Your being satisfied with the results is the priority. Make sure success does not slip through your fingers. Armstrong Relocation Jack Treier Moving is a full-service Moving & Storage company located in Lancaster County for over 70 years. Fully licensed in Pennsylvania (a regulatory requirement for movers), Armstrong has the reputation as the trusted central Pennsylvania mover. Armstrong can customize its services to meet your budget and performs local & long distance moving. Armstrong specializes in having nice, careful and hardworking crews. Check us out on Google and at the Better Business Bureau.
Have you lived in your house for 20, 30, 40 years or more? Are there rooms or entire floors that you no longer use or need? Are there maintenance or repair items that should be addressed, but you don't have the funds or want to spend what is needed for those items?These are common concerns homeowners think when they are considering selling their house and downsizing. Like with any important decision, you need to educate yourself as best you can on this important life change, take time to digest the information, and study all of your available options. Selling a house and moving to a smaller home, apartment, or other senior living arrangement provides new opportunities as well as potential challenges.Questions You May Be AskingJust some of the questions you may be asking are: Where will I go? What are the best living arrangements for my current as well as future needs? What are the financial limitations or benefits with a move? Is your present or future health condition a concern? What items do I want, or can I take with me? How much is my house worth in its present condition? What repairs and maintenance items need to be addressed to make the house more sellable, and what are the costs of those?Is It Time to Sell Your House and Downsize?Only you can answer the above question. One of the primary items to consider is whether your house is too large or is just not the best housing option for your current or future needs.Has the death of a spouse made you ask if now's the time to move? This can certainly occur after the loss of a loved one.Has your house become too much of a burden? Has navigating stairs become a challenge or a danger to your health?Are there repairs or deferred maintenance that needs to be addressed? Ignoring these items will not make them go away. You may no longer want to take on the do-it-yourself projects that you once did. These items may not be possible because of your current finances, or you just don't want to spend the money on them.Is the condition of your health pushing you to move in with an adult child or move to an apartment community with healthcare options available for current and future needs? This can often be a factor in determining that it is indeed time to make the move to a better living arrangement, and be able to enjoy life more! If an adult child worried that you're no longer safe in your house and would like you in a living arrangement better suited for your needs?Would you like to stay in your house if you didn't have to worry about repairs, maintenance items, or outside tasks like mowing the lawn and scooping snow? There are options available that will allow you to stay in your house and not have to worry about those items.Items to Consider Before Selling Your House and DownsizingSome things to consider before selling your house and downsizing include: The timeline you are working with in regard to when you'd like to move, your current health, do you want or need to move sooner than later, and other factors such as what type and cost of living accommodations do you want to move to, and what items do you wish to take with you.Choosing The Best Real Estate ProfessionalThe right real estate professional can be a great asset in the process of selling a house and downsizing. They should have the experience in assisting homeowners that have your unique needs when selling a house and downsizing or moving to senior living.Most importantly, they should be able to offer multiple solutions to accommodate your needs and desires to get your house sold. Someone that I consider a Total Solutions Agent.The best real estate professional is someone that can offer or facilitate a direct sale of your house in its current "as is" condition and assist with your transition to a new home or other senior living arrangement, as well as being able to market your house in a traditional manner.Selling to a direct home buyer can be a great solution if you don't want to show your house, have strangers in and out of your house, do updates and repairs that you would not prefer to do or just don't want to spend the money on, or don't want to deal with the "catch 22" of selling your house before you know you can move into your new home or apartment, or moving and worrying about a vacant house.A direct home buyer may also be a good solution in situations where adult children, who live out of the area, are tasked with getting a parent or loved one into a senior living arrangement, and do not have the time or ability to get a house into show ready condition, especially if the house needs repairs and maintenance or is a hoarder situation.Listing and putting your house on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) may be the best solution if you don't mind those items mentioned above and want or need to maximize the value from your house. Listing your house will expose your property to the market of buyers and their agents that are looking to purchase a home. Current market conditions will dictate how easy or challenging selling your house in this manner will be.The best solution to sell your house typically comes down to the benefits a direct home buying company or real estate agent provides and the value you place on those benefits.Additional Resources to Serve YouThe best real estate professionals will also have additional resources available to make the transition from your house to a new home or apartment as stress and hassle free as possible.Providing "concierge like" services with connecting you with a move manager and/or moving company and possibly a "placement agent" that can discuss your needs of a new home or apartment community, can make the transition much easier.Are You Ready See If Selling Your House and Downsizing Is Right for You?If you're ready to see if selling your house and downsizing is right for you, just know that there are many resources available, starting with contacting us at Home Downsizing Solutions!