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How Do I Downsize for a Retirement Move in Dickson, TN? Packing & Moving Possessions & More

When planning to retire once all the kids have left the nest and started their own lives, the thought can be exciting. Moving after retiring some bit of preparation and planning. We at Good Time Moving & Storage would like to take the opportunity to offer some tips to help the new retirees plan their move.

Decide Where I Want to Move?

The first thing you need to do is decide where you want to go. If you have children or grandchildren, you may not think you are indifferent to the distance, but after awhile you may come to miss your loved ones. If they are already living elsewhere, moving closer might be ideal. On the other hand, some retirees might find they are expected to be the designated nanny and a little distance might be the preferred choice. Consider weather and how the climate and allergy triggers will impact your health. You want to be happy and finding a new place to call home is a major decision so make sure you weigh the pros and cons of the area you are looking to move to.

How Big Should Your Living Space Be?

There is a lot of different mentalities when it comes to your living space. “Bigger is better” or smaller space for just me or me and the spouse is all that is needed. In any case, some find going from a decent size living space to a much smaller space is difficult to get use to. However, the more space there is the more there is to clean and maintain unless of course the budget permits a maid service to help you maintain the chores.

Moving Budget

Consider if downsizing will improve the finances. When you are retired, you have to set yourself to a budget, typically even more strictly than when you were working. Every bill needs to be accounted for. If downsizing the space might help cut the costs, that might be the best option. Perhaps a smaller home but a bigger yard is more fitting to your budget and hobbies as well. In any case, you need to factor all of the monthly costs of the new home such mortgage or rent, property tax, utilities, the cost of moving, and other monthly living expenses so you can comfortably afford the new living arrangements.

Packing & Moving Possessions

When you have nailed down the new location and found a new home, a move can get expensive if you move the 30 years of stuff with you. Downsizing the stuff is an essential part of the process. A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t used anything, exempting items with sentimental value, in over 12 months, chances are, you are not going to and don’t need it. Sell or donate the belongings that are in fair condition and toss the broken junk in the trash or recycle.

Local & Long Distance Residential & Commercial Packing, Moving & More in Knoxville, Antioch, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Goodletsville, Brentwood, Franklin, Hendersonville, Clarksville, Old Hickory & Greater Nashville, Tennessee

When moving, you need someone to ensure your stuff gets to the new home safely and likely, you will need help packing and other such services. Good Time Moving & Storage offers many services to make your long-distance move as easy for you as possible. Call us today to discuss your moving options!

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