If you are getting ready for retirement, you are preparing for some of the most exciting years of your life. These are your golden years and it’s important to take every step needed to make them some of your best.
One way many seniors get the most out of their retirement is by downsizing their home. A smaller home typically means less mortgage to pay, as well as less maintenance to keep up with. If you are considering upgrading to a smaller home, here are some tips to help ease the process.
Finding a Home That Fits
When you are shopping for a smaller home, you should take enough time to really do your homework. Look into neighborhoods, home sizes and prices that will fit with all of your retirement plans. It’s also especially important to look at home values in recent months. As you are looking at houses, be sure to look for features that will make you feel safer and comfortable as you grow older such as security systems and accessibility upgrades. You should also bring your tape measure, so you can figure out whether your most loved pieces of furniture will fit without cluttering up your home. Finally, don’t hesitate to plan your move before you even find a home. This makes it easier to avoid stress and enlist the help of movers or family members.
Sorting Through Your Belongings
Closing on a home is major first step in downsizing, so the rest should be a piece of cake. Sorting through, packing and moving your home doesn’t have to cause you stress as long as you take some time to plan and research downsizing tips. Carefully consider what furniture and items you would like to bring. Obviously, you don’t want to have to replace all of your furniture but keeping bulky items in a small home can create a safety hazard. Divide other items into what you must keep, what you’d like to keep and what can definitely go.
For those things you simply cannot bear to part with yet, but cannot fit into your new home, think about renting a storage unit to keep them safe. Storage units in Pensacola, FL, range in price from $32 - $114, depending on size and specifications. For photos and paper documents, scan what you can, file away what you need to keep and shred leftovers or give photos to loved ones.
Packing Everything Safely
Streamlining your stuff should make packing a little easier. But it still helps to have some pro packing tips to make the process even smoother. Kitchen packing tends to be tricky, with all the sharp objects and breakables. Use socks, foam plates and oven mitts to cushion and protect fragile plates, breakable glasses and sharp knives. You can also cover utensil trays with plastic wrap to make unpacking easier.
When it comes to electronics, make sure you snap a photo before you disconnect wires, to give yourself a guide when hooking back up. You can also use egg crates, plastic wrap and trash bags to easily protect your jewelry, toiletries and clothing when packing up the bedroom and bathrooms. Be sure to label each box, so you know where it goes, and consider buying packs of quality moving boxes that cost as low as $29.40 to keep your belongings safe.
Once you have everything moved into your new home, you’re a third of the way to being done! Just take care when unpacking all of your items, as some things can shift during the move and ask for help with heavy or bulky belongings, so you can avoid injuries.
Downsizing is such an easy way to maximize your retirement. By moving to a smaller home, you are relieving a lot of stress in your life. Plan carefully, get help when you need it, and above all, enjoy your golden years in your new home.
ECUA has Free Bulk Waste Pick Up
Did you know that ECUA offers bulk waste pick up included in your bill?
ECUA is the largest provider of trash services in the area and now offers recycling for a lot of Santa Rosa County and even the City of Pensacola.
How does it work? If you have old household items you want to get rid of, place them in a 6'x 6' x 6' pile and leave them at the curb on your normal trash pick up day. They inform us that they start picking up bulk items early so to have your items on the curb by 5:30 a.m. on your routine trash collection day.
What type of items can you get rid of?
- Couches and mattresses
- Other furniture items
- Desks, dressers and chairs
- Rugs and carpets
- Vacuum cleaners
- Electronics must be placed in plastic bags to keep them dry
If you live in Santa Rosa County, you must call to schedule pick up. ECUA is the largest water and trash provider in our area. If you have a different trash service, please reach out to them as they likely have similar programs available. For more information, visit ECUA's website.
ECUA also offers oil and grease recycling as well as traditional recycling programs.
If you have nice items you think others may enjoy, check out our article on item and furniture donations in the Pensacola area.
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Moving out of a Realty Masters Rental Property
We want all of our residents to receive a full security deposit return! We also want our residents to leave the house ready for the next resident.
Watch this video for tips on how you can receive a full security deposit refund in 15 days. Moving is hard- it takes a lot of time and proper planning. We understand how stressful the moving process!
Because we typically have residents moving in right after you vacate, it's important to plan your move and ensure you leave plenty of time to clean, have the carpets professionally cleaned, and have the lawn manicured. Florida Landlord Tenant Law and your lease agreement require these items to be done by the resident. If not completed, the law allows the owner to hire workers to complete the work and make a claim against your security deposit if we have proper documentation to support the claim.
Please consider how you would like to find a home when you are moving in and understand that if you do not leave the home in white glove clean condition, we will have to hire a cleaning service and make a charge against your deposit which can delay the return of your security deposit up to 45 days! Most residents do not clean as thoroughly as thoroughly as they would expect a home to be cleaned upon their move in. Because of this, we suggest hiring a cleaning service upon move out to ensure your deposit is not tied up due to minor cleaning charges.
Give us a call or email us with any questions you may have about moving out of a Realty Masters rental property in the greater Pensacola, Florida area. We are happy to explain the move out process and answer any questions you may have.
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