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Moving Tips: Moving into a senior community

Moving into a senior community can be positive.

Moving into a senior community can be positive.

If you are thinking about moving into a senior community, it may be a good idea to plan your switch well in advance, as you could be making some large changes. This is especially true if you are moving from a home instead of an apartment.

It is important to ask representatives of the retirement community what you can bring to your new dwelling and what may not be allowed. Just like an apartment complex, some things may be restricted. Specifically, if you have pets, make sure you find a place that allows them to be there. Some places will have pet-friendly areas, which will make it easier for you to walk a dog and meet with other pet owners.

You may need to downsize your belongings significantly before moving in. This can be a frustrating process, so it may be best to have family help you out. While you may donate some things to charities, your family may be very interested in the items you don't want anymore for sentimental reasons. If you have items that you want to keep, but don't think packing them will work out, it may be a good idea to rent out a storage area. This will allow you to access them at any time but keep them out of the way.

If you need help during a move, don't be afraid to ask. It isn't a sign of weakness to have some friends or family help prepare your items for transport by your moving company. This could help prevent injury or other forms of overexertion during the process.

Before you finally get your items into your new dwelling, it could help to visit the new space and get an idea of where you will put everything. This could help tremendously as it will give you a good idea of what you will be able to work with. Measuring and taking time to make diagrams may make the process easier.

When you move in and unpack all of your items, this may be a good time to meet your neighbors and get to know them. Some retirement communities will have organized events to help familiarize everyone with those around them. However, it is never a bad plan to be proactive and let everyone know that you are the new resident.