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So, the time has come, and you can’t easily maintain your home anymore and want to make the move into a senior living community. What are the next steps?

It can be difficult to watch the house you have worked hard to build into a home be sold, not to mention the stress that comes along with the preparing, showing and closing process. We have come up with several tips that will ensure a more seamless transition into a senior living community.

Consult specialized assistance.

Selling a house is no easy process and can be daunting, even if you have sold a home previously in your life. Finding a real estate agent with specialized experience in assisting seniors is often the best first move. Having an accredited real estate agent on your side will allow you to focus on the downsizing, packing, moving and refreshing while they deal with the negotiations of the sale. Not only will this allow you to spend your time making the house sell-ready, but it also offers peace of mind that someone who knows the market and the process is promoting your best interests.

Downsize accordingly.

The downsizing aspect of making a move into a senior living community can be tricky and is much easier when you plan. First, you should become familiarized with your soon-to-be senior living apartment, so you know how much room you have and what you’ll need to bring with you.

Then you can begin categorizing all your possessions into what you want to bring, what you want to donate and what you want to put into storage. Now that you know where everything is going, enlisting family or hiring a moving company to help you empty out the house you want to sell is the next step.

Focus on presentation.

Buyers tend to commit to a house that they can envision themselves living in which is made considerably easier by presenting a clean, updated, staged property. To set yourself up for a speedy sale process, it might be beneficial to find yourself the following professionals:

  • Painter / Handyman
  • Home Stager
  • Photographer
  • Home Inspector

All of these people will assist in elevating the presentation of your house to all the potential buyers. When you focus your efforts on making the space look beautiful, the showings will go over more smoothly, and your house is more likely to sell quickly.

All three of these tips will allow you to more easily sell your house so that your move into a senior living community can be light-hearted and more enjoyable.

For more assistance in making the move to senior living, reach out to your local Independence Village or StoryPoint community. Our Community Specialists have more than 35 years of experience assisting seniors with their transitions into senior living.


Luke Babich

Luke Babich is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top agents to save money on commission. He's an active real estate investor and licensed agent in St. Louis, with 22 units currently. Luke graduated from Stanford University and subsequently ran a historic data-driven campaign for University City City Council. Luke's writing has been featured in Homeland Security Today, Mashvisor, Payments Journal, and Bigger Pockets.

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