When making the most important decisions of our lives, who do we count on to give us the very best advice? Think back, look over the course of your life and highlight the moments when decisions had to be made. Does there seem to be a pattern as to who helped you the most with the most difficult decisions you were impelled to make?
The decision to move to a new home, whether it would be a senior community, a senior apartment complex, a condominium, or another single family home, may be one of the most difficult thought provoking times of your life. My experience in working with thousands of seniors who have lived in their homes for many years, has led me to the belief that one needs to consult with others who can give objective and intelligent advice when making important life changing decisions.
When looking back at your life, you relied on many people for advice. Some had an agenda, some cared about you but too many past scars or negative experiences tainted their advice given. Some didn’t fully grasp the significance of the decision from your perception. But there were a very few that always seemed to be correct in their predictions. They seemed to have that extra sensory perception as to what the outcome of your decision would be. That is the person or people you need to express your feelings and desires and wishes as to your possible move to new housing.
Once you have established who these people are, these pundits, you should write down a list of pluses and minuses as to why you should or should not move from your present home. Then call each of your guides and meet with them to discuss your lists of concerns. Then ask for their opinion and write it down! It is important to see it in writing, so that you can see exactly what they told you. We tend to color other’s opinions to match our own.
Now, ask yourself what professionals can also give me the proper advice that I need to complete the decision making process. My experience shows that when considering a move to new housing, senior financial counselors are at the top of the list. They can provide you with the information you will need as to what you can actually afford. They can advise you as to how much can you spend per month so that your money will last you a lifetime. Your attorney can advise you as to how a move will affect your estate. A moving consultant can explain all of the services available to you as to downsizing, packing, and costs to move your personal belongings to your new home. A Senior Real Estate Specialist can show you how much equity you currently possess in your home, a game plan as to timing the move, and refer you to all of the services you will need when preparing for your move.
The lesson here is to utilize all of the people and services that are readily available to you when making one of the most important decisions of your life. Remember, your ultimate goal should be to maintain your freedom and independence, but most importantly to improve the quality of your life. Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but by the moments that leave us breathless!