Renovations: It Is Your Home, but There Are Still Limitations

Cathy Gordon,

When you live in a retirement community, it’s similar to living in an apartment for the fact that someone else owns the property, so renovating is not always an option. You can always make minor changes like hanging pictures or installing a hook for your coat. However, if any renovations are desired, they will be performed at the discretion of the retirement community.

Getting Ready to Move? With a Little Help, All You Need is 1 Day

Cathy Gordon,

Moving is a pretty stressful experience, and a downsizing move makes the process more complicated. With a little help, you can move, and be settling into your new home in just one day! How? Well, Certified Relocation and Transition Specialists (CRTS) use systems to help seniors move efficiently and with minimal stress.

Packing and Unpacking

Your transition specialist and his or her team operate on both sides of your move. They will help with the packing and the unpacking, to help set up your new home exactly the way you want it. Everything is put away, the electronicsplugged in, pictures hung, and your clocks set. This way, when you move into your new home, everything is ready and you are free to relax and enjoy your new place.

Moving Long Distance? Tips To Make The Ride a Little Smoother

Cathy Gordon,

A long distance move is a complicated affair. When you move a short distance you typically have one mover, a truck, and it gets done in a day—maybe two. A long distance move can involve many more people, and multiple moving companies. What makes it so different? How can you have a successful long distance move?

Consignment Moving

For many people, when you hire a long distance moving company you will be hiring them for what is called a consignment move. During your initial contact with the moving company they will want an estimate of the size and quantity of items to be shipped. When your belongings will not fill up one of their moving trucks, it is called a consignment move. They are not going to send a truck halfway across the country if it is not full. Your moving company will then contact local movers who will pick up your goods and transport them to their main shipping lot. Once enough people have booked moves to similar destinations (or somewhere on the way) the truck is packed up (in the order in which it will be dropped off) and finally departs. Therefore your property may be picked up on the 1st of the month, but it could be the 15th when it starts its journey across the country.

Is Your Home Holding You Back? How to Live the Good Life!

Barry Gordon,

Retirement can be a chance to live the good life. Without the responsibilities of work and with your kids living on their own you have a lot of time for you. It’s a great opportunity to travel or pursue other activities or hobbies, but there’s one thing that can hold you back: your house.

A house comes with a lot of responsibility. There is a lawn to care for, eaves troughs to empty, and snow to shovel. Inside, there are repairs large and small to manage. Even if you own your home it can be costing you a lot in insurance, property taxes, and utilities.