For many seniors, the fear of the unknown holds them back from selling their home and moving into a senior living apartment or cottage community. What if no one buys my home? What if I can’t afford the senior living community that I want? What if I don’t like it once I live there?
Some simple research and soul-searching can dispel the fear that hides behind each “what if” question.
What if I cannot sell my home?
The truth is that houses sell. An experienced real estate agent is an expert who can market your house to the right group of people so that it can be sold as quickly as possible. Ask family and friends for recommendations for a reliable realtor. Ask two or three real estate agents to give you an estimate on what they think the house can sell for. Ask how long it would take to sell your home. Since each local real estate market is different, you cannot rely on housing market information that refers to communities other than your own.
What if I don’t have enough money to move into a senior living apartment or cottage?
The only way to know for sure is to find out exactly how much it costs. Call and make an appointment to take a tour and meet with admissions. Check out several different senior living communities so you can see which one is right for you. Once you have the exact numbers then you can sit down with your financial advisor and your family to figure out what you can afford.
What if the senior living apartment or cottage is too small for me?
The more stuff you have, the more stress and responsibility you have. It might be good at this point in your life to downsize whether you remain in your home or not. Don’t wait until you are in poor health and leave it for your children to do. Be realistic. If you are never going to play tennis again, maybe it’s time to pass the racket on. Will you truly read 30 years’ worth of back issues of National Geographic?
The other way to know if the apartment or cottage is too small is to actually go and see one for yourself. Call and make an appointment to tour an apartment or a cottage.
What if I don’t make friends when I move to a senior living facility?
The reason they are called senior living communities is that they truly are communities. There are neighbors on every side ready to welcome newcomers. As long as you make yourself available, you too can be a part of the encouraging community.
What if I get bored?
Bored? There is so much to do! “Bored” is not a word that is heard very often in an active senior living community. There are always activities both official and unofficial.
What if I don’t like it once I live there?
Well, you could always move out! But, more than likely, you will wonder why you waited so long to move in!
Eliminate the fear behind the “what if’s” by asking questions and gathering information so you can make an informed choice about whether or not this is the right time for you to move into a senior living apartment or cottage.
Consider another kind of “what if” question: what if you don’t move into a senior living facility? You will be missing out on all the fun!
If you are looking for a senior living apartment or cottage in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, look no further than Pickering Manor. Call to schedule a tour today.