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Downsizing your home and seeking ways to live more simply and safely as we grow older is considered a smart thing to do. Yet most people need to warm up to the idea.

Whether you’re thinking of moving into a smaller, single-story home or a senior living community, downsizing will simplify your life, save you money, and alleviate stress throughout your golden years.

Therapy clients often benefit from talking through their options and the realities of transitions in this stage of life. There’s much that can be accomplished during counseling to help you make this decision. Simply put, choosing the right type of home to grow old in isn’t always easy and takes time and research. This is exactly why we’ve put together a list of tools and resources to help you make the best decisions for you, your budget, and lifestyle. 

Find the Right Type of Housing

What’s Your Retirement Housing Strategy? Discover Popular Housing Options 

8 Questions to Consider Before You Decide to Age in Place

The 5 Best Retirement Communities in Sarasota

Tips for Caregivers: How to Help an Elderly Loved One Downsize

Get Ready to Sell Your Home

Tips for Sellers: Specialists Help Seniors Buy or Sell a Home

Research the Sarasota Housing Market (Houses Sold for $307k on Avg. Over Past 30 Days)

Are Your Selling Your Home to Move Into Senior Housing? Read This

Clean and Declutter Your Home Before Moving Day

Home Is Where the Stuff Is: Downsizing, Decluttering and Relocating for Seniors

Self-Storage Fees in Sarasota, (On Average, Movers Paid $87.20 Over the Past 180 Days)

Spring-Cleaning Checklist for Home Sellers

Simplify the Moving Process

13 Tips for Hiring the Best Moving Company

How Much Does It Cost to Move?

Moving Day Etiquette: 10 Things Movers Want You to Know

After you’ve selected the right type of housing for your needs, budget, and lifestyle, it’ll be time to clean, declutter, and sell your current home. Before you know it, you’ll be moving into your new Sarasota-area home and enjoying your golden years with less stress, fewer bills, and little to no home maintenance. After you’ve spent so many years working, maintaining a larger home, and caring for others, what could be better than that?

Guest author: Andrea Needham, EldersDay.org