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Selling Your Home After Retirement

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It has been a long winter, say “good-bye”. Looking ahead, the idea of bright blue skies and sunshine may cause you to consider selling your home. You want retirement life to be about enjoying yourself, trying new things, and having fun. You don’t want to worry about maintenance and taking care of a home and property larger than you need. However, the thought of preparing your home, finding a new home and everything that goes into this process can be stressful, frustrating, and downright daunting. With spring rapidly approaching, it is time to start those conversations with your professional team. Your financial planner, professional Realtor and family will be there to assist with the preparation, making a plan and to support you.

Here are a few tips for getting your home on the market and sold.

  • De-clutter. If you have lived in your home for a while, you will have stuff and lots of it.
  • De-cluttering doesn’t mean throwing everything out. Start with one room and three piles. A pile of keep, to donate, and trash. Then, rewind, repeat for each room.
  • Make repairs. Your realtor will provide direction on what you should repair and what is okay to leave.
  • Clean. You want your home to sparkle. Attention to detail is important. You have one chance to make a first impression. If this is overwhelming, consider hiring a service to do this.

Just when you thought the house was ready to put on the market, you think about the outside maintenance. The lawn, trees, bushes, and the flower gardens. At one point in your life, caring for your property was fun, it was a great hobby. But today, it is simple a lot of work.

Living in a senior community gives you the best of both, a beautiful lawn, with bushes and trees and its maintained by someone other than yourself. The community has a team that keeps everything looking pristine. Community living offers maintenance free living. You heard it correctly, you do no maintenance.

The Arbordale is a 55+ senior living community in the heart of Urbandale and nestled in lots of mature trees. Our April 29th an Open House will be held on Arbor Day. Join us anytime between the hours of 1- 3 p.m. There will be some tips on trees and growing flowers, some snacks and a selection of our newly renovated apartments open to see. Hope you will join us.