3 Smart Tips to Make Your Retirement Move a Breeze

By: Michael Longsdon

The first day in a new home is a special feeling, full of excitement and possibility. For seniors relocating to a new home for retirement, it marks the beginning of a new stage in life. But getting to move-in day takes a lot of work. While they won’t make moving fun, these three tips will simplify the moving process for a more stress-free experience.

1. Plan Ahead

When your move isn’t organized, everything becomes more difficult. Maybe you don’t have enough boxes, your toothbrush and phone charger get packed a week before the move, or you can’t find anything when it’s time to unpack. Save yourself the stress of scrambling for supplies or digging through packed boxes by making a packing plan before you start.

Make a checklist of everything you need to do before the move, including any last-minute repairs before you vacate. Schedule days to pack up and clean each room, taking it one room at a time so you don’t burn out. If family members are coming to assist with the move, arrange specific tasks they can help with and pencil them in for the days that extra hands will be most beneficial.

Don’t try to pack everything in the two weeks before you move into a new house. Not only does rushing make moving more stressful, it can be especially draining for seniors. Plan ahead to give yourself plenty of time to acquire packing materials, sort through belongings, and reminisce over unearthed memories.

2. Resist the Urge to Sell Everything

Downsizing to a smaller home for retirement means getting rid of lots of stuff, including things that hold a special place in your heart. It’s tempting to try to sell some of those belongings so it doesn’t feel like their loss is in vain (and to put some money toward the moving bill), but in many cases, selling secondhand goods isn’t the best use of your time.

Furniture and collectibles that mean a lot to you don’t necessarily hold much value on the market, and selling your stuff is time-consuming. You’ll need to clean it, take quality photographs, post in online classifieds, and meet with potential buyers before you make any money. Consider the value of your time and whether it makes more sense to donate or gift your belongings.

3. Hire Help

It may seem wasteful to hire someone to manage a task you could reasonably do yourself, but when it comes to moving, hired help is worth the expense. Not only is moving tedious, it’s also a physically demanding task that could easily leave you injured. Plus, hiring movers opens up more time for dealing with the finer details of moving, like switching over utilities, updating addresses, and saying goodbye to the home you raised your family in.

In addition to movers, retirees can benefit from hiring a senior move manager. This relocation professional takes an objective approach to sorting through nostalgic belongings, assists in donating and selling items, and manages the moving crew for you. While these services come with a cost, they relieve a lot of the stress of moving.

Also consider hiring professional cleaners. When everything is packed up and ready to go, you’ll want to get settled into your new home instead of spending a day scrubbing baseboards.

With so much to take care of during a move, it’s important to have a plan before you start. Consider how much of your move you want to handle yourself and which tasks you’re better off outsourcing to professionals. When you’re moving into the home you’ll grow old in, you want to do it right.

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Michael Longsdon is the creator of ElderFreedom.net, which advocates for the rights and support of seniors.

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  • Number of Years in Real Estate: 8 years
  • Number of Years with Schaffer: 8 years
  • What do you like about working at Schaffer: The best thing about our office is the love and friendship. There is no “dog eat dog” in our office.
  • What do you enjoy about being a REALTOR®: I absolutely love the relationships I make with my clients- They all become my friends and there is nothing better than helping my “friends” find either their first home, their last home or a very cool investment property.
  • What do you love about Lodi: I love the small town feel Lodi gives, and, of course, who doesn’t love the great wineries that we have all around us.
  • Favorite memory working at Schaffer: I have so many funny memories working in real estate.  The funniest was when a seller was passed out (from drinking) in the laundry room and his wife showed my buyers and I the whole house without skipping a beat!! It was so funny!!!
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: The best advice I ever received is Attitude is Everything Pick a Good One!!
  • Favorite quote: My favorite saying “The Most Wasted Day in One Without Laughter”

 

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  • Number of Years in Real Estate: 4 years
  • Number of Years with Schaffer: 4 years
  • What do you like about working at Schaffer: I enjoy and respect working for a family business. All of the agents conduct themselves professionally, treat their clients with dignity and work diligently to provide excellent customer service.
  • What do you enjoy about being a REALTOR®: I love helping people find their next home that they can extend their roots in. It maybe a starter home, a larger home for a growing family, or an empty nester downsizing into a smaller home. I love helping people through the process!
  • What do you love about Lodi: They don’t call Lodi ‘Livable Lovable Lodi’ for no reason. You can take advantage of the nightlife that the downtown has to offer while still enjoying the simple feel of a small town. It’s a perfect place to raise a growing family.
  • Favorite memory working at Schaffer: Working so closely with my Broker Nancy Schaffer Hyske. She has seasoned me to be a better agent and given me the necessary tools to expand my business.
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: Have the courage to live a life true to yourself, not the life others expect of you.
  • Favorite quote: Believe to achieve. The first step to success is believing. He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right. -Confucius

 

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  • Number of Years in Real Estate: Licensed in 1984, active approximately 17 years.
  • Number of Years with Schaffer: 7
  • What do you like about working at Schaffer: I like the people and the work ethics of Schaffer & Co. Realtors. Everyone is friendly, and there is always someone to lend a hand or give advice when needed. Your success is not based entirely on the number of deals you close but on the service and satisfaction you give your clients.
  • What do you enjoy about being a REALTOR®: What I enjoy about being a REALTOR® is finding homes for people that fit them and their lifestyle, not just a house but a home. When working with sellers, I like to make the transition as painless as possible while getting them the true value of their home…
  • What do you love about Lodi: What I love about Lodi is despite its growth through the years, it has maintained its small town feeling while offering an abundance of shopping and recreational opportunities. You can stroll downtown with its unique shops and eateries or hit the bigger stores within the city limits. For recreation you have Lodi Lake and the Mokelumne River to enjoy with a picnic, a walk or kayaking. Location wise you are about an hours drive from the mountains or the coast.
  • Favorite memory working at Schaffer: My favorite memory of Schaffer & Co. Realtors is the marketing/advertising photo shoots. Whether in the theatre, on the river, or the steps of City Hall, they were always fun.
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: Focus on the wants and needs of your clients and success will take care of itself.
  • Favorite quote: “You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” – R. Tagore

 

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  • Number of Years in Real Estate: 13 years
  • Number of Years with Schaffer: 13 years
  • What do you like about working at Schaffer: Schaffer is a smaller, more personal, local office with the knowledge and experience to rival any large company.
  • What do you enjoy about being a REALTOR®: I have always loved homes. Mine is my sanctuary and where the people most important to me gather. I love helping others find their “happy” place.
  • What do you love about Lodi: I love the small town, the family atmosphere, and the fact that this truly is a community in actions not just in words. And the wine… I love the wine! 🙂
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: If it’s meant to be it will. If it’s not, it won’t.
  • Favorite quote: “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ~Dr. Seuss

 

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  • Number of Years in Real Estate: 38 years
  • Number of Years with Schaffer: From the beginning- started in the business with my father, Ben Schaffer, back in 1979. Left for a brief period of time, but came back full-time in 1985. Then started Schaffer & Co with Margo in 2003.
  • What do you enjoy about being a REALTOR®: Helping clients find a home that fits their needs is very rewarding and satisfying to me. It is an honor to have repeat business- I have clients who purchased their first homes with me and years later are referring their children to me as well.
  • What do you like about working at Schaffer: All of the agents in our company are fun to be around and we have a great time together! Now that my sister and, recently my daughter, have joined the team, I am excited to see the Schaffer Legacy carry on.
  • What do you love about Lodi: I love that Lodi is family oriented with the Mokelumne River & other activities. We are also centrally located with Lake Tahoe & San Francisco no more than a few hours away.  What started as a small farming community has grown into a great wine region!
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: My dad always said, “Serve the client to the best of your ability and everything else will fall into place.”
  • Favorite quote: “You have to remember lies, but you don’t have to remember the truth.”

 

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  • Number of Years in Real Estate: 11 ½
  • Number of Years with Schaffer: 11 ½ years
  • What do you like about working at Schaffer: I like working for Schaffer & Company because it is independently owned and very family oriented making me able to give my clients the best service possible through unique and creative advertising and training that helps me to be a better agent.
  • What do you enjoy about being a REALTOR®: The reason I like being a REALTOR® is I love helping people find and purchase probably one of the largest investments they will ever make and seeing how they make it their own.
  • What do you love about Lodi: I love Lodi’s clean, small town family atmosphere with a lake, community center, revitalized downtown, WOW Museum, wine tasting and recreation activities- something for all ages.
  • Favorite memory working at Schaffer: My favorite memory was when we all dressed up in different costumes and had a lot of laughs over how people looked.
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: Probably the best piece of advice I have received  was from my dad [Ben Schaffer] to believe in God, treat others the way you would want to be treated and be honest, fair and ethical.
  • Favorite quote: My favorite quotes or bible verse is the fruit of the spirit which sums up nine attributes of a Christian or any good person.  It is:  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”

 

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  • Number of Years in Real Estate: About 20
  • Number of Years with Schaffer: 7, since 2010
  • What do you like about working at Schaffer: Great bosses, fellow REALTORS® in the office are fun- We have a good time.
  • What do you enjoy about being a REALTOR®: Finding people a house they love- I can see it in their eyes their first time in the house.
  • What do you love about Lodi: Lived here all my life; Know every other person.
  • Favorite memory working at Schaffer: In 1996 I talked to Nancy’s dad, Ben Schaffer, about being a REALTOR®, back when the company was called ‘Schaffer, Suess, & Boyd’. He said sounds good- obtain your license and I’ll hire you! He always used to say, “There’s no occupation with less investment- for Real Estate, you just need a desk and a phone!”
  • Favorite quote: “Man’s got to know his limitations” – Harry Callahan, Magnum Force, 1973

 

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  • Number of Years in Real Estate: Since September 2003
  • Number of Years with Schaffer: Seven years in May 2017
  • What do you like about working at Schaffer: We have two very experienced owners/partners as well as a great mix of fun loving agents! Everyone here is more than happy to help one another.
  • What do you enjoy about being a REALTOR®: Whether they are old clients or new, I like the excitement that comes with searching for just the right property with my clients and finding it!
  • What do you love about Lodi: Its central location.  Aside from being the beautiful town it is with numerous restaurants and wineries, Lodi is centrally located to the Bay Area, Sacramento and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There is always something fun going on!
  • Favorite memory working at Schaffer: Favorite memory would have to be when I started here and how kind and helpful everyone was and still is! I can’t think of ever working any other place.
  • Best piece of advice you’ve ever received: Best piece of advice I ever received would have to be the word NEXT! Spoken by someone with many more years in the business. Because in this business try as hard as you can, not all transactions turn out the way you would like. Thank goodness those are few and far between!
  • Favorite quote: “Laughter is the best medicine” and “Always do the best you can”

 

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