Dated: 05/26/2020

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North Carolina is frequently ranked as one of the best places in the country to retire.  The Greater Charlotte, NC area, in particular, is a popular location as we are in close proximity to the mountains  as well as to the beach…not to mention having beautiful Lake Norman in our “backyard”.  North Carolina also offers a lower than average cost of living compared to many other parts of the country nd tax incentives for some retirees.



Even though North Carolina is an awesome place to relocate, let’s face it – moving is exhausting at any age. It can be extremely difficult and stressful for Seniors to leave their current homes where they have raised their children and created so many precious memories, to begin a new life chapter. Even when they may be excited about moving to a retirement community where they will have little or no maintenance and lots of planned activities and programs, anxiety and stress can still creep in as the time to move nears and their normal routine is interrupted.



When it comes to moving , you can never start planning too soon. A little bit of advance planning can help to relieve some of the stress associated with change and what better time to begin than while you are staying at home during a pandemic!


·    Start downsizing earlier than later – Sorting through a lifetime of memories and personal items will definitely take some time, so begin sifting through these items now – deciding what to toss, what to donate and what to keep. It’s never too early to start downsizing!


·    Begin with those areas of your home that you tend to visit the least such as your attic, closets, garage or basement and begin tackling these areas slowly in “bite size” increments. I recommend beginning with one drawer or one cabinet each day and before long you will be well on your way to reaching your goal.


·    As the time to move approaches, begin thinking about how much of the move will you be able to handle yourself and what tasks will you need help with? Will you need to secure a storage unit? Will you need to hire a moving company? What items do you have that you don’t need (or want) in your new home?


·    On the actual moving day, pack a suitcase that contains your medications, toiletries, and other daily necessities. Then put together a box with the items you will need right away, such as healthy snacks, cleaning products, trash bags, toilet tissue, paper towels, washcloth, towels and the coffeepot and supplies. Keep your suitcase and this box of supplies with you in your car as you make your way to your new home.



These are just a few suggestions to help make relocation a little less stressful.  There is no question that moving can be emotionally, physically and mentally stressful, but it is also an exciting experience, so allow others to join with you in both the joy and the burden of the move. And don’t be afraid to ask for help!


Are you or someone you know looking to relocate to the Greater Charlotte region?  We would love the opportunity to assist you with your property search.  Give us a call or drop us an email today and allow us to help to reduce the stress of your next move!


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