Moving is never easy, and older adults making a transition have usually not moved in 30, 40, or 50 years. The organizational and physical tasks associated with planning and implementing such a complex move can be overwhelming for the entire family.

That is why many senior living communities partner with Seniors Real Estate Specialists and Caring Transitions specialists, says Jeremy Glover, Community Relations Coordinator at Highgate at Bozeman.

Moving On

Seniors Real Estate Specialists (SRES) are realtors who have demonstrated the necessary knowledge and expertise to counsel clients age 50+ through major financial and lifestyle transitions in relocating, refinancing, or selling the family home. Caring Transition specialists help seniors figure out what will fit in their new home or community, coach them on deciding what to bring, coordinate with the movers, and unpack and reorganize their new home.

Choosing a New Place to Call Home

Step one is choosing a new place to call home. “People who have the easiest transitions are the ones who move out of their house first and into a community and then they downsize and get ready to sell their property,” says Jacquie Budde, the SRES who Glove works with at Highgate at Bozeman. That way, instead of focusing on leaving their old home behind, they can look forward to their new home.

Asking the Right Questions

If your parents will eventually need to downsize (or “right-size,” as Johanne Lebeau, certified relocation and transition specialist and owner of Caring Transitions of Bozeman, Montana, calls it) and sell their property, there are some important questions you should start asking now.

Questions You Should Ask When Selling the Family Home

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