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Helpful Homebuying Advice for Seniors During COVID-19

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In the most ordinary circumstances, moving can be a pain. For seniors trying to relocate amid a global pandemic, it may seem nearly impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. Don’t give up on your dream of moving closer to grandkids or the beach or downsizing to a smaller home. Make the move you want using the tools available to you and with this advice from realtor Emil Ratti.

Finding the Right Home During COVID-19
When COVID-19 hit, the real estate industry pivoted to make 
homebuying still attainable. The CDC recommends avoiding showings where people are unable to social distance, but while open houses and in-person visits may be difficult to carry out during this time, there are many other ways to view homes in this age of technology.

The first great online tool you should use is an online search tool to find homes that appeal to you. From there, you can decide which properties are worth looking at more closely. Many listings now use virtual tours alongside pictures to allow potential buyers to more fully
experience the home for sale. 3D walkthroughs and video chat tours let you view a home and discuss it with the real estate agent as you do. Using 
video-calling technology, you can view the home and ask questions in real-time, just as you would with a traditional walkthrough, but
without the health risks.

Veterans should also look into VA home loan lenders, which could make a big difference in securing the home you deserve. For instance, PennyMac offers a 15 year fixed loan at a rate of 2.25% and an APR of 3.03%.

Engaging a Senior Move Service
Senior moving services provide beginning-to-end assistance for seniors who want to relocate. This is far more than packing and transporting your belongings, although that is part of what is offered.

Senior moving services typically include:

1. Drawing a Floor Plan – Senior moving services will help you create a floor plan for your new home so that together you can make detailed notes of where all your furniture and other belongings will fit into your new living space.

2. Decluttering and Organizing – Part of preparing for that new space is going through your belongings and determining what you want to bring with you to your new home and what you no longer want or need. Your senior moving service will help you sort through these items using their experience and tact to make the undertaking more manageable.

3. Selling, Donating and Disposing – When it comes to the items you no longer want, your senior moving service will assist you in getting rid of them. If you want to sell items, the service can arrange for them to be auctioned or sold. Many senior moving companies employ or have a relationship with an estate sale expert who can help you get a good price. The service will also take care of those items you would like to throw out, making sure to donate or dispose of them appropriately.

4. Packing and Moving – As tempting as it may be to pack items yourself, doing so can cause strain on the body, so leave it to the professionals and minimize your risk of injury. The service will arrange for your furniture and other belongings to be packed and transported professionally to your new home.

5. Unpacking and Setting Up – Finally, the service will unpack and set up your new home in the manner you decided on when you first drew up your floor plan.

You can find senior moving services in your area online. Research your available options and read reviews to ensure you are working with a reliable and affordable company.

Don’t let the thought of moving overwhelm you into staying where you no longer wish to be. Use the help available to you to get you into the home of your dreams so that you can spend your time in retirement relaxing, creating new memories and reflecting on a life well-lived.

Emil Ratti understands that the first step in purchasing or selling your home is to find a realtor that you feel comfortable with and communicates well with you. That’s why he’s committed to helping you at every step of the process. Call 201 280-2884.

Article Submitted (Dec 2021) By:

Donna Erickson


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