Why Now Is the Time to Sell Your Home & Pursue Worry-Free Retirement Living

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DH-Cece-Mooney-Livingroom_GSK1131aSpring and summer are upon us! And for sellers in the Cincinnati area, real estate experts say that this season is the best time to sell your home. If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market and finally moving into a retirement community, now is the time to do so.  

Don’t let another year go by. Keep reading for tips on how to initiate the selling process and take advantage of worry-free retirement living. 

A Strong Market

The real estate market is strong in Cincinnati. It’s a very affordable place to raise a family, and it’s a centrally-located city for people who enjoy traveling. In September 2020, Re/Max reported that single family homes and condos sold faster in the Cincinnati area than any other market in the country except one. In August 2020, homes sold in the Queen City were on the market for an average of only 21 days. That’s less than half the national average of 41 days. 

Many people want to move to Cincinnati because of its cultural and arts centers, major entertainment attractions like the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens and Kings Island, and a wide variety of businesses and job availability. Because of these factors, the city’s population has been growing over the past decade and will likely continue to do so. If you’re ready to sell your house, chances are high that there will be someone ready to buy it.

The Case for Independent Senior Living

Obviously, once you sell your home you’ll still need somewhere to live! Have you considered independent living in a premier retirement community? If not, you might want to do so. For starters, when you move to a retirement community, your list of household chores will shrink dramatically. If you’re ready, you can cross off dusting, vacuuming and even yard work once and for all. 

There are certainly many other benefits of moving to an independent living community. Planned outings, group exercise classes, fun activities, and a superb dining experience are all perks you’ll find at a retirement community like Deupree House in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Beyond that, you can also spend time chatting with your neighbors and meeting new people, likely with common interests, in common areas.

Beginning the Moving Process

Maybe you’re ready to put your house on the market and continue researching independent senior living communities like Deupree House, but you’re not sure where to begin with moving. It’s true, moving can feel like a very overwhelming process, but it can also be a lot of fun. We have a few tips to help you make sure you have everything in order to make this transition as smooth as possible for you.

1. Get Started Now

Even if you’re not going to put your house on the market tomorrow, it’s never too early to get started and take advantage of today’s strong real estate market. Begin to sort through some of your belongings. Start with the rooms you don’t use very often. Once you finish those rooms, you’ll be well-prepared and ready to tackle bigger areas.

2. Pack the Most Important Pieces First

If you have a particular heirloom or cherished possession, find it and set it aside at the beginning. Once you have these important pieces ready to move with you, it can be easier to work through the rest of the house to decide what you want to bring with you and what you’re ready to pass along to someone else.

3. Ask for Help

Moving is a big job, and it can be difficult for anyone to do it on their own. It’s always a good idea to ask the family to lend a helping hand. Not only will they likely be more than willing to help, but they can also often spot things you don’t want to forget that might have been overlooked.

Outside of your family, though, it can be a great idea to hire a move-in coordinator who specializes in senior living like Jennifer’s Moving Matters. For the home-selling part of the process, consider reaching out to Shelley Reed, Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty, who specializes in relocation and lifestyle transition services.

Now is the time to sell your Greater Cincinnati-area home and move to retirement living so you can begin to live life worry-free. Wherever you choose to move, we hope you’ll find a place where you’ll be happy, healthy and comfortable. If you’d like to learn more about Deupree House, schedule a visit with us today — we’d love to give you a virtual tour!

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Kristin Davenport
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June 29, 2021
Kristin Davenport is the Director of Communications for Episcopal Retirement Services (ERS). Kristin leads ERS’s efforts to share stories that delight and inspire through social media, online content, annual reports, magazines, newsletters, public relations, and events. Kristin earned her BFA in graphic design from Wittenberg University. She joined ERS after a 25-year career as a visual journalist and creative director in Cincinnati. Kristin is passionate about making Cincinnati a dementia-inclusive city. She is a Lead SAIDO Learning Supporter and a member of the ‘Refresh Your Soul’ conference planning team at ERS. Kristin and her husband Alex, live in Lebanon, Ohio with their 2 daughters. She also serves as a Trustee and the President of the Lebanon Food Pantry and is a board member for ArtScape Lebanon.

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