Selling the old family home can be an emotional experience, and especially if you’ve lived there for years, raised a family, and filled the structure with memories. Still, many adults over the age of 60 find that the home that was once perfect for their growing family is now too big to handle with an empty nest. Going up and down the stairs may not be as easy as it once was, and you may have more space than you want to clean and organize. Furthermore, you may want or need to sell your family home in order to enjoy the retirement that you’ve been looking forward to all these years.
Still, selling the family home isn’t just an emotional period for you. It can also be difficult even for adult children who now have families of their own. After all, that house may have been their home for their entire childhood, and when you tell them that you’re planning to sell, they’re bound to have some concerns. They have a lot of memories in the old house, there are traditions like Christmases and Thanksgiving dinners tied up in its walls. They may want their children—your grandkids—to get to experience some of the same things they did growing up. They may even still have stuff stored in the basement or attic!
While you should talk to your kids and understand their point of view, at the end of the day, the decision to sell your home and move someplace smaller or easier to take care of should be yours. Help your kids through the transition by gently explaining your reasoning to them, and by ensuring that you’ve got a solid relocation plan for when your house sells.
After all, many times what appears to be resistance to change from your grown children is actually just concern over your well-being. They want to know that you’ll be living someplace where you’ll be happy and safe, where they can still come to visit you easily, and that your relationship won’t change as a result of the transition. It’s easy and natural for children to rely on their parents as a safety net even after they’ve grown, moved out, and started a family of their own, but there comes a time for them to get their stuff out of the basement or attic and for you to make the changes you need to enjoy your retirement.
Of course, we think there’s no better place to do all of the above than at the Lazy Acres adult living community in Belton. With Lazy Acres, you’ll know where you’re going to live before you move, and that you’re heading to a vibrant, active community filled with like-minded adults and wonderful activities, surrounded by all the conveniences and attractions of the Kansas City area. Moreover, your kids will know that you’re someplace safe and comfortable, where they can still visit and bring the grandkids for a weekend picnic or a holiday meal.
Downsizing is never easy, but it can be incredibly freeing. The other residents at the Lazy Acres adult community in Belton, MO have all been through the same thing, and they are always quick to say how much less complicated life has been ever since. To learn more, give us a call during our regular business hours at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form anytime!