The Best Online Tools for Downsizing Your House the Easy Way

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Written by Andrea Needham

Are you planning a move? Whether you’re moving to a retirement community or downsizing to an age-friendly home, moving is different in your senior years than when you were younger. Not only is calling friends for moving help no longer an option, but older adults have different needs when buying a home.

That’s no reason to shy away from downsizing! While some aspects of moving may be harder this time around, there are lots of digital tools to help along the way. Bemidji Senior Center shares the online resources every downsizing senior needs.

Shopping for a House — at Home!

Moving used to require a lot of legwork. These days, homeowners do most of the work online. Here’s how you can start your house hunt from the comfort of home.

  • Searching real estate listings online is easier than ever with websites like these.
  • Some real estate sites even include virtual house shopping extras like 3D walkthroughs and live video open houses.
  • Neighborhood apps like NeighborhoodScout and AreaVibes help senior homebuyers find safe, livable neighborhoods.
  • Older adults can also start their senior living search online with the use of review sites and other tools.

Hiring Downsizing Help Online

When you’re ready to sell your house and downsize, where do you turn for help? You don’t have to go far with online resources like these.

  • Older homeowners benefit from working with a Realtor who specializes in seniors. Search for a local Senior Real Estate Specialist online.
  • A Senior Move Manager, meanwhile, helps older adults with the logistics of decluttering, organizing, and downsizing.
  • How do you choose a reputable moving company? After finding movers in your city online, read reviews and verify credentials before making a final decision.

Online Tools for Planning Your Move

The hardest part of downsizing is deciding where to start. These checklists take the effort out of downsizing your home.

  • The best thing you can do when downsizing is to start early. The second best thing is to use this downsizing checklist to guide the process.
  • Homeowners also need to prepare their houses to sell. From setting the price to making repairs, don’t skip these steps for sellers.
  • If you’re buying a home to age in place, put these design features high on your priority list.
  • What should you bring when moving to assisted living? Every community is different, but this packing list covers the basics.

Your back isn’t what it used to be, but that doesn’t mean downsizing has to be a burden. From digital house hunting tools to real estate professionals, there are plenty of resources to make your downsize a breeze!

SAFE DRIVING CLASSES at the Bemidji Senior Center

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UPCOMING CLASSES OFFERED AT BEMIDJI SENIOR CENTER, 216 3RD ST NW, BEMIDJI:

October 22, 2022

November 19, 2022

“Our Family” Direct Your Labels Program

Please help the Bemidji Senior Center by donating Our Family brand labels with the bar code attached.  Look for this brand at Lueken’s Village Foods, Marketplace Foods and Teal’s Market.  500 labels/barcodes equals $25.00 for our Center.  Every little bit helps!

You may drop labels off at the hostess desk of the Bemidji Senior Center Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.   The Bemidji Senior Center is located at 216 3rd St NW, Bemidji.

UPDATE ON TAX AIDE PROGRAM AT BEMIDJI SENIOR CENTER

Tax preparation assistance for people over 60 or for anyone with a moderate income will begin on February 12. Due to the pandemic, the process will be substantially different this year.

All visits will be by appointment only. Please call the Bemidji Senior Center starting on Thursday, February 11 from 10am to 2pm to schedule an appointment (751-8836). After that you may schedule an appointment on any Monday, Thursday or Friday during the tax season. It will require two visits. On the first visit, the client’s documents will be scanned into the system. One week later the client will return to review the completed return and have it efiled.

Clients need to bring photo ID, social security cards for all individuals on the return including dependents, copies of all forms of income including tax exempt income, information on health insurance coverage and last year’s tax return. If applying for a renter’s rebate, the certificate of rent paid (CRP) is also needed.

This free service is provided by the Bemidji Senior Center, AARP, IRS, and MN Dept of Revenue.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Senior Center during Pancake Breakfast

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Bemidji Senior Center during our Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 am to 10:30 am on Saturday, December 10th, 2022.  Bring your camera and take a picture with Santa.  The Bemidji Senior Center is located at 216 3rd Street NW, Bemidji.  If you have questions, you can call 218-751-8836.  The “Best Pancakes in Town” are just $5 for adults and $2.50 for children. The meal includes juice, coffee and two sausages in addition to the pancakes. The Senior Creations Gift Shop will also be open.

Tai Chi Class

The Senior Activity Center is hosting Intro to Tai Chi on Wednesday, June 5th at 2:00pm at the Senior Activity Center, 216 3rd St NW, Bemidji.  The class offers the benefits of slow exercise; the importance of posture, breath and intention; Harvard-approved warm-up exercises; and simple, flowing movements that are easy to learn.  Please call the Center at 751-8836 with any questions.

 

 

AARP Tax Assistance Summer Hours

The AARP tax assistance program at the Bemidji Senior Activity Center will be open the second Monday of the month in May, June, July and August. It is designed to offer help in filing for property tax rebates and rental rebates. The first summer date is Monday, May 13 from 9 to 12.  Please call the Senior Center at 751-8836 for more information.