How You Can Start Anew by Moving After a Bereavement
Losing a loved one is something no one can truly be prepared for. As with a physical wound, it can take a long time to heal from the loss of someone dear. Sometimes, in order to help the healing, people decide a fresh start is in order. If this sounds like something you’ve been considering, Landscape Pros presents the following guidance as you begin your transition.
Letting Go of Possessions
This can seem unthinkable when wounds are fresh, but to move on, it’s important to avoid taking everything. This is a big step, as we associate possessions with loved ones and may feel like we’re losing them twice. However, it’s vital to remember that our memories are more valuable than things. So, take pictures to preserve them forever, and keep items that serve a purpose, such as a sewing machine or a favorite china set. Most importantly, don’t go through this alone. Not only can a friend or loved one offer support, but their objectivity can also help you decide what possessions to let go of and which relative might appreciate them.
Picking a New Home
Buying a house is a lengthy process, but by taking it one step at a time, you’ll ensure a smoother transition. Start by looking at homes in an area that’s desirable to you, and research average sale prices and what you can spend to help you choose affordable options. Once you’ve found a home you love, you’ll need to explore home loan options.
With conventional mortgages, for instance, you can choose a loan that’s either adjustable or fixed-rate. You’ll also have the benefit of avoiding mortgage insurance if you make a 20% down payment. Additionally, if you’re a veteran, you may be eligible for a VA loan, which typically comes with a lower interest rate, no requirement for mortgage insurance, and the option for a lower down payment. Research 30 year VA mortgage rates as a jumping-off point, and see if this particular option works for you.
Don’t forget that purchasing a home isn’t your only option. Instead, you could opt to rent an apartment going forward, or at least until you find a place where you want to permanently reside. Use websites to help you locate an apartment by neighborhood, property type, and price. You can even search for an apartment based on the lifestyle you prefer.
Packing It Up
Once you’ve made your decision, start packing. You may think you can pack your entire home in one or two weekends, but even with help, you’ll need more time. After all, the last thing you want is to leave behind treasured goods because you were too rushed to prep them. As you go, label all boxes clearly, especially those containing everyday essentials such as linens, cooking gear, and toiletries. When filling boxes, you want to keep them from being too heavy, so minimize how many heavy items go into each one. This could prevent you from needlessly hurting your back as you try to load something into the moving van.
When it comes to relocating, hiring an experienced moving company can ease your burden. On average, long-distance moves cost about $4,890, while a local move averages $1,250. While this means you need to budget around the expense, it is worthwhile. By using movers, you have to do less planning and lifting, and you can be assured that there won’t be any last-minute cancellations. Similarly, professionals know exactly how to take care of your possessions and get them to your new home quickly, allowing you to relax and worry only about yourself.
Getting Used to a New Place
Things will be different in a strange town, and that will be both good and bad. This is, however, an opportunity to break out of old habits and focus on healing. After unpacking, your first step should be to get used to important landmarks, including hospitals and shopping malls. You might also consider meeting new people since they can offer insights into all the goings-on of your neighborhood. That may sound intimidating at first, but there are meetup apps and groups for those who have lost someone close to them. Likewise, stay in touch with your loved ones back home since it can be easier to open up to a friend or family member. Yes, this may be a fresh start, but you should use the roots you have for support.
Thinking About Your Future
After you’ve taken some time settling into your new home, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the future. For instance, if you helped to make funeral and burial arrangements for your loved one, you’re likely more prepared for the financial and planning aspects of your own final arrangements. Figuring out the logistics now can help your loved ones when it’s time to make those arrangements. And by looking into getting final expense or burial insurance, you’ll help your loved ones cover the funeral costs.
Above all, remember that while moving can open a new chapter and help you move on, it’s a major decision that shouldn’t be rushed into. Take your time, and when you’re ready, contact a real estate agent and a moving company to help guide you through the process.
Additionally, when selling your home, work with Landscape Pros to help spruce up your lawn, landscape, and boost your curb appeal sale value. Call us today at (571) 535-8622.
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