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Finding The Right Neighborhood For You

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Home Is Where  the Heart Is:

Finding the Right Neighborhood for You

  Congratulations! You are ready to buy a home. You’ve saved enough for a down payment, researched investment potential and pre-qualified. It has lots of closet space, an open floor plan, big yard, pool and it’s just the right size. But, wait! Before signing on the dotted line, consider this, is your perfect home in the right place for you?

Here’s a list that we at Florida Moving Systems, have found to be the top things to consider beyond the floor plan:

1) Consider your lifestyle today and tomorrow. Life is unpredictable and no one plans for a divorce or job loss but you can take realistic stock of your life’s wants and needs. You may, for example be single and enjoying nightlife while looking forward to marriage and children.  Does the neighborhood you are interested in provide the entertainment options you want today while providing a family friendly environment down the road?

Be honest with yourself, if you don’t enjoy yard work and aren’t interested in cleaning gutter, repairs and maintenance, maybe you prefer a townhouse or condominium where for a monthly fee, those things are managed for you.

Also consider your proximity to loved ones. If you enjoy throwing regular dinner parties, for example, will your friends drive forty five minutes each way to visit you?  If a family member regularly watches your children, are either of you willing to drive the distance to pick/drop off the kids?

2) Location, location, location. Take stock of places you frequent and potential drive times; particularly consider your morning and evening commute for work. Don’t just imagine it. It may be worth your while to take a day and drive the commute during rush hours. After you have unpacked the boxes is not the time to find out that you cannot endure the hour-long commute that includes various busy school zones, train crossings and bumper-to-bumper traffic!

3) Are you and your neighborhood a fit? Ask yourself these questions:

What if you enjoy sleeping in on Sunday mornings and you have a neighbor who religiously mows his lawn at 6am or the house is located near the airport or railroad tracks?

What if you enjoy your quiet and the neighborhood is filled with the sound of playing children every weekday afternoon and on Saturday mornings?

What if you are young and laid back and your neighbors are all retired seniors that watch every neighborhood movement?

What if you are moving into a deed restricted neighborhood and you have a camper, boat or regular visitors that violate the parking rules?

What if you have children and there are no other children in the neighborhood or the street is very busy so that children can’t venture outside to ride bikes or play ball?

Have you researched whether there are any public road works planned that will affect your quality of life or property values?

Will the streets flood during heavy storms and what is the drainage?

Have you checked the local demographics?

Do the neighboring homes look like they are kept and maintained as you would like?

Do your neighbors have unruly pets?

Here are some suggestions to help you with your research 

  • Drive around the neighborhood. Look for any neighbors that might be out and about and take the opportunity to introduce yourself; ask what it’s like to live there.
  • Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day and the week. Observe what your senses pick up; watch the flow of movement for people and cars, listen for local traffic, the neighbors, wildlife and nearby public transportation, does the neighborhood match your overall aesthetic and does it feel like it could be home for a long time?
  • Ask your realtor about the neighborhood, as well as nearby neighborhoods. You want to gather as much as information as you can about the surrounding areas as well. 
No question is wrong or too small! Do your research so that when you do sign on the dotted line, you know that there really is no place like home!

For more tips or to discuss moving and storage needs call Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne today at (800) 283-6683 or visit www.flmove.com.

 

Tips for Making a Choice on Senior Living Communities

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Senior Living Communities: Tips for Making a Choice It’s one of those things that no one wants to think about until it’s a necessity and by then, emotions can get in the way of making a sound decision. Florida Moving Systems, Florida has some tips to help simplify the process of learning about and selecting a community that is best for you.

  Types of Communities 

  • Active Adult Communities are designed to offer older adults the chance to enjoy independent, active lifestyles, while providing easy access to a range of social, recreational, and educational pursuits. Often, such communities offer designated dining areas and clubhouses Generally, daily living and medical needs are not covered. Many active adult communities are age-restricted.
  • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are designed to provide “assistance” to people who require help with activities of daily living (ADLs). An ADL may consist of medication reminding, bathing & ambulation. Accommodations within an ALF are typically studio “suites” with limited kitchen facilities. Some ALFs obtain an Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license which allows them to provide additional care services.  ALFs are handled on a rental basis with additional fees for higher levels of care.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer independent living with a combination of a private residence, services, amenities and care in return for a monthly fee and an entrance fee. Many compare living at a CCRC like being on a cruise ship since the services and amenities are plentiful. The maintenance-free lifestyle includes dining, social activities, housekeeping, transportation and maintenance services. Should care be needed, most CCRCs offer assisted living, Alzheimer’s memory support care and skilled nursing care on the same campus so that residents may continue to stay within the same community, close to their spouse, friends and neighbors, even as their care needs change.
  • Rental Retirement Communities are usually designed for independent living; however it is common that independent living and assisted living are combined.  On-site services and amenities are common including dining, housekeeping and transportation. The lease agreement at a rental community typically does not include the provision of a continuum of care.  This means that a resident who requires care must make separate arrangements for care services and pay for this care at market rates on a fee-for-service basis. If these services are not available within the community, the resident will be required to move from the community.  Some rental retirement communities offer short term leases arrangements for seasonal people.
Now that you have an idea of the different types of communities, here is a list of things to do.

Research: Make a list of the living options available in your hometown and what they offer.

Plan Ahead: It’s usually best to plan ahead and make decisions while your loved ones are able to physically and mentally able to assist in the decision making. Making the decision to move to a senior community while still active is usually the healthier choice because the senior can be more involved in the move and better equipped to adjust to the changes and thrive in the new environment.

Visit Various Communities: Schedule an appointment to tour the community. Pay Attention.

  • How do the grounds look?
  • Is the staff friendly?
  • Is the community clean and well-maintained?
  • Are the apartments nicely appointed?
  • Could you visualize yourself living at this community?
Ask Questions: If you don’t ask questions, you won’t be able to make an informed decision.

What Amenities are Most Important to you?: Make a list. Remember, that you are not just thinking about today, but more importantly, you are planning for tomorrow.

Evaluate Finances: There are a variety of financial arrangements available in senior communities. This includes rentals and entrance fee options. Learn the pros/cons of each. Understand what is included and what is “extra.” Ask about increases in fees and “what if” scenario if you outlive your assets.

Plan for Future Health Needs:

  • What levels of care are available?
  • Does the staff seem caring and professional?
  • Are current residents well cared for?
  • Are there activities for the residents who are receiving care?
  • What is the community licensed to provide and what are the costs.
Meet Residents: Ask what it’s like to live there.
  • Does it look like they are happy and engaged?
  • Do you feel at home in the community?
Dine at the Community:
  • How is the atmosphere in the dining room?
  • Is there a dress code for dinner?
  • Does the menu offer good variety?
  • Is the service attentive?
  • Can the chef accommodate specific dietary requirements?
Programs and Activities: Request and activities calendar.
  • Are there a variety of educational, social, cultural and fitness programs available?
  • Bridge groups?
  • Lectures?
  • Theme parties?
  • Can residents volunteer within the community?
  • Are special travel opportunities available to residents?
  • Ask if you can attend any activities.
Involve Family: Enroll other loved ones to review the options, they may offer a unique and helpful perspective.

Reputation: Talk with your friends, physician, attorney, clergy, trust officer or anyone else you can think of to learn about the community’s reputation.

Take your Time: Don’t feel rushed, but don’t procrastinate, either. Determine the kind of lifestyle you want for yourself and make the decision to enjoy it!  Don’t be one of those people who end up saying, “I wish I hadn’t waited so long!”

For more tips or to discuss moving, storage or Logistics needs call Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne today at (800) 283-6683 or visit www.flmove.com.

Moving in Peace

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It’s true that moving can be one of the most stressful experiences one can go through but with a little planning and support, it doesn’t have to be for you.

Florida Moving Systems, Central Florida, sifted through years of experience and put together this list to help you keep your cool.

 

Make a Plan

Don’t let the move date sneak up on you, start planning as soon as you know you are on your way out. Eight to twelve weeks should be enough time to make all of the arrangements, including selecting a reputable moving company and to pack mindfully.

Create a Budget

As part of making a plan, set a budget and add twenty percent for unexpected costs. Being prepared financially will help reduce stress in a big way.

Resources

Do your research and hire a mover that suits your needs. Make sure to have enough boxes, tape, markers, wrapping paper and cutting instruments on hand. Walk through your home and make arrangements for special packaging needs, storage or shipping.

Organization is Key

Label boxes clearly with detailed list of contents and the name of the room. You don’t want find yourself digging in a bunch of boxes to find a roll of toilet paper. Also, know what needs to go in the truck first and what goes in last.

Give yourself Time

Take time to categorize items and pack mindfully, for example, keep all bathroom items together and toss or donate what you don’t need. This is a great time to de-clutter your life and start fresh.

Create a Priority Box

Plan for basic and personal items you will need during the first couple of days after moving, including toiletries, towels, bed linens, sleepware and personal effects you can’t live without. Keep these items separate and easily accessible. Also plan for fundamental grocery needs.

Only Pack What You Want

A move affords you an opportunity to downsize and simplify your life. Not to mention, that you’ll be moving and unpacking less stuff. Donate what you don’t use on a regular basis.

Handle with Care

Pack important documents, jewelry, personal effects, medications, weapons, etc. Separately and keep them with you so they don’t get lost in transit.

Eat, Sleep, Drink, Rest

Get a good night’s sleep before the move so that you are alert and able to handle anything that comes your way. Eat light nutritious meals, avoid caffeine and stay hydrated with lots of water. Remember to pace yourself and take breaks when needed.

Ask for Help

Have a packing party or ask a friend who is an organization machine to help with your plan. Whatever the case, make sure you plan for all of your needs, ask for help and assign tasks, especially to any family members that are present on move day.

Check Expectations

Even under the best of circumstances there are bound to be hiccups so don’t sweat the small stuff. Save your emotional energy and if something comes up, accept what happens and look for a solution avoid focusing on the negative. Don’t be too proud to ask for or accept help. Remember, this too shall pass.

Take Care of Yourself

Emotionally, moving can be difficult. Acknowledge any feelings of fear, sadness or loss and talk about them with a confidant. Bottled up feelings can spill over on moving day and cause additional stress. Say good-byes, visit favorite spots, have a massage, exercise and try to keep your regular routines. It’s important to support family members and their feelings as well.

Explore your New Neighborhood

Visit the new neighborhood, if possible and familiarize yourself with potential new spots. If moving to a new city, take virtual tours of the area via the internet.  Look for a new hairdresser, coffee shop, grocery store, gym, churches and parks. The sooner you establish new routines, the faster you’ll feel settled and at home.

Moving doesn’t have to be stressful. Check expectations at the door and remember that change opens the door to new opportunities, so relax and breathe. Good luck!

For more tips or to discuss moving and storage needs call Florida Moving Systems, Melbourne today at (800) 283-6683 or visit www.flmove.com.