Thinking about moving home?
There are many reasons why you may want to consider moving from your home, including downsizing, health problems, bereavement, or problems with your neighbours. Moving house is a big step in your life so before making a decision, here are some things to consider.
Thinking through your options
There are a wide range of housing types available and different options depending on your needs.
You might want to stay in your own home, but need some extra help and support around the house, for example with cleaning. Or you might want to make a few adaptations to help you move around your home easier.
Another option is to downsize to a smaller property where you have fewer maintenance worries. Alternatively you might need to think about moving into more specialist housing if you need more support.
You might find these sections on Information NOW useful:
- Buying or renting ordinary housing – details of various rented housing providers and private occupancy schemes
- Housing for older people – details on the different specialist housing options available
- Home care
- Equipment and aids – information about different adaptations you could make to your home
- Moving in with relatives
- Moving abroad
Making the decision to move
Moving house is a big step in your life. Before making a decision, you might like to consider the following points:
The new accommodation
- Is the place you’re thinking about moving to affordable, easy to keep warm, secure, and in a good state of repair?
- Is the size and design of your new accommodation practical for your present and your future needs?
The new area
- Is the area you’re planning to move to easy to travel to and from, for you and others?
- Are there shops, friends, community and leisure facilities, and support networks in your new area? Would they still be accessible if you had to give up driving and start using public transport?
- If you decide to move from a town or city to the countryside, have you thought carefully about the possible realities of country life, such as poor public transport, a lack of facilities, and possible isolation?
- If you are thinking about moving abroad, have you considered your pension entitlement, the health service, and your ability to communicate in a foreign language?
Changes in your circumstances
- If you decide to move because of the wishes of your partner, or to be near relatives, would you still be happy about your choice if you were left on your own?
- Will the new accommodation remain suitable or adaptable if your needs change because of illness or reduced mobility?
Taking your pet with you
Having a pet can be very rewarding and provides a lot of people with a much-needed companion. If you’re moving home and want to take your pet with you, you may want to consider the following:
- how will you transport your pet to your new home?
- Will your new home be big enough to have a pet?
- Is there a garden or anywhere to walk your dog if you have one?
- If you are renting, moving into sheltered accommodation or into a care home, do they accept pets?
- Are you still able to cope with looking after your pet? If not, are you able to re-home it, or would a friend or relative be willing to adopt it?
FirstStop – Housing options older people has details of sheltered accommodation schemes and care homes that are ‘pet-friendly’.
Cinnamon Trust also has a Pet Friendly Care Homes Register.
Practicalities of moving
Once you’ve made the decision to move, the next steps of sorting all the practicalities can seem quite daunting. There is a great deal to think about when you move house, and it is worth taking plenty of time to consider things and to plan your move well ahead of time.
See Practicalities of moving home for more information.
Support and advice
Silverlinks have a ‘teach yourself’ workbook on Housing, Care and Related Finance in Later Life.
Your Homes Newcastle, lists 22 developments across Newcastle and offers support to apply.
FirstStop Housing Options for Older People have a free advice line and website helping you explore your housing options and access the housing, support and care services you need.
Downsizingdirect.com provides free advice to help you make the right choice about your home at the right time. They can help you stay in your current home or help you move somewhere more suitable.
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Last updated: May 20, 2022