A Guide to Moving for a Fresh Start After the Death of a Loved One

The death of a loved one is never easy. The grieving process can cause you to go through an array of emotions, ranging from anger to sadness. Sometimes, these emotions may result in physical symptoms as well, such as insomnia, lethargy, and jumpiness. Moving to a new home can offer a welcome change of scenery and lay the groundwork for a fresh start. There are many factors to consider as you prepare to make this transition. Follow the guidelines outlined below to help you through the process. 

Sell Your Old Home and Buy a New One

The first step in making a move is finding a new place; for example, you may choose to switch to a house closer to friends or family after your loved one’s death. You can scope out the cost of properties in your target area using online tools. You can also use this tool to get an idea of how much your home will sell for. This sum can help you get started in your new life. To maximize your profit, get your home into its best shape for selling. A basic checklist includes taking care of repairs, cleaning and decluttering, and sprucing up your landscaping for a good first impression. Staging your home ahead of an open house can help it sell up to 73 percent faster on average, according to the Mortgage Report. 

Decide What to Do with Your Deceased Loved One’s Belongings

Before you move, it makes sense to lighten the load. Getting rid of your loved one’s belongings is difficult, but doing so will allow you to save money during your transition. It can also be an essential part of the grieving process, paving the way for your own healing. This doesn’t mean you have to trash all those sentimental possessions. Set aside those items that are particularly meaningful for you in a single box; this could include their favorite sweater and photos, for example. You may find it comforting to donate some of their possessions, like clothing or books. Knowing that they will get a second use and bring someone else joy is soothing. If you find yourself with goods you can’t bear to part with, consider putting them into storage near your new home. 

Prepare Yourself for a Smooth Move

Once you’ve found a new home and sorted through your loved one’s possessions, you can prepare for the move. Give yourself plenty of time to pack beforehand; ideally, you will go through one room per week in order to keep your entire house from turning into a mess. Good Housekeeping recommends researching moving companies well in advance and opting for reputable professionals with a positive ranking from the Better Business Bureau. Make sure to set aside one bag of essentials you’ll need directly upon arrival at your new place (such as pajamas, a toothbrush, and medicines). This ensures that you won’t be scrambling for such items on your first night.

Get Involved in Your New Community

Once you’ve made the move and started to settle into your new home, you can start getting involved in your community. Establishing social connections and getting out of the house can be useful as you go through the grieving process. There are many ways to get involved in a new neighborhood after moving. Introduce yourself to your neighbors, find a volunteer group for a cause you believe in, or join a sports team. Many cities now also have neighborhood Facebook groups that you can join to find area events. If you’re religious, a church or a place of worship can be a wonderful way to meet people. 

The tips outlined above can help you settle into your new home; however, don’t expect the transition to happen overnight. The process will take time as you get used to your new surroundings and work through your grief. If you find yourself struggling, reach out for help through a local bereavement group. With some additional support and these tips, you can begin moving toward a brighter future. 

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