If you are looking into moving or you have already decided that moving home is the right housing choice for you, there are some things to consider. There are a variety of options that people can access from the age of 55. Some of these are rental properties such as Public and Community Housing managed units in senior’s complexes if you meet the eligibility criteria. There are also options to rent in retirement villages. Additionally there are over 55 caravan and moveable dwelling parks where you can rent existing dwellings or live in your own movable dwelling. There are also options to buy dwellings in some retirement villages and parks.

Make sure you have considered the financial and contractual implications. Have a Housing Chat with someone on our Housing Information Line to discuss the services you might need and how you will access them. Once you have explored your possibilities you may want to start to investigate the practicalities of your move.

Right-sizing/Downsizing

If your future housing choice includes a change in the size of the dwelling it can be daunting to think about. Small steps early can help the transition latter. Decluttering is a great first step. It can allow you to see more clearly how many items you have, their true value to you, and any that may need reconsidering. Creating a plan of the new dwelling and mapping out how your existing furniture may fit could be an option also. Do you want to refurnish to suit your new home? If you need help, there are some companies that, for a fee, can help you with your downsizing move. If this is an option you are considering make sure you understand the terms of the contract and what is actually included in the service. Call the Housing Information Line to have a discussion on how you might be able to take steps towards downsizing your home.

Buying and selling a home

Buying and selling a home can be stressful. There a guides for buying and selling real estate in Queensland which contain information on your consumer rights including resolving disputes and making a claim for compensation. They also contain information on appointing an agent; commissions; methods of sale; sale contracts and more. A hard copy booklet can be obtained by calling the Housing Information Line.

Preparing for a move

If you are thinking of relocating or have already decided you will be moving, it may be helpful to read over a checklist for moving to explore all the associated costs. When engaging removalists there are many different components of contracts which involve issues such as cost, what is included and what is not, do they start the journey from their office or when they arrive at your property, are there additional costs if there are any delays, what payments are required and when, what insurance is included (what are the insurance costs and what does the policy cover)?

The Office of Fair Trading recommends using a removalist that is registered with the Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA). AFRA is an official body of removals experts that helps regulate the removals industry. AFRA states that they will only accredit those furniture removalists that have the necessary equipment, vehicles, premises and staff training needed to complete a professional move. The AFRA also provide a dispute resolution service if anything should go wrong. They can also assist you with finding a removalist.

Storage

If you will need to put items into storage there are some things to consider such as: how should your items be stored (e.g. wrapped, boxed etc.), should you insure them, any fees involved in storage (long term, short term, month to month etc.), damage which could happen to your items in storage (e.g. pest, mould etc.) and your ability to easily access items. Call our Housing Information Line to discuss some of these issues – we can refer you to various different resources so that you can consider any storage related issues.

For further information

More information on this and other items to consider can be found by moving through the other topic specific links. Alternatively, you can have a “Housing Chat” with the Housing Information Line on 1300 135 500. We can provide you will some current resources and information on current services in your chosen location as well as some tips or tricks to look out for.

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