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How to Prepare Your Home for Downsizing

If you’re considering a move into an active retirement living retirement community, the final step before shifting into this new, exciting chapter of your life is to prepare your home for sale and downsizing. While it’s not a feat that can be done in a day, you don’t need to feel overwhelmed – coming up with a plan will allow you to make the move smooth and stress-free! To make it even easier, we’ve put together a guide to use as your starting point. Here are several tips and tricks to help you plan. 

Ensure Appliances Are Functioning Properly

Having appliances included when selling your house – especially appliances in tip-top working condition – are a huge selling point. Alternatively, attempting to sell a house with appliances that aren’t working can be challenging. Test your appliances to make sure everything is functioning as it should.

Declutter Your Belongings

Decluttering is beneficial in so many ways. Not only is it therapeutic to lighten the load of belongings that have undoubtedly built up over the years, but it can make your move that much easier when you do downsize. Plus, it will make your home more desirable to potential buyers if you plan to have an open house.

Prioritize Curb Appeal

Don’t forget about the outside of your home! This is the first thing potential buyers will see, you’ll want it to exude curb appeal, so prepare by handling any external fixes needed. It’s a great time to tackle any to-do items you may have been putting off, such as repairing shutters, applying a fresh coat of paint, or cleaning up the yard and landscaping.

Small Updates Can Increase Value

If you are planning to move in the near future, it’s best not to put a ton of money into the home you are about to sell. That said, making smaller, inexpensive upgrades can be a wonderful way to increase value in your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Even something as minor as new hardware will show that a little can go a long way!

Take Professional Photos

There’s no better way to show off what a beautiful home you have than with high-quality interior and exterior photos! Have a knack for photography? Test your hand at taking the photos yourself for a fun side project! If you’re unsure, leave it to the professionals to photograph your home in the best possible way.

Contact OceanView at Falmouth

If you’re thinking about selling your home and downsizing, don’t stress! The tips above will help you prepare you move forward with this exciting new chapter of your life as you prepare to move into an active retirement living community.

At OceanView by Falmouth, our retirement community offers cottages and apartments as unique as the residents that live in them. Each home is designed to promote an active, bustling lifestyle while making your day-to-day as easy and enjoyable as possible. Leave behind the stresses of home ownership, such as maintenance, upkeep and expensive upgrades, with peace of mind for the future. OceanView is truly retirement living for the 21st century! To learn more about our wonderful independent living community, please contact us today!

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Download a copy of our freshly redesigned OceanViews Newsletter for new resident biographies, community updates, photos and more!

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Retirement Community Donates to Food Pantry

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Falmouth Food Pantry has seen its fundraising options reduced while the need for its services grows. To help alleviate this disparity, the OceanView at Falmouth community recently donated

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OceanView Funds Friends School Solar Energy Expansion

OceanView proudly continues its partnership with the Friends School of Portland in funding the purchase of an additional 286 solar panels that have been installed atop the school’s new expansion.

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Busting Common Myths About Moving to an Independent Retirement Community

Retirement communities can sometimes get a bad rap, but we are here to prove all those common misconceptions wrong! We know firsthand that an independent retirement community like OceanView at Falmouth is an incredible way to spend your retirement years. Below, we break down some of the most common myths about independent retirement communities and the real truth behind each!

Myth: People living in retirement communities don’t have any independence.

Truth: When living in an active retirement community like OceanView, seniors are able to truly enjoy their freedom in any way they choose. The luxury of a retirement community is not having to worry about the responsibilities that come with a career or homeownership. Instead of being restricted by home maintenance or housekeeping, you can spend time doing what you actually enjoy, whatever that may mean to you.

For some, activities could include aerobics classes and taking advantage of our heated indoor/outdoor saltwater pool. For others, it may mean tending to their gardens, walking with friends or taking part in art classes. The choices are truly endless when it comes to pursuing one’s passions within the community, with endless options for fun, socialization and relaxation.

Myth: Pets aren’t allowed within retirement communities.

Truth: We love your furry friends and would be happy to have them join our community! In fact, studies have shown that having pets is wonderful for your health and can increase longevity. At independent retirement communities like OceanView, you’ll find that many residents enjoy their retirement alongside their beloved dogs and cats.

Myth: I’m too young to move to a retirement community.

Truth: This is a very common misperception, especially when it comes to active retirement communities. OceanView has a vibrant community of retirees living life to the fullest, with our goal to support the wellness of our independent residents. 

We do have customizable options should care needs arise, with a supportive link between Independent Living and our Care Continuum. This is available so residents can have peace of mind for the future and do what they came to our community to do – relax and enjoy themselves!

Myth: There’s nothing to do – I’ll get bored.

Truth: Trust us – this is as far from the truth as it gets! If you’ve reached retirement age, it likely means you’ve spent the last 30-40 years hard at work building a career, raising a family, or both. Now, you have the time and freedom to spend on YOU. The world is your oyster! 

There are so many activities available and endless opportunities to try new things (or simply enjoy old favorites!) at OceanView. Always wanted to polish your golf game? We offer our Golf FORE Life program, providing complimentary access to three incredible courses. Interested in taking online classes? University of Southern Maine’s Senior College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a very popular local continued education option that allows you to choose from a wide array of peer-taught science or liberal arts courses. Looking for a fun workout? Try our fitness classes, taught by our certified fitness trainers who have master’s and bachelor’s degrees in exercise sciences. There’s no end to the options at your fingertips in a community like OceanView!

When it comes to choosing an independent retirement community, don’t rely on myths when the truth is so much better than can be imagined! Enjoy your golden years in the best way possible with the freedom, amenities and stress-free living of a retirement community like OceanView at Falmouth. To schedule a showing or simply learn more, contact us today!

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Exercising with Arthritis

At OceanView, we get it – arthritis can be a real pain! We’ve put together a guide on some of the best ways to succeed in exercising with arthritis.

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“Plein Air” Art Auction Benefits Food Pantry

Mabel and Didi, who have organized other artistic events for our community, had the idea to invite their fellow resident artists to get outside and make some art!

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A Guide to Retirement Community Planning

Retirement is what working professionals strive for throughout their entire careers. This next chapter of your life should be filled to the brim with indulgence, joy, and relaxation. After all, you’ve earned it! There is truly nothing that offers you the benefits of a blissful retirement like an active retirement community lifestyle, complete with amenities, social activities and so much more.

Below, OceanView at Falmouth has put together a guide to help you learn about the information to consider when planning your retirement. Read more

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Diane Atwood’s “Catching Health” Feature

Health reporter Diane Atwood interviewed our Fitness trainers to get some advice and tips on how to keep fit while social distancing at home.

OceanView Fitness Pavilion Construction

Fitness Pavilion Construction Progress

Even with current safety precautions and restrictions, construction crews have been making excellent progress on our Fitness Pavilion!