top 25 things you need to know when moving into an apartment from a house as a senior, along with brief descriptions for each item by senior helpers at 1-800-MEDIGAP

1.Evaluate your housing needsAssess your specific needs in terms of size, accessibility, location, and amenities for your new apartment.
2.Budget for rental expensesDetermine a budget for rent, utilities, and other associated costs to ensure they align with your financial plan.
3.Research apartment optionsExplore various apartment complexes or rental properties that cater to senior living needs and preferences.
4.Consider accessibility featuresLook for apartments with features like wheelchair accessibility, grab bars, and other accommodations if needed.
5.Downsize and declutterSort through your belongings and downsize as necessary to fit your new apartment space comfortably.
6.Plan for storage solutionsConsider storage options within the apartment or nearby facilities for items that you don’t use regularly.
7.Review lease terms and conditionsCarefully read and understand the lease agreement, including terms, policies, pet regulations, and fees.
8.Coordinate logistics of the moveOrganize the logistics of the move, such as hiring movers, packing, arranging transportation, and changing addresses.
9.Set up necessary utilitiesArrange for the setup of utilities such as electricity, water, internet, and cable TV before moving in.
10.Consider renters insuranceExplore renters insurance options to protect your personal belongings in the apartment from damage or theft.
11.Familiarize yourself with community amenitiesLearn about the amenities available in the apartment complex, such as communal spaces, fitness centers, or social activities.
12.Review safety and security measuresAssess the security features of the apartment complex, including locks, surveillance systems, and emergency procedures.
13.Plan for accessibility modifications, if necessaryIf needed, discuss any necessary accessibility modifications with the landlord or property management.
14.Understand parking arrangementsDetermine the parking arrangements for residents and any associated costs or restrictions.
15.Explore transportation optionsResearch local transportation services or options for easy commuting to stores, medical facilities, or social events.
16.Connect with neighbors and build a social networkIntroduce yourself to neighbors and participate in community activities to build a supportive social network.
17.Familiarize yourself with local amenities and servicesIdentify nearby services such as grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare facilities, and recreational activities.
18.Update your mailing address and notify relevant partiesInform important entities like the post office, banks, insurance providers, and government agencies about your new address.
19.Make arrangements for pet care, if applicableIf you have pets, ensure they are accommodated and make arrangements for their care within the apartment complex.
20.Create a maintenance planUnderstand the process for reporting maintenance issues or repairs to the landlord or property management.
21.Explore social and recreational opportunities for seniorsResearch local senior centers, clubs, or organizations that offer social and recreational activities for seniors.
22.Stay connected with family and friendsMaintain communication with family and friends to ensure continued social connections and support.