I want to share THIER story!!
We all spend a lot of time thinking about children and the younger generation and some of our time thinking about parents. The need is great to consider NOW how our generations will support each other! In 2015 the Go Straley Group was fortunate to assist a local family with parents and heritage in transition.
I know a lot of young families move away from home. Often times, we meet a spouse in college, have job transfers or unique personal opportunities that widen the geographic of the family. We easily accept the concept of a global community not fully comprehending the unintended consequence.
However, as we grow, and children become adults, parents and grandparents often look around and are not sure of the next step. My parents are in Pennsylvania and, you got to know, I would do much to bring them to Virginia, if only they could embrace the change.
As I was saying in the beginning, it was so fun to work with a family that did embrace this change! The parents’ parents, now great grandma and great grandpa lived in their home for over 40 years and in their community even longer. It was fun to travel back to the hometown just a few States away for the holidays, but families get busy and as the generations grow their obligations become overwhelming to the immediate family and visiting great grandma takes the toll.
Well GG and GP decided it was time to move and it was a process – and not an overnight decision. The frequent trips to visit became less frequent, as driving at night becomes a concern and general health needs become more present each day. Also, it is on the wish list of all loving families, to have more family members close at hand, not only, in case of emergency, but morning coffee sessions too!
So, the process began with information gathering and imagination. GG and GP had private discussions on values and family and had to consider the likely possibility that they may not depart this world at the same time, so in an Action of Love – began preparing with the thought and later the action. They began to understand the move to be closer to children might likely be approaching. This is still not a plan, but a beginning.
Garage sales and cleaning out of unwanted and unnecessary clutter was a mission. It was a great feeling to put things to use, through donations. Things that sat in the garage, the linen closet, upper kitchen cabinets and more began departing the homestead! The family became more sensitive to hearing and seeing home style possibilities and, in this case, quickly moved to viewing homes!
One day, GG and GP agreed to look at a community just down the street from the children’s’ grown families and loved the new designs and envisioning where the favorite desk, piano and guest bed would fit. The carefully analyzed the utility of the baths and the kitchen storage. The safety and community were explored, as was the HOA representative and neighbors. The idea became so exciting and real the house was identified within months, inspected, purchased and moving day began.
It was fun to watch the car and trailer full of family heirlooms and precious hobby tools come to Virginia. There was no rush and the joy of moving was one of nurture and growth and joy.
Today I am ready to revisit – to see if the favorite bookcase found its new home.
It can be difficult to make life changes and it doesn’t happen overnight, but I bet if your think about it, you might know someone going through this process right now.
Wouldn’t it be nice, to refer your friends and family to a professional you know who is patient and loving and educated about our communities? Each family has a different priority when relocating parents nearby. Friends, hobbies, church, location and shopping may all play a part. In addition, size of home, yard and amenities need to be considered while balancing affordability and time schedules.
Go Straley Group is asking you to consider who you might know now in this lifestyle transition!
Would you please give me a call or text / even a Facebook message to let me know what you think about generational support and dependency? If you know someone, please actively provide our phone number 540-834-6263 or better yet, call us and we will reach out.
Life changes are big, and you want to refer someone you trust! In the years of business in our community our integrity, follow through and patience have earned us great references, which we can provide. Please call and if you like any real estate information or home ideas/assistance let’s talk!
Let’s Talk Michael Straley 540-834-6263 or Rebecca 540-379-1949!