5 Step Strategy for Downsizing Your Home
In our “bigger is better” culture, there’s an expectation that each home should be larger and grander than the last. But life changes kids leaving for college, growing older can prompt us to find a smaller home that better suits our needs.
The advantages of downsizing are being recognized. A “tiny house movement” has gained passionate advocates who appreciate the benefits of living simply at any age. Smaller Homes typically cost less and take less effort to maintain.
We’ve outlined five steps to guide you on your journey to downsizing your home. In the end, we hope you’ll find that less is more … more comfort, more time and energy.
5 STEPS TO DOWNSIZING SUCCESS
1. Determine Your Goals and Limitations
The first step is to figure out your goals for your new living environment. You should also consider limitations that will impact the home you choose. Ex. are stairs an issue?
How long do you plan to live in the new home? Do you expect your needs to change during that time?
Make a “wish list” of features and prioritize them from most to least important. We can help you assess the value of your current home.
2. Find the Perfect New Home
Once you’ve your “wish list,” we can search for your new home. As local market experts, we know all the top communities in our area. We can help determine the neighborhood and type of home that will best fit your needs.
We serve clients in all stages of life. If you or a loved one are in need of extended support, we can share the assisted living facilities in town and help you identify those that offer the optimal level of care.
Are you planning to relocate out of town? We can refer you to a trusted real estate professional in your target area.
3. Sell Your Current Home
If you’re ready to sell your current home, we’ll begin the process of listing it as we search for your new one.
We have a special interest in helping homeowners who are facing life transitions, we offer a full-service real estate experience that aims to remove as much of the stress and hassle of selling your home. We understand that many of our clients choose to downsize for financial reasons, so we employ strategies to maximize the potential sales revenue of your home.
We do this by employing our proven three-part approach, which focuses on optimum preparation, pricing, and promotion. As part of that plan, we invest in an aggressive marketing strategy that utilizes online and social media platforms to connect with consumers and local real estate agents.
4. Sort and Pack Your Belongings
Even before finding your new home, you can begin preparing for your move. A smaller home means less space for your furniture and other possessions, so you will need to decide what to keep and what to sell or donate.
Parting with personal possessions can be an extremely emotional process. Start with a small, unemotional space like a laundry or powder room and work your way up to larger rooms. Focus on eliminating duplicates and anything you don’t use. If you have sentimental pieces, or useful items you no longer need, think about who in your life would benefit from having them. For large collections, consider keeping one or two favorite pieces and photographing the rest.
Make sure the items you keep help you achieve the goals you outlined in Step 1. If you want a home that’s easier to clean, cut down on knickknacks that require frequent dusting.
5. Get Help When You Need It
Moving is stressful in any situation. But if you’re downsizing due to health issues or a major life change, it can be an especially tough transition. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Seek out friends and family members who can assist with packing and decluttering. If that’s not an option, or if you need additional help, consider hiring a full-service moving company. If financial constraints are holding back, let us know.
If your current home no longer suits your needs, maybe it’s time to consider a change. We would love to help you.