There are many reasons why homeowners make the decision to downsize to a smaller house – from too many unused rooms to preparing financially for retirement. Whatever the circumstance, downsizing has many perks.
Lifestyle changes often spark the decision to move. If your children have moved out and you no longer need the large backyard space or the extra bedrooms, the upkeep alone could inspire you to downsize. Or, if you’re planning for retirement, a smaller, less pricey property may work better for your new lifestyle.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your move to a smaller home:
Your lifestyle needs: How much do you plan to downsize? What home features are you looking for? — Just a few questions to consider as you move forward. Having these in mind will help determine what items you need to take or purchase for the new home.
Home Inventory: Take a day or two to look through your home and see what belongings you could do without. Given that you’ll have a smaller living space, you may not be able to bring all the furniture and home accessories with you.
Community Involvement: Hosting a garage sale is a great way to get rid of unwanted items. Use the money for packing supplies, movers and new furniture. If you want to take more of a feel-good approach, see if there is a local organization that accepts donations.
Storage Options: You may not be able to part ways with some of your belongings and that’s okay. See if there’s a way to build additional shelving in the home or in the garage. If you have furniture in good condition that you’re not able to give away or sell prior to your move, consider renting a near-by storage unit.
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