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Downsizing Your Home


Downsizing Your Home

The Top 3 Tips If You Want to Downsize

People move from larger homes to smaller homes all the time. However, the reasons are as numerous as the people! Sometimes, parents want to downsize because all of their children have grown up and moved away, and they no longer need so much space. The death of a loved one is also a reason many people chose to move into a smaller home. Widows and widowers often downsize after the passing of their spouse. Financial misfortune – like being laid off or getting behind on your mortgage – can also be a reason that homeowners chose to downsize. Regardless of the reason, downsizing can be an exciting for some, but stressful and emotional for others. So what's the best way to handle the move if you're about to downsize? Here are three helpful tips:

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1. Know the exact size of your new home

If you are fortunate enough to have time to plan before your move, use it to your advantage. For example, if you have the opportunity to see your future home before moving it, take measures of rooms, closets, and storage spaces. If you are unable to see the new home before the move-in date, ask your realtor for an estimate on each room's size. Total square footage of the new home is important, but knowing exactly how much space you'll have for your belongings you'll have in each room will help you plan and pack accordingly.

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2. Make three lists

After you've determined the size of your new home, make a list with three columns, and put each item in your home in one of those columns. You're making a “Keep” list, a “Store” list, and “Sell/Donate” list. Anything that you want to move from your current home into your new one should go in the “Keep” list. That way, you can ensure that it gets packed into the appropriate boxes, and that it will have a place in your new home. If you have items (furniture, keepsakes, etc.) that you want to keep, but won't have room for in your new home, make arrangements to store these possessions somewhere – perhaps at a relative's home who lives nearby or at a storage unit near your new home. That way, the items on your “Store” list will be close by if you need to access them anytime in the future. Finally, you need to make a list of the items that aren't making the move with you. You can get rid of these items by having a yard sale, donating them to a local charity, church, or school, or you can give them away to someone who needs/wants them. Being prepared, even if your move takes place last minute, will ensure that you maintain possession of the items you want to keep, and that you have a plan for those you no longer want. If the move is taking place because of the death of loved one, be sure to have a family member or close friend help you go through those possessions. Death is always a stressful and emotional situation to handle, so having someone help you make decisions about your loved one's possessions can ease that burden.

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3. Stay positive

Regardless if the move was a welcomed or unexpected one, your attitude towards it can go a long way. So, look at the move as an opportunity for personal growth. The only thing in life that stays the same is that everything changes, so embrace the move as a positive change in your life, not a negative one. Just because you're downsizing doesn't mean you have to forget your old home or the memories you made there. Bring pictures, mementos, and other keepsakes from your old home to remind you of the time you lived there. Hopefully, by following these simple three guidelines, your move into your new home will be as trouble- free as possible!

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