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The Easy Way to Downsize a Home

Posted by Chip Glennon on Monday, July 15th, 2019 at 11:41am.

Downsize a HomeSome find that it is no longer practical to own and maintain a larger Kearney home. There are many resources available for those looking to downsize. Understand how to start scaling down to live with less stress and expense today.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

How Much Time Do You Have?

Downsizing can be a more abrupt transition for those who must move quickly due to a job relocation or who have just closed on a smaller home. It helps to focus on a single room at a time when deciding what to toss, donate or keep. Those who do not need to move quickly can take their time with the process and may be able to find new homes for beloved heirlooms or items with which they have an emotional attachment with family members or friends.

What Is Your Next Property?

People looking to downsize should consider the amenities and services allotted with a new smaller home. Condo living may come with a pool, gym and more. With this as a consideration, it can be easy to toss that home gym, pool and deck equipment or other items that will not be worth bringing to a new place. Check with neighbors to see whether they can make use of items before discarding or post them on sites or apps to sell, using the extra funds toward the move. Moving to an HOA community where routine outdoor maintenance tasks may be performed as part of the services provides with paid dues can also be an excellent reason to start ridding oneself of a thatcher, mowers and more.

What Can You Donate or Sell?

Homeowners going through the downsizing process may find it helpful to sort items into three piles. The piles would be those things to donate or give away, items to throw out and things worth keeping. Individuals who have time may want to post items they will get rid of online using websites like Ebay or host a garage sale. Antiques and unique memorabilia may easily find a new home when the sale is advertised. Selling unnecessary items can provide a tangible objective for this initial stage and additional motivation when sorting through items in the home.

Downsizing can be difficult, but with the right help, attitude and a plan, it can be less stressful and a rewarding experience.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

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