03 May Top Three Excuses That Prevent Homeowners from Downsizing (And How to Address Them)
Having recently helped a handful of clients moved to smaller homes, I know how difficult it can be. Downsizing usually offers a wide range of exciting benefits, and provides significant financial and lifestyle opportunities. Although it is a popular choice later in life, not everyone looks forward to it with optimism. Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine yourself living somewhere else. For many, it’s the actual move that make them reluctant. Here are the top three concerns that cause homeowners to think twice:
“I don’t want to move because I am sentimentally attached to my home.” Truly, home is where the heart is. It’s expected that you have a strong connection to a place that created a lifetime of happy memories for you and your family. Truth is, those memories will still be with you in your next one. Although you might shed a tear or two while packing, you will take pleasure in the exciting anticipation of moving into a new property. Selling the family home is much easier when there is an end goal in mind.
“I have way too much stuff, so it will be overcrowded in a smaller home.” The more space we have, the more things we tend to acquire. Most families, particularly seniors, need to undertake a thorough decluttering in order to make the transition. Will you need to get rid of a few things? Absolutely. But clearing up the mess and sifting through your belongings to only account for the things you really love isn’t so bad. Also, a smaller home means less maintenance and more time for your hobbies.
“I can’t do this on my own and I’m not sure where to start.” Making a move isn’t easy, so it’s just normal to feel overwhelmed. The good news is, you don’t have to do it on your own. Your real estate agent is your best asset in assisting you through the whole process. From the get-go, they will help assess your needs and refer the appropriate kind of experts to get the job done. Professional organizers, cleaners, and movers can make even the most daunting move easy. With the right people, you can look forward to putting your feet up in your brand new home.
I know professionals that can help you, every step of the way.