Regardless of the reason why you’ve decided to downsize your living space, there’s a good chance you will need to make some important decisions about what will be going with you. While selling a house and moving is generally stressful no matter the circumstances, it can become even more so at the prospect of having to cut back on your belongings. Fortunately, as the real estate agents at EXIT Reward Realty in Pittsfield and Epsom, NH, suggest, the process of downsizing can be made much easier with a little planning.
They’re here with a few tips on making a smooth transition into your new home:
- Know How Much Room You Have to Work With: Once your real estate agent has helped you find the next place you’ll call home, take the time to measure each room so you have a good idea of how much you can fit inside. This will also allow you to determine if your current furniture is too large and you need to start fresh.
- Consider Which Items You’ll Actually Need: It’s likely that there will be items you will simply no longer need where you’ll be moving. If there are fewer bedrooms, you know you can get rid of extra bedroom sets. If there isn’t a yard or lawn to maintain, there’s no reason to bring your lawn care equipment with you. Be practical in your packing.
- Start Organizing & Getting Rid of Excess: After you’ve decided what you’ll be keeping and what will be left behind, you can start organizing everything room by room. Put items into separate containers labeled for moving, selling, donating, or throwing away to ensure you don’t take any of the clutter with you.
- Figure Out Ways to Optimize Space in Your New Place: Even with less space, you can find innovative ways to store your possessions. Consider putting up shelving, buying furniture that doubles as storage, using under-bed storage boxes, and installing closet organizers. There’s also the option of renting a storage unit for the things you can’t bear to discard.
With the proper preparation, downsizing doesn’t have to be a challenge. To speak with a seasoned real estate agent about your plans to move into a smaller home, contact the EXIT Reward Realty office in Pittsfield or Epsom at (603) 435-7800. You can also visit them online to browse current real estate listings.