Downsizing from a single-family home to a smaller condominium can be an arduous process. However, approaching this task with enough preparation and mindfulness will make the transition easier. Whether you want to deal with less maintenance or want a simpler, cozier lifestyle, here’s what you need to know before making the transition.
How to Prepare for the Move
1. Plan Ahead
Because downsizing is a serious time commitment, early prep work can save you major headaches later on. Scheduling visits with an experienced Realtor® can give you insight into your desired condo, including amenities with higher maintenance fees and restrictions enacted by the property’s homeowners association. From there, you can decide on what belongings you need to leave behind.
2. Prioritize Your Possessions
Start by setting aside essential items like photographs, home videos, and family heirlooms you’d like to have in your new home. Once you’ve figured out your must-haves, sort the rest into keep and discard piles.
Think about the quality of your items, as well as whether you can consolidate some of your belongings. For example, you could easily consolidate your media center by purchasing a smart television that mounts to the wall and connects to your favorite streaming apps.
3. Sell or Give Items Away
Once you’ve sorted through your belongings, come up with a game plan for items you’re purging. Items that are still in good condition could be sold for profit or donated to a local non-profit or charity store. Not only is this environmentally friendly, but your old treasures will find new lives someplace else.
4. Plot Out Your Space
Use floor plans to your advantage. If you have specific room and storage measurements for your new home, map out a theoretical furniture layout. This will give you a realistic vision of how to place your furniture around your condominium and where additional consolidation is needed. If you can’t fit certain pieces in that room, consider placing them in a different area or donating them.
When you’re ready to commit to a condominium, consider The Towers in Tampa. Just a short walk away from popular neighborhoods like Channelside, Waterstreet, and Riverwalk, these luxurious high-rise properties overlook Hillsborough Bay and the city’s skyline and offer five-star amenities like a heated infinity pool, grassed dog park, and outdoor grill area. Email the office with questions or visit their website for more information.