The Do's and Don'ts of Downsizing A Home

Downsizing. A word that has become very common in our lives today. I am seeing more and more people downsize. This could be due to retirement, divorce, or the need to liquidate your funds. Whatever your reason for changing your space, there is a right and a wrong way to downsize your home. Here are some tips to help you with your downsizing process.

* As soon as your decide to downsize, start the process. It takes time.

* Walk through your home and make of list of what to do for each room.

1. Does it need to be painted?
2. Repairs
3. Furniture sold
4. Closets cleaned out
5. Antiques to be sold
6. Books
7. Paper to be purged
8. Clothing closets to be cleaned out
9. Kids items to be dealt with

These are just some of the more common projects that need to be addressed when you are in the downsizing process.

Set up a timeline. When is the date for the house to be put on the market? When is your move date? Once your have those items figured out, its time to take action. A house is like an onion, it has many layers. The longer you have been in the home, the more stuff you have to sort through.

Depending on what is in your home, you might need outside assistance to sell items. If you have a lot of items that are sell worthy, you might want to contact a estate sale specialist. For a fee, they can conduct an estate sale for your in your home.

If you have the time, and don’t want to share your profits, consider selling the items yourself through craigslist or offer up. And if you just want them out of your home and aren’t concerned about money, then freecycle is the way to go. Just list your items and people will come and get them.

And as far as what not to do in the downsizing process-DON’T WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE!!

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