4 Things You Can Do to Downsize Your Home

Posted by Greg Smith on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 at 10:45am.

Four Steps to Downsizing Your HomeDownsizing can be an overwhelming task, especially for homeowners on a strict timeline. And selling a home can be quite tressful. For anyone who is downsizing before a move or who is trying to buy a smaller home, these tips can help.

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

1. Sell What You Can

Holding a garage sale is one of the first things that many homeowners do when they decide to downsize. However, garage sales are not always the best way to make money off of used belongings.

A more efficient way is to sell belongings through websites that carry used goods. This is an excellent way to make money off of electronics, gently used furniture and designer clothes that no longer fit. For best results, take good pictures, write accurate descriptions and respond quickly to people who make inquiries.

2. Get Rid of Everything You Haven't Used Recently

It's hard to decide what to get rid of and what to keep. Some homeowners set a rule for themselves: get rid of everything that hasn't been used in one or two years. Setting a line and committing to getting rid of everything that falls in this category can make downsizing easier.

3. Get a Storage Unit

Sometimes it's just too hard to get rid of beloved things. Getting a storage unit makes it possible for homeowners to store some things off site without taking up room in their house. When looking into a storage unit, it's important to consider the costs of long-term storage.

Homeowners trying to save money on storage can do so by shopping around, comparing prices and shopping for "deals." For example, sometimes storage facilities will rent units on upper floors for less money than units on the ground floor. Looking for storage units with discount prices can help homeowners save a lot of money over a long period of time.

4. Digitize Paper Records

Paper records can take up a lot of space. Digitizing paper records enables homeowners to throw away papers that they otherwise would have to keep in a filing cabinet. Of course, some papers have to be kept, because sometimes originals are important. Homeowners who want to digitize their records must separate papers to be disposed from the papers that must be kept. When getting rid of paper records, it's important shred those papers that are not being kept; this helps homeowners protect their information.

For more information about buying a Longmont smaller home or entering the real estate market, talk to your real estate professional.

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

Greg Smith

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