There are lots of reasons that you might decide to downsize from a house to an apartment;
Cost: taxes, maintenance cost (leaky roof, flooding basement, etc.)
Tired of maintaining (yard work, shoveling the driveway in winter, large space inside to keep clean)
Less people living in the space
Since almost all moves from house to apartment will require downsizing or a reduction of the amount of physical things you have, here are some tips.
Take time to consider what really makes where you live “home” to you. These things will be the most important to integrate into your new space to make it feel you own.
After deciding what you will keep then there are 3 options for the rest of your things: give away, sell or storage.
-Giving things away might seem difficult at first, but there are many great non profit organizations that would do great things with what you would donate. Also giving items away to friends and family might give you an opportunity to see them put to good use.
-Selling items can be done through online options such as Craigslist, Amazon and Ebay. Yard sales are also a very successful way to quickly downsize at the cost of receiving less money for them.
-Storage is an option as well but will be an added expense as most people will have to rent a space. Depending on the amount of items in storage, costs are hundreds of dollars per month.
As you consider downsizing either by choice or necessity it is important that where you go retains some of “you” when you get there. Bring the spice of your life and embrace the new space as the next season of your life for you to enjoy.
We are always willing to help you with any of your downsizing needs here at Jefferson Crossings. Any questions are welcomed and we look forward to serving you as you make new decisions for your life. Often the downsizing process can be stressful and we understand and respect the complexity of that situation. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have concerns.