Rightsizing, Downsizing, or Retiring. However you say it, it means ‘change’. Change means preparation. Especially when it comes to real estate.
Buying and selling real estate can mark major milestones in people’s lives: buying a starter home with your first job, selling that smaller home for a larger one to make room for your new family, selling your family home and finding a dream home to match that promotion. And then…the time comes to sell your family’s dream home. The kids have graduated and moved away and your own needs have changed. Many people call it empty nest syndrome or downsizing. The reality is it’s about rightsizing to match the newest milestone in your life.
The idea of starting over again in a new home can be stressful, but the result can mean a better fit for your lifestyle. Here are a few tips to get started on preparing your home to sell as an empty nester.
Declutter with a professional. Your home has a lifetime of memories and you’ve accumulated decades worth of stuff; it’s hard to know where to start. Hiring a professional organizer can help you sort through all of your belongings to organize and prioritize.
De-clutter on the front end. If you are buying something new, get rid of something old. Keep the balance on the front end while you organize things you already own.
Move when you can, not when you have to. Don’t waste your retirement years in a home that doesn’t suit your current lifestyle or could become too much to handle. Make the move while you have the freedom and energy to make sound decisions about what kind of home makes the most sense for you.
Are you ready to downsize or rightsize your home? Contact me. I am always happy to help answer any questions you may have. (512) 970-2627.
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