Members of Aspire at Carriage Hill and our neighbors in the greater Richmond area recently gathered to hear from some local experts on downsizing in preparation for a move. Representatives from RE/MAX Realty and Caring Transitions shared some insider tips on how to improve your lifestyle through downsizing, and what that can mean when it’s time to sell a home. If you are considering downsizing, here are a few highlights to help you get started.
Know When It’s Time To Downsize
There are multiple reasons to declutter, but the two most popular among seniors and retirees is to prepare to age in place or to make a move to a new home or community.
If you are planning to stay in your home for the foreseeable future, it’s important to make it as safe as possible. That means keeping hallways and rooms clear of anything that may be a tripping hazard or get in the way of a walker or wheelchair.
Ready to move into a new, smaller home? You’ll likely need to do some downsizing and taking care of it early can help you lower your moving costs. If you’re moving into a senior living or retirement community like Aspire at Carriage Hill, you likely don’t need as many items as you currently have. With so many services and amenities included at the community, there’s little or no need for items your new home likely provides.
Get Some Help!
Getting rid of your stuff is hard. We all have emotional attachments to items that hold memories of friends, family, or places that are near and dear to us. When you are ready to downsize, have a friend or family member help out. They will be able to help you identify the true value of some items to help you decide what should stay or go. If you need a completely unbiased opinion, services like those offered by Caring Transitions are specially setup to help seniors and retirees downsize.
A lot of things will be out of place as you identify items to save and items to sell or donate. When you know what you want to get rid of, make sure to keep big items, like furniture or sports equipment, together with smaller items. Keeping items that are staying separate from items that are going sounds simple, but it’s easy to place small items that are going on larger ones that are staying. Using sticky notes to label items can also keep you and your friends or family on the same page as you work together.
If you’re curious about how downsizing can help you make your move to a new community easier or would like to speak to our senior living experts, contact Aspire at Carriage Hill today.