Rightsizing

Establishing a Timeframe When Downsizing

When you’re downsizing, it’s very important to establish a time-frame.The reason you are downsizing plays a major factor in determining your time-frame. For example, if you are thinking about downsizing in a couple years after retirement or the kids leave for school, that gives us plenty of time to plan. We can figure out where you want to live next, what you want to take with you, and what the budget and location will be. The more time you have to plan, the better.

If you or a family member needs to downsize because you can’t afford to live there anymore, your health makes it difficult for you to handle stairs, or you have a family member who has put off living in a nursing home, that time-frame has a greater sense of urgency. That urgency can add a lot of stress as you navigate the emotional side of the move, especially when it comes to figuring out what you’re going to do with all of your stuff.

We work with you to help establish your time-frame. If you have a couple years, I can help you plan out home improvements and sort through belongings. We can map out a monthly plan on projects you should have completed and boxes you should have cleared from the property. During that more urgent time-frame, we will help you figure out where you are moving, determine if you need assistance moving, and create a plan for sorting through your stuff. We want to make the transition as easy for you as possible.

The second thing to consider is, are you staying local or planning on moving to a totally new area.This is an important part of the process to talk about, because when we're planning and creating a moving timeline, we need to discuss if you need to visit the new area and how we'll know what kind of home you're going to move into. We also need to discuss what you can afford, of course.


Downsizing & Preparing Your Northern Virginia Home for the Market

If you're staying local, we can help you get into the types of homes you're looking for, and start to see the size and style of the home you're going to move into. We can take you into those homes, which will further the plan with considerations like what you need to bring, and what's going to happen to your old home. You might sell or pass it on to your family, for example.

If you're moving to an area far away, we won't be able to answer quite as many questions, so what we want to do is connect you with an experienced agent in the area who can do the same things. Remember, the downsizing process is a big project, and part of it is figuring out where you're going to go so we can make our plan together.

More and more homeowners are choosing to purchase and live in smaller homes, and there are many different reasons for it. Today we’ll be speaking about what types of homes you may want to downsize into.

The first step in this process would be to sit down with you and find out what your needs are. There are many different homes with different amenities that you can downsize into, but we want one that will fit your needs perfectly.

Townhomes work well for a lot of our clients. They average about 2,000 square feet and you have less yard maintenance and outside work. Condos are another popular option, especially the garden style combo. We also have high rise condos if you’d like to live closer to the city.

If you’re a little older, there are places called Active Adult communities where there are no children. These communities are usually 55 and older, but they have a range of clubs and activities for you to participate in. The prices range depending on the amenities you need and how much care you require, but there are a few different assisted living places in our area that offer varying levels of assistance.

As a real estate agent, I can help you choose a good place to downsize into. We can go over what you need, what kind of lifestyle you’re looking for, and which kinds of communities match your needs.


When Downsizing, Will You Stay Local, or Relocate?

Now that you have started planning your move, what are the plans for preparing your current home for the market? Your first step should be determining your home’s value. Here in Northern Virginia, many of you are still seeing neighborhoods with very tight inventory. As well as, multiple offer situations, and even bidding wars.

Find out what your home will sell for in today’s market here. You may be surprised to find that the value of your home has risen substantially.



What Type of Home Should You Downsize Into?

When downsizing, there are a few areas you should pay attention to: maintenance, updates, and staging.

At this point, the decluttering process should be underway. We will help you come up with a time-frame to make your house look like a model home when it goes to the market.

We also give you staging advice throughout the process. You can hire a professional stager and we would happily find one for you; just be aware that an outside stager can cost up to $175 an hour. However, we will spend a couple of hours with you. We will go room by room, identify things you don’t need to take with you, and give you advice on what makes sense to move.

After that, we give you a list of recommendations to prepare your home for sale, both inside and outside. These recommendations will get you a good return on investment.


What Should You Keep When You Downsize?

If you need help getting rid of your possessions, we can introduce you to someone who can help. We can find someone to be there as often as you need. We really enjoy guiding you through this process. We are here to make sure everything goes smoothly and that your move is successful. Whenever you’re moving, there is a lot of emotional stress in deciding what to keep and what to throw out. Before you get overwhelmed, remember what kind of property you’re moving into. Do you have a one bedroom place? Or is it a townhome?

When you look at the reality of the situation, the emotional stress wanes. We know it’s still difficult to decide what to keep and what not to keep, but I myself enjoy helping people decide what to keep. Sometimes a third party input is what you need making these decisions. When it comes to family heirlooms, keepsakes, or other things you treasure, you should probably keep them. However, make a distinction between things you need to live in the home and things you need to keep for family or loved ones.

I think what’s most helpful in this situation is to get someone else’s opinion. You need that sense of reason when you’re pacing up and getting nostalgic about everything. If you’re strongly considering a move, or have already committed to one, congratulations on your next life chapter! In this article and in the past five videos, we’ve talked about: The needs for downsizing Time-frames and planning Stay local or move out of the area Type of property you want to move into Staging and preparing your current home for the market

Clearly, there are many things that come into play with such a major decision. I know this process can be daunting. However, I created this value-added service to better serve the surrounding community. It’s incredibly important to have a professional on your side through this stressful process. I’m here for you to accompany you on your journey and provide emotional support along the way!


If you’re strongly considering a move, or have already committed to one, congratulations on your next life chapter! In the past five videos, we’ve talked about: The needs for downsizing Timeframes and planning Stay local or move out of the area Type of property you want to move into Staging and preparing your current home for the market.

Clearly, there are many things that come into play with such a major decision. I know this process can be daunting. However, I created this value-added service to better serve the surrounding community. It’s incredibly important to have a professional on your side through this stressful process. I’m here for you to accompany you on your journey and provide emotional support along the way! If you’re thinking about downsizing, reach out to me. I’m available by phone or email! I’d be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have.