Here are five downsizing tips to help you and/or your parents prepare to move:
1. Declutter, declutter, declutter
Remove everything thing that doesn’t add visual value. Remember, a buyer needs to be able to imagine themselves living in your home. Their ability to do so is severely challenged when there is clutter, piles of paper and mail, too many pictures, a garage filled with stuff, etc.
2. An organized estate is a gift to others
Gather pertinent information (bank accounts, investments, stock certificates, credit card numbers, safety deposit box information, keys to cars, storage sheds, etc.), and
Meet with an estate attorney and your financial planner to protect your assets and to document your wishes, and
Pass on family history now by sharing stories, photographs, and passing on legacy items.
3. Hire professionals
Tensions can run high when family is trying to do the work themselves and time is often very limited. Yet, there is a lot of work to do. This pressure can cause stress and create a negative atmosphere. Instead of taking on the task yourself, hire professionals to come in to get it work done. It will be money well spent. Work with a Professional Organizer who is experienced and who can help you decide what goes to the new place, what stays, what gets donated, and what gets tossed. Consider hiring an estate sale company if there are a lot of possessions that will be left after the move. Hire qualified and a reputable handyman, landscapers, and cleaning companies to spiff up the place. Work with a licensed Realtor to sell the property.
4. Time is of the essence
Simply put: The longer you wait, the harder it gets.
5. This is a new chapter
Life is all about change and this new chapter can provide much needed relief for you and extended family members.