Empty nesters and retirees are downsizing. Moving into a smaller home can be challenging and confusing. Obviously, you will have less space which means you need to get rid of a few things. Professional organizers are a great place to start. After that, you can donate or sell little used furniture or give it to your kids.
The following is a list of some things to consider when planning the move to your new, smaller home.
- Consider your furniture. What will fit, what won’t fit, and what can you NOT live without? Measure your favorites to be sure they fit into your new home.
- Two cars may not be necessary anymore. Consider selling or donating one or both if you will be living in the city with no parking.
- Will you need your yard equipment? You may need a lawn mower, but perhaps you will be moving to a smaller yard where a riding mower will be unnecessary. If you are moving to an apartment or condo, you may not need any tools.
- Consider your outdoor furniture and grills. Maybe a portable gas grill would be better than the four burner gas grill. If you have a small balcony in your new home, you may want to get rid of large patio furniture.
- Does your new home have a washer dryer? If not, and you want to move yours, be sure you have machines that the hook-up you need in your new home, gas, propane or electric.
Sentimental items and heirlooms may be more difficult to let go of. A moving company with storage warehouse to hold your items until you have a plan is a good idea. Contact Marathon Moving for more information on moving to a smaller home or other moving tips.