Moving from a House to an Apartment
The move from a house to an apartment is an exciting change but it can also bring about a new set of challenges. Where will all of your belongings fit? What happens with items that are too large for your new space? Downsizing is the perfect opportunity to sort through key items and decide what’s important for your new home.
What is downsizing? Downsizing occurs when you move from a larger home to a smaller one. In the process of downsizing, you typically go through all of your things to get rid of excess and unnecessary clutter.
Benefits of Downsizing
While downsizing can be an emotional time, there are many benefits associated with the process:
- Reduced expenses (mortgage payments, real estate taxes, utility costs, insurance prices)
- Increased cash flow
- Additional retirement assets
- Freedom to travel
- Less household maintenance tasks
Who Chooses to Downsize?
Many different people choose to downsize for a variety of reasons but common demographics include:
- Retired individuals
- Parents who have become empty nesters
- People who have become physically impaired
- Individuals who love to travel
- Those who have too much empty space
Things to Consider When Downsizing
When downsizing, there are some important things you should keep in mind:
- You will have less room
- Your neighbours will be close
- You won’t be able to take everything with you
How to Downsize When Moving
After taking the considerations above into account, it’s likely you realize that you will need to get rid of some of your things before downsizing. This can sometimes be an emotional process, especially when you have items that are of sentimental value and have been with you a long time. Here are some tips you can use to help you tackle downsizing.
Moving from a house to an apartment checklist:
- Take inventory of all of your items
- Minimize anything you have duplicates of
- Make effective use of your storage space
- Plan ahead so that you have time to sell unwanted belongings
- Fill your closets and storage first to see how much space you have
- Don’t throw things away too quickly, be strategic
- Use a measuring tape to determine how much furniture you can accommodate
Store Your Extra Belongings
If you have items that you cannot take to your new place but are not ready to part with, self-storage is a practical solution. By using self-storage, you can hold onto belongings you care about in a safe and secure unit. You will also be able to swap those items with items in your new home in order to make use of more things and free up space in your home at different times of the year.
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