The Top 10 Rightsizing Tips from a Sage Real Estate Agent

Changes in your lifestyle often mean changes in your surroundings. When the children leave the nest or your retirement plans include more travel and less home maintenance, you may want to re-think the type of home you need.  Eliminating clutter can make such big transitions a whole lot easier.  A Sage real estate agent has pulled together the top 10 resources for rightsizing now so you can have options later.

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  1. Start off easy. Eliminate anything that’s broken, damaged, or hasn’t been used for a year. Then, go to the out-of-the way spaces like attics, crawlspaces and garages. Making progress in “easier” areas helps build momentum to go through the harder-to-decide areas. 
  1. Ask yourself, “If I did not have this, would I buy it?” If you wouldn’t miss it or need to replace it, it’s probably not worth keeping. And maybe someone else could really use it. 
  1. Don’t be a storage unit. If friends or kids have left things for you to store, it’s time to ask them to pick them up –or arrange to have them shipped. You need to be tough and set a firm deadline. After that, donate the items. 
  1. Ask for help. Although you can do much of this work on your own, a family member, a good friend or a professional organizer can help make the job more pleasant and efficient. 
  1. Prioritize Pretend you are moving overseas, the number of items you can take will be severely limited and it will cost a small fortune to ship things. 
  1. Is this something from a time in my life that is over? For example, if you have three cabinets full of plastic containers, but only cook for one or two people, you probably can lose a few plastic sets-dishes, pots and pans, etc. 
  1. Schedule a regular time each week-to work on rightsizing. Realize that rightsizing is a life-changing marathon, not a sprint. You didn’t accumulate everything overnight, and you won’t sort it all out overnight either. 
  1. Enjoy what you keep. The fewer things you keep, the more you will treasure and enjoy them. Display them! Use the crystal! 
  1. Keep it simple going forward. Ask people to spoil you with gifts of new experiences, luxuries (spa certificates, imported chocolate, a musical or other theatre production, gift certificates for dinner out). Instead of things, gather memories. 
  1. Use age to your advantage. Now is a great time to gift items you eventually want family members to have. Make special people happy and free yourself of extra “stuff” that you have been charged with keeping for posterity. 

For more information about rightsizing or preparing your home for sale, visit https://www.findahomeinpa.com/home-buyer-tips/ or contact a real estate agent at Sage Realty, LLC.

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