The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted people to look at things in significantly different ways. Whether it’s valuing family more, working from home, or losing a job, COVID has altered peoples’ lives. And the real estate market is no exception. In fact, many people have realized they no longer need, or they can’t afford, the size of house they currently have.
Downsizing is becoming increasingly popular in different areas of life. But as anyone currently in the process of trying to downsize a house knows, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Not only do you need to move or say goodbye to years of accumulated belongings, but to downsize to a smaller home, you must first sell your current one. Here are 10 tips for selling your home when preparing to downsize.
Find your new, smaller house
To begin, you’ll need to decide where you want to live and what type of dwelling you’re looking for. For example, do you want a condo near the city centre, or a small, rural house with land? If you need to sell your house prior to purchasing your next then you can consider a “rent back” from the buyer while you prepare for your move.
No no, we are not getting ready to move. I’m pretty sure the house we have now can accommodate the craziness that twins is about to bring us…at least for a while!
However, in all my perusal of fabulous shows on HGTV (which is where, let’s face it, my TV is most-often tuned to) one of my favorite things to see is when folks “stage” a house. Basically, they make it look the way buyers dream it can look! And I tend to take a lot of cues from that around our home when it comes to design and basic decor.
So when Daisy from The Rug Seller contacted me about an infographic on making sure your house is ready to be sold, my immediate thought was, “Hey, I would do all these things to just make my house BETTER, whether or not I was actually selling!” (Well…except the depersonalizing!) Check it out and see if you agree with me!
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We all tend to accumulate too much stuff over the years. We buy things we think we have to have, but after a few months, they end up stashed in a closet or attic and we go months without seeing them. We get gifts for birthdays and Christmas that we don’t really love but we don’t have the heart to get rid of out of respect for the giver. We hang onto clothes that we’ve grown out of in the hopes that we’ll lose those 10 pounds finally.
Over time, it can all add up. Every closet and storage space in our home is packed with things. The clutter reduces the amount of space we have in the house, and it can make our homes less comfortable and inviting. Clearing out the clutter can help you feel more relaxed in your own home.
Here are a few smart ways to get rid of clutter in your home:
Analyze Every Space
You may not even realize how much clutter you have in your home because you have stuffed it away out of sight. Once you start sorting through your closets, your garage, your attic, and your crawlspace, you may be shocked to realize how much you have accumulated.
In order to really reduce the clutter in your home, you need to go through every space and analyze every item in every box. You’ll be able to maximize the amount you get rid of and the space you create.
Be Honest and Objective
There are many reasons why we hang on to items that we don’t necessarily need anymore. You may think that you’ll use the item again, such as those reams of fabric you’ve stored for craft projects. Or you may think that you’ll need them again, such as those specialty kitchen utensils and pans that you only used once.
Most of you know that I HATE clutter. I don’t know why, I just don’t do well with it, and I always feel more at peace when everything is nicely organized. The problem I have with conveying that to others is that it tends to be overwhelming. They think they need to have their whole house in perfect order to be “uncluttered” and the idea of doing that just simply overwhelms them. So they do nothing.
So when professional blogger Sofia Lewis contacted me to see if I’d be interesting in publishing her article on “How to Successfully De-Clutter Your Home”, I was at first a bit skeptical. That’s a loaded title, and I didn’t want it to be overwhelming for any readers! But then I saw the article, and how nicely she broke it down and explained everything, and I decided that she did a much better job than I could, ha! So, without further ado…here’s Sofia!
It’s one thing to keep your home looking and feeling clean and sanitary, but if you want a truly tidy house then it’s important to de-clutter your home at least once or twice a year! We all have items in our homes that we don’t use, either because they don’t work anymore or just because we haven’t got around to throwing them out. If this sounds like you and you want to have a little more room in your life and a little less clutter in your home then follow these tips for successful and easy house de-clutter!