For thousands of people, moving to smaller quarters is “out there”—meaning some time in the future. But for many of us, “I’m not ready yet,” really means, “I can’t stand the thought of getting ready to move.”
On the other hand, for most people, their home is their single largest asset, so maximizing what it will sell for is important. There are many things we can’t control. We can’t control what the mortgage interest rates will be when we sell our home. We can’t control what the real estate market will be like when we sell our home as many is known by senior homeowners in the current economy. But we can control how ready our home is to go on the market, and the best investment is starting now—even if your move is months or years away.
The key is “working smart”—that is, doing work once and benefiting from it twice. Working smart means downsizing before listing your home for sale, so it sells quickly and at the highest price, which will reduce your stress, and save on packing and moving costs.
For many of us, belongings that once brought us pleasure now seem like a burden, extra weight we would rather not have. But sorting through a lifetime of accumulations and deciding to part with them is hard.
Think of downsizing from your home of decades as losing 100 pounds. You didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you can’t lose it overnight, either. Your belongings are like those pounds. It took years to accumulate them, and sorting through them will take time. Just as each pound, taken individually, doesn’t appear to make a difference, there may not seem to be a lot of improvement from each sorting session. But losing 100 pounds is accomplished by losing one pound one hundred times, and with planning, patience and perseverance, you can get ready to move and maximize your home’s marketability, one bag at a time.
Here are some proven tips and techniques that you can begin implementing today, even if your move is years away. Remember that the key to losing 100 pounds is not losing the 100th pound; it’s losing the first one. The key to downsizing is not finishing the process; it’s starting it.