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Thinking About Downsizing? Here's What To Expect When You Move From a House to a Condo


Charles Frieda | Downsizing Article
What To Expect When Downsizing

Whether the kids have moved out or you just aren't using the extra bedrooms, having a house that feels 'too big' is rarely fun. We will share a few changes you can expect when you downsize from a large house to a smaller apartment or condo.


Why Downsize At All?


As you might imagine, having too much space is the primary reason that couples and families downsize. Larger homes cost more to maintain and can feel empty if it's just one or two people living there. In many cases, old items and clutter tend to build up as there is so much storage space. Downsizing to a smaller home helps to maintain a lifestyle that is more efficient but no less luxurious.


Ask Yourself: Are You Ready?


Another consideration that you will need to make: are you ready to move? If you are retired from work, then you likely have enough time on your hands to manage a move. Conversely, if you and your spouse are both working full-time and live near your workplace, you may want to source a smaller home nearby.


Don't forget that if you own the house you are living in now, this might mean having to list and sell it while buying your new home. This is a common situation and isn't a significant problem, but it will require a bit of scheduling and financial planning.


The Hardest Part: Choosing What To Keep


Ask any couple or family that has downsized their home about the toughest part, and many will share that it was choosing what stays and what goes. Believe me when I say this is the tough part. I have personally had a front row seat to this issue when helping other family members recently make the move from a large Orange County house. When space is at a premium, everything from shoes to appliances needs to be considered.


Spend some time going through each room in your house, taking an inventory of what you have. Are there any family heirlooms or other emotional items that you can't part ways with? After that, is there anything that will be usable in your new home? Everything else should be considered fair game. Sell it, donate it or toss it out.


Moving to a smaller home can seem challenging at first, but it is a lifestyle choice that can pay significant dividends. When you are ready to make a move, then feel free to reach and have a conversation with me. I am always happy to talk about real estate in Southern California or dispense with some helpful tips on how to get a friend or family member to see that they need to declutter that big house.


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