The average new single-family home is now 2,700 square feet; up from just 1,000 square feet in 1950. As the kids move away and retirement or senior living inch closer, you may find having twice the house is twice the work.
While estate downsizing can feel like a step-down, there are actually some great benefits: less upkeep, lower utilities and taxes, less clutter, and a smaller mortgage means you’ll have more money for paying off debt, saving for retirement, or travel.
As you weigh your options make sure you don’t add “the hassle of moving” to the cons side of your list. Today there are plenty of estate downsizing companies and moving managers who will take care of the hassle for you.
Here are the benefits of hiring a service to help you when you’re ready to downsize:
- Less family stress: Estate downsizing will likely be emotional, especially if you plan to get your adult children involved. Even TV trays can trigger treasured family memories – it can be difficult to let go, even when you know it’s the logical thing to do. Hiring a professional who will keep you focused on the end goal makes the process of letting go much easier.
- You set the pace: Relying on family and friends, who can only help you on their schedule, can accelerate your timeline and add to the stress of moving. When you’re sorting through 3o+ years of memories it’s important that you move at your pace and not rush through the process. A professional will help guide you through the steps and make sure everyone involved is working on your timeline.
- Professional pricing: Downsizing typically involves selling. If you’re not in the vintage and antique business you may not know that some of your older, everyday items are collectible. Hiring a professional can ensure that you don’t accidentally donate what you should sell and vice-versa. A professional will also have connections to make sure your belongings sell for top dollar.
- A Neutral third-party: When trying to downsize on your own it’s likely you’ll take too much. A professional can help keep things in perspective, keep you focused on what’s really important, and can generally make the transition easier on you.
- Help unpacking: The worst part of moving is usually the unpacking, not the packing. A professional can help make sure the furniture is set up, your belonging are put away, your art is hung, and even remove all packing materials.
- You’ve earned it: Let’s face it, if you’re in a life stage where you’re considering downsizing you’ve likely paid your dues after years of hard work. Hiring a professional can help you enter this new phase of your life with grace and ease instead of stress and backaches. You deserve it.
There’s so much more to moving than simply packing up and hiring movers to get you from point A to point B, especially when you’re moving into a smaller home. Hiring someone to downsize won’t make sense in every case, but it’s worth considering if you’re feeling apprehensive or like extra support would make the process easier on you.