There are a few challenges that you may encounter when leaving your long-term home.
Moving from your long-term home, especially if you’ve been there for decades, can be emotionally and physically overwhelming. The contents and collectibles that you’ve accumulated over the years could have grown exponentially as well. Not knowing where you’re going to go, what you’re going to do with all of your things, and the emotional ties to the property can make it a difficult decision.
Regardless, many people do make this decision to downsize. Maybe you’re in a two-story home with stairs that become a burden, or you’re on a big lot that was great when you had the kids and grandkids there with a pool, but now it’s just a headache to maintain every single week. So maybe it is time to make a change or downsize to a patio home, a ranch home, a condo, a townhome, or maybe even to a different community altogether. With that decision comes some challenges.
The first challenge is selling the home. Do you need to coordinate selling this home in order to have the proceeds to buy the next home? Well, that could be a challenge, and so it’s really important to have an experienced, full-time, real estate professional, like myself, that can price the home appropriately. You need to price it to sell, not to sit.
The second challenge that you might face is getting the home in showing condition for the home to be viewed by buyers. Thankfully, sellers bring me in before they do anything so I can identify the few things they may need to do, and focus their attention on the things that are only necessary to be done. There are just a few key things that I will tell you to do to make your house show fabulous.
The third challenge you may have is the emotional challenge. It’s going to take a lot more time to move the little things than the big things, and by that I mean sorting through all the little stuff that you have in the house that you’ve accumulated over the years. I always tell sellers that the best thing to do is focus on the things that need to be done first in order to get the home on the market while you know the market is good, and then once your house is on the market, you can start sorting through all those cabinets. Don’t make it an overwhelming project. Then, once we have a contract on the home, we can negotiate a closing date that’s going to work for you to allow us time to continue going through the whole process.
We have brought in estate professionals for many of our sellers. Our clients will use our estate people to help prepare the house, and sell and get rid of all the things that they don’t want to take with them. The best part about this is you don’t have strangers coming in your home, they do almost all of this online so it’s not inconvenient to you, and they finish cleaning out the house when it’s complete.
So if you are thinking of downsizing, whether in the next few months or the next few years, reach out to us. We are having an event, in fact, THIS Friday, February 24th at 10AM, at Newberry Hall, where we’re talk about Downsizing Made Easy, 5 Easy Steps. The booklet we have is fantastic. It explains to you all the things you need to be considering. Checklists, people to be reaching out to, how to manage the move, and more. It’s a fabulous piece of material that we share with our clients to help make your life easier, so if you’re available this Friday at 10AM, come join us! We’ll be there an hour, hour and a half, to talk about what I’ve already mentioned, plus senior living options. So, give us a call, 803.278.1818 to reserve your spot, or click on the link below. And if you’re thinking about buying or selling anytime down the road, my team and I are on standby 7 days a week, 9AM to 8PM, ready to help you take the smoother road to sold.