At MarketPro, we often work with retirees who are downsizing to a smaller home after retirement. Now that their kids have moved out and they’re no longer working full time, they’re free to live a different lifestyle—whether that means moving to a beachside residence, traveling the country, or taking more time for their hobbies. In any case, these retirees are looking to avoid the extra maintenance (and extra costs!) of having a home that’s too large for their needs.

These days, people of all ages are interested in downsizing. Bigger homes aren’t always better, and in recent years, it seems that lots of people are realizing this. Maybe you’re not a retiree at all, you’re just looking to move to a smaller home or apartment. In any case, here’s what we’ve learned in our years helping people sell their homes and move. Read on to learn how to downsize to a smaller home without the struggle!

Start Early

If you know you’re going to be downsizing in the next few years or months, start going through your belongings right away. Unless you’re already a hardcore minimalist, you’re going to have to get rid of stuff if you’re going to be living in a space with smaller square footage. The earlier you start sorting through your belongings, the better. Figure out what you need to keep and what you’re willing to part with. You don’t have to devote a ton of time right away, just take it little by little. This way, it’s much less stressful!

Sell Larger Items

There are so many ways to unload the things you no longer need. Are you Internet-savvy? Try selling things on your local Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. These websites are best for selling larger things like furniture, appliances, or yard equipment. While you can certainly sell smaller items (like clothes, décor items, etc.) it might not be worth the time and effort. However, it’s up to you, and it all depends on how much time and energy you’re willing to put into it. The more money you make, the more you’ll have to spend on your new downsized lifestyle!

Take Advantage of a Cleanup Service

Maybe you read the last few paragraphs and thought “Man, that sounds like a lot of work!” If so, you’re not alone. After you’ve figured out what you do want to keep, it can be a hassle to get rid of the rest. Sometimes, the extra cash you get from selling stuff just isn’t worth it. That’s why cleanup services exist! You can hire one on your own. Or, if you go with a homebuying service like MarketPro, you can simply leave behind what you don’t want and they’ll take care of everything. That’s right—when you sell your home to MarketPro Homebuyers, you don’t have to move anything you don’t want. Just leave it right where it is. It couldn’t be easier, and this service comes free of charge when MarketPro Homebuyers purchases your home!

Do you want to sell your house in Washington DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia Metro Area? No matter your reasons for selling, we can help! Send us a message, or give our office a call today!