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3 Tips for Downsizing to a New Home as an Empty Nester

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June 8, 2021

3 Tips for Downsizing to a New Home as an Empty Nester

As your kids move out and the paint begins to chip, that four-bedroom home you once never dreamt of leaving may begin to lose its luster. Deciding to downsize and leave the home you spent countless years in can bring a mix of emotions and stress. Use the tips below to help guide you through this transition and learn how to downsize smarter, not harder.

Finding Your New Home

Leaving the home your children grew up in is no easy task. All the memories made and years spent can make it feel like your feet are cemented to the very foundation of the home. Fortunately, this transition brings some unexpected benefits. According to recent studies by the Mayo Clinic, children leaving home can help reduce work and family conflict. 

Look for home features that will help make your new living situation as simple as possible—whether that means purchasing a new-build home with all new features or a move-in ready townhome or detached ranch condo.

Sell or Donate Unneeded Items Before the Move

After you've identified all items with sentimental value that you can't part with, take inventory of other household items that can be sold for extra moving cash. Whatever you aren't able to sell at a garage sale or online can be donated to a charitable organization. Research local nonprofits and see what items they're able to accept; some organizations may even arrange to pick up larger items, such as furniture, at your home.

Hire a Moving Company

Don't create additional stress or even potentially hurt yourself by attempting a DIY move. Research professional moving companies online and ask friends and family for recommendations so you can compare multiple quotes. If you're moving across state lines, make sure that your moving company is certified for interstate moves. Allow yourself time to find a mover you feel comfortable with; they are moving precious cargo after all.

With a variety of beautiful, comfortable homes developed throughout the Detroit area, Robertson Homes is the perfect partner to help you with your downsizing journey. Contact a sales counselor online or call (248) 505-0686 to start your next chapter.

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