Downsizing the Empty Nest: How to Have a Smooth Experience

Downsizing the Empty Nest: How to Have a Smooth Experience


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Once the kids have moved out, many people think about downsizing to a smaller home. There are several benefits to doing so, but there are important steps you’ll need to take to have the smoothest experience possible. Here’s what The Coffey Group Fine Homes International thinks you need to know.

Finding a new home

You have heard the old saying relating to real estate: location, location, location. That’s with good reason, since your environment weighs heavily in how happy you are with where you live. Picking the next place you’ll call home is a big part of the downsizing process, and you’ll need to be mindful of both the home and the area you choose. Think about what is important to you to help you prioritize your criteria. These articles will help you make a sound choice.

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Paring down your belongings

Editing a household that is loaded with memories can be a big undertaking, but having a smaller home means you won’t have as much space to store and display your belongings. An important step will be purging the belongings that no longer have room in your life. As a bonus, you can even have a garage sale to offload items in good condition to earn a little more money toward your moving budget. You could also share your edited items with those less fortunate by donating them to charities. Whatever direction you choose will leave you feeling great about your transition, and in a better position to make it.

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Preparing your current home for sale

There are many home improvements you can make that don’t cost much and don’t take a lot of time or skill. And the beauty of them is that if you choose well, they can improve the value of your home and make it more appealing to buyers. Keep in mind you should hire professionals for any major repairs that need to be made. Your real estate agent from the expert team at The Coffey Group Fine Homes International can help you identify where to splurge on pros in order to make your home more marketable.

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There are many benefits to downsizing your home once your kids have moved out. Think of this time as not only a rejuvenation of your home life, but also of your future. Figure out who and where you want to be in this next phase of your life, and go for it!

Article By: Suzie Wilson

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