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Thinking about Downsizing? Meet your 2 Best Allies.... Part 1 of 3

Posted by Nicholas Searle ot 08:42 AM

When thinking about downsizing getting professional help can save you a barrel full of money and keep frustration and uncertainty at bay. 

A good realtor and a good professional organizer can be your best allies. 

A good realtor will help you with critical decisions around your property’s value, realistic financial steps as to whether to rent, lease or buy your next home.  And of course, help you to acquire your new affordable dream home. 

A good professional organizer will help you edit, organize, arrange and remove belongings. In a nut shell a realtor deals with the fixed structure of the home while the organizer deals with the moveable contents of the home.

Downsizing can be overwhelming for those who have lived in one place for many years. However, it can be done with good planning and careful preparation. Your Real Estate agent can help you make a plan of action.

Before you sell consider if you will rent or buy:

This decision is unique for everyone, so surely seeking professional advice is essential. A first step really is to find out the market value of your existing property. You need to know the value of what is for most people their biggest investment – your home. Your Accountant may be able to tell you about the value of your investments and your financial picture, but, a Realtor is in the best position to estimate the market value. Licensed Realtors who know the local market can balance the art and science of appraisal. Realtors will generally provide a market value letter at no cost to the Seller.

Realtors can also tell you what your options might be in terms of the rental market (how much is the local rent and what do I get for that price) versus buying a home in the local market. Ask them for a pro-con analysis of rent versus buy and then decide on your plan. A good realtor also and perhaps most importantly  can help you find your ideal home within your budget. The realtor assesses your needs and home desires through careful questioning and listening, thoroughly researches the current market, takes you on many viewings to match you up as close to your dream home as you can afford. This is immense vale.  When you’ve found your new home, you will be in a better position to calculate how much of your current possessions can realistically be moved to the new place. 

Don’t panic ;)

Moving to a new home can be a grand opportunity to make a fresh start; to let go of things that have been cluttering your space and your life. 

A good professional organizer will help you declutter your home bringing their objectivity to help determine what stays and what goes.  Of course, it is an emotionally and physically taxing job.  A common question is, “Where will all of my extra household items go?”.  A resourceful organizer can offer community connections and options to consider. Your professional organizer will provide a streamlined and stress- free transition that will help you prioritize what you want to keep, give to friends and family or donate, the also will arrange for donation pick up and even help with consigning items. 

An organizer will help you make all of the difficult decisions about what to keep, sell, donate or trash, so that on moving day you are only taking with you the things you need, want and love.  This saves you money on moving expenses because if you are moving less stuff it costs you less money.

When you are thinking about downsizing find a Realtor and a Professional Organizer who ask you the right questions and listens to you. They will be your biggest allies when you make your next move. 


This Article is a collaboration with Brad & Cathy, Professional Organizers* at www.inandoutorganizing.ca   

*Members of Professional Organizers in Canada Association.


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