Is Right-sizing your New Year’s resolution? Perhaps you have recently experienced a significant event and now it feels like a good time to make a housing change that will help you simplify your surroundings and your life. Right-sizing is a process but it is often triggered by a specific event or series of events and making a carefully planned, intentional change, can help you focus on what matters most! Here are 4 things you should consider before making a change.
- What is your motivation?
Perhaps you need more space for children, extended family, or pets; or a different kind of space for horses, gardening, or your classic car collection; or you have too much space because your children have left the nest, you are divorced, or you want to split your time between 2 smaller homes traveling or living in a sunny place ½ of the year; or you just want or need to retire in a different location.
- What Information do you Need?
Change can often be overwhelming so it really helps to break a big decision into smaller ones and focus on just obtaining the data you need for the small decisions. How much will you make selling your home? How much do you need to buy your next home? Maybe you can remodel your space instead of having to move – learn your options so you can make informed decisions.
- What is stopping you?
Change can be stressful or it can be exhilarating – usually it depends on your attitude and the planning that goes into the change. Worried about the finances – learn the numbers that can help you make the decision and determine timing. Perhaps you don’t know what to do with all of your things… there are moving & estate sales professionals who can help you! Is it the memories & emotions – photograph the spaces where memories were made, talk to your family, keep items that are special, and be open to making new memories – again there are people who can help you with this.
- Who can help you make it happen?
There are many resources that can help you whether you need a little bit of help or a lot. There are high quality Real Estate Brokers, Financial Planners, Organizers, Estates Sales Professionals, Movers, Cleaners and other professionals that are ready to help you. They can help you determine your wants & needs, provide the data to make good decisions, and help you make the Right next move.
Real Estate Corner (Article published in the Woodinville Weekly 12/25/17 edition)