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Downsize Your Home for These Major Benefits

Young woman looking at a photo frame at new house.Downsizing is a popular trend amongst adults looking to simplify their lives. Whether you want to save money, reduce stress, or eliminate clutter, downsizing can help. However, you’ll need to take specific steps to make the process go smoothly. Here are some tips for how to downsize, along with the benefits of doing so.


Sort Your Belongings and Declutter

One of the first steps in downsizing is sorting through your belongings. This involves deciding what items you need, what things you want to keep, and what items you can sell or donate. Not only does this process help you pare down your belongings, but it can also be a cathartic process. It can be an emotional job, too, so you might ask a friend or loved one to help and give support.


Bring Only What’s Necessary

Consider how your lifestyle will change once you have downsized when selecting which items you want to keep and which ones you want to discard or donate. For example, moving from a large home into an apartment with less storage space only keep essential or meaningful items. Having fewer items around the house can also boost your safety regarding falls and other accidents if you’re a senior.


Look at Online Real Estate Listings

Real estate agent showing house to senior clientOnce you’ve sorted your belongings, it’s time to start looking for a new place to live. Depending on your needs and budget, this could be an apartment or a smaller house. When searching online listings for apartments, ensure they include features that matter most to you, such as ample parking or an elevator that makes bringing in groceries easier. This is especially important for older adults.

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Make Sure Your Furniture Will Fit

After selecting a suitable space, you must ensure the furniture you plan to bring will fit. You can start by measuring each piece, taking notes on which will work best in the new place. This will ensure that everything is manageable when it comes time to move in. If you have large items that won’t fit but can’t bear to part with them, consider passing them along to a loved one so they can stay in the family.


Invest in a Home Warranty

Home Insurance. Risk ProtectionIf you plan on buying a smaller home instead of renting an apartment, consider purchasing a home warranty plan to supplement your homeowners’ insurance policy. This will provide extra protection against unexpected repair costs should any problems arise. The average homeowner’s policy only covers theft, injuries, and damage to the structure. In contrast, a home warranty covers significant home systems, giving you peace of mind regarding costly repairs to your heating and air or plumbing systems.



Downsizing can be an emotional process, especially if it’s coming after a significant change in your life. Get support from loved ones, which can help alleviate stress or anxiety. Investing in a home warranty to protect against expensive repairs is also a good idea, so please read up on your policy options to get an idea of which one will be the best fit.

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