Are You Dreaming of Downsizing?
At Home Transition Pros, we want your downsizing project to go as smoothly as possible. That’s why we’ve put together Free Downsizing Plans to help you get started. With a solid plan in place, you can enjoy the flexibility to complete the work you can do yourself and have more options (and less stress!) when it’s time to bring in some professional help.
How Long Does It Take to Downsize?
For most people, the decision to downsize a home evolves over time, as priorities change and new opportunities emerge. It can sometimes take years to determine the next move and work up the enthusiasm to take the plunge. If you feel a home transition is in your future, it’s a good idea to take control of your belongings sooner than later.
Even if you don’t know where you’re going, planning ahead for your eventual move can be a therapeutic part of the process, allowing you to:
- Take time to relive your memories.
- Make deliberate decisions about your belongings.
- Enjoy a simplified lifestyle in your current home.
For larger homes and estates, the relocation experts and Senior Move Managers® at Home Transition Pros recommend that people start as early as possible to downsize many years of belongings, art, furniture, collections, family heirlooms, and more.
With a little planning and dedicated time to completing the tasks on your to-do list, you can successfully complete a great deal of the sorting, purging, and hauling that will be necessary to considerably reduce your belongings.
However, as with many things in life, an unexpected or life-changing event can make downsizing more difficult, especially when there are time constraints.
Many people find that while two years is a luxury, a one-year downsizing plan is more of the norm. It’s difficult for busy people to fit in the extra time required to sort through their belongings.
At the minimum, we recommend that empty nesters and older adults plan on spending at least 6 months to complete a “voluntary” downsizing move. If you need to move in six months or less, you’ll definitely need a solid plan and a commitment to dedicating a substantial amount of time each week to reach your goals.
Regardless of your timeline, it helps to have a general guide, order of operations, and sample to-do list. Get all of the details when you download one of our detailed Free Downsizing Plans.
When There’s No Time to Plan
Of course, there are times in life when we don’t have the luxury of planning at all. In these cases, you’ll benefit from an experienced project manager to help you navigate the process and minimize trauma. Read our pro tips for Downsizing in a Hurry, and Get in touch right away so we can expedite a transition specialist to step in immediately.