When is the Right Time to Downsize Your Home?

Blog,Estate Appraisal / September 10, 2018

From the time we begin working and starting a family, we slowly embark on the accumulation of possessions. As our needs and lifestyle change and as our families grow, so do our homes and our number of belongings.

At some point in time, every person or couple will have to decide on when it is time to downscale. Usually, what you know is right for you and what you want to do are not the same thing. It can be tough to determine and objectively decide on when the time is right to move to a smaller place and to start to get rid of all the bits and pieces that you have accumulated over the years.

Taking an honest look at what you own and what you need, can be difficult. As experienced professionals in the industry, we often see people who think that they can empty out a home and make all the necessary arrangements that go along with the downsizing, the selling of their possessions and the move into a new place all by themselves. Many times, people don’t realize how helpful an expert can be when it comes to:

  • Determining when to sort through all of their belongings,
  • Deciding on what needs to be sorted for distribution, sale or donation,
  • Making your mind up on whom the items need to be given to or which charity it needs to be donated to, and
  • All of the associated DIY and cleaning work that goes hand-in-hand with selling and moving into a new home.

If you are working with an estate and tag sale service, then you will need to make sure that your timing of all the above-mentioned tasks aligns with the timelines that your estate sales professional has in mind. A lot of planning goes into deciding what can be taken to your smaller home or apartment after having lived in a larger house for years or even decades.

Whether you want to downsize within the next six months or whether you are only planning to do so in a year or more, or whether you are simply starting to seriously consider your options, planning goes into the decision of which items should be kept and which should be sold, given away or donated to a charity.

Whatever you are proposing to do, Jerry’s Antiques and Estate Sales can help you.  We are located in Montclair, NJ, and serve all of New Jersey as well as parts of New York and Pennsylvania. Contact us for more information today.