After years of homes growing larger and larger, Americans are showing a preference for smaller homes. Not only is the average new home size shrinking, but more and more buyers are saying they want to go even smaller. While largely motivated by cost savings, downsizing homeowners also look forward to the convenience of a compact home.
However, while downsized homes promise simplicity, the switch is anything but. Homeowners face a daunting list of things to do when cutting their square footage. From preparing a home for sale to offloading unwanted stuff, these are the resources downsizers need to get it done.
General Downsizing Resources
No one would argue that downsizing is a simple process for anyone, but many would likely agree there are ways to make it a lot less challenging. By using modern technology to your advantage, you can reduce stress and save yourself time. Learn how below.
13 Apps to Help You Move
Useful apps to help streamline each part of the moving process.
The Best Apps and Sites for Selling Your Stuff
Declutter your home (and sell your old things) before putting your home on the market.
8 Best Local Selling Apps to Sell Your Stuff Quickly
Local selling apps that have made it simple to sell and buy stuff right in your neighborhood.
5 Steps to Prepare Your House for Sale
Want to sell your home for the best price? By using a checklist, creating a timeline and setting up calendar reminders, you can help make that happen.
Take Real Estate Photos Worthy of a Magazine Spread
The resource teaches you ways to ensure the photos of your home encourage potential buyers.
How to Sell Your House Online
Online visibility for your property is key since that’s the first place buyers look. There are different options available to you — learn those here.
Senior-Specific Selling Resources
The downsizing process for seniors presents unique challenges physically and emotionally. Below are several resources specific to seniors to help ease the moving process.
How to Make Moving Easier for Seniors
Steps to approach the moving process with sensitivity to ease the emotional tension involved.
How Technology Can Help Seniors
Some seniors embrace technology, others may run from it. Either way, technology can help during the move — plus, it can have many other benefits as well.
Relocation Technology: How the Modern Moving Process Works for You
A guide to how modern technology can make the tasks involved with moving more of a minor inconvenience rather than a massive hurdle.
Best Cell Phones, Plans, and Accessories for Seniors
When purchasing or upgrading technology for your senior, first find the phones, plans, and accessories that are best suited.
6 Survival Tips for Moving Your Elderly Loved One
Moving a senior loved one across the country into a new home or transitioning him or her to a senior living community is tough. Learn ways to ensure the transition goes smoothly while tending to their health, finances, and logistics.
These resources will get a move started on the right foot, but there’s one more challenge downsizing homeowners face: buying a home. While most buyers prefer a home around 2,000 square feet, the typical new home still averages more than 25 percent larger. That leaves a lot of buyers competing for a limited stock of smaller, more affordable homes. Rather than navigate the competitive housing market alone, downsizing homebuyers should seek a real estate agent with the expertise to get them into a right-sized home at the right price.