RE/MAX Realtor Rick Wilson Delves into Downsizing

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Rick Wilson, of RE/MAX Alliance, lists his top five tips for downsizing, while simultaneously going green.

Rick Wilson

Downsizing and preparing to move can be a very stressful time. If you are an empty-nester moving into a smaller home or condo or a renter that’s moving into a smaller apartment, there are ways to lessen that stress.

“Downsizing and preparing to move can be a very stressful time,” said Rick Wilson, who has sold more than 550 homes during his career. “However, if you are an empty-nester moving into a smaller home or condo or a renter that’s moving into a smaller apartment, there are ways to lessen that stress.”

Whatever the reason for downsizing, one will inevitably have to give up some possessions. To help with the transition, Wilson offers the following five tips to meet the challenge of creating a new living space head on.

No. 1: Make a list. “First off, you should always write a list of the items you simply cannot or will not live without,” said Wilson. “Doing this will make it easier to rid yourself of the items you are on the fence about or never really cared about. However, always be reasonable and take into consideration what will and will not fit into your new living space.”

No. 2: Know the new space. Get a feel for the size of a new space, suggests Wilson, by comparing it to rooms of equal or similar dimension in the former home. If a former bedroom is of a similar size to the new bedroom, there’s not much to consider. Conversely, if a new living room is approximately half the size as the old one, one will most likely need to get rid of that extra sofa or chair, among other items.

No. 3: Subdue sentimentality. “Some possessions you just can’t bring yourself to leave behind,” said Wilson. “However, there are others that might only be sentimental to certain degrees but are simultaneously unnecessary.” Wilson stresses starting with kitchen items. Nobody really needs two sets of steak knives, for example, or a dozen mixing bowls of various colors. And when moving into a home that doesn’t have a garage or a very small one, it is time to rid oneself of items such as extra ladders or anything else not needed or of use anymore.

No. 4: Have a garage sale. The simplest way to get rid of those unnecessary items is to have a garage sale. This not only saves the trouble of having to pack things up for storage but puts money in one’s pocket.

No. 5: Go green. “For any items you could not sell or don’t want to store, this is a golden opportunity to go green and help the environment or a person in need,” said Wilson. “Almost anything can be recycled, reused or donated instead of being discarded. Just like you have found a new home, so can your old possessions.”

About Rick Wilson, RE/MAX Alliance
Rick Wilson has been with RE/MAX Alliance for twenty years, specializing in residential real estate, relocation, short sales, and first-time homebuyers. In addition to Parker, Rick focuses on Castle Rock, Franktown, Elizabeth, Lone Tree and Highlands Ranch, CO. His office is located at 18551 E. Main Street, Suite 2A, Parker, CO 80134. For more information, please call (303) 805-7425.

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