Are your cabinets overflowing? Attic filled with boxes? Decluttering may be a necessary task prior to downsizing and/or relocating in your retirement years. Know that downsizing can be an emotional experience and it is best done with a positive outlook and focus on the future. If the term downsizing bothers you, think of the process as clearing or cleansing instead. Focus on needs versus wants. Purge only what you don’t NEED. Go with a four-pile approach – keep, sell, give away, and throw away.
There is a lot to accomplish when moving with your cat or dog. Even if you are a seasoned mover, relocating with pets involves a different set of challenges. As you undertake the journey of packing up your home and moving to a new one, remember that animals pick up on your state of mind. So be as relaxed as possible throughout the process. Cats, specifically, don’t adapt well to change, they thrive on constancy.
First impressions are important so you want to emphasize your home’s best features when your house goes on the market. In a recent Real Estate Staging Association study, it was found that homes staged prior to being listed spent 90% less time on the market than those homes not staged. Staging is nothing more than making your home inviting to the largest number of potential buyers possible.