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How to Downsize Your Home

Springpoint Makes Downsizing for Seniors Easy

Moving to a senior living community takes time, energy, and plenty of planning. Although downsizing may seem overwhelming, doing so can help declutter your life and empower you to make important decisions for your future. 

Resident Karen Bokert found that the move to Crestwood Manor wasn’t as difficult or chaotic as she thought it might be. She shared, “The move itself, with the help of Springpoint representatives, was wonderful.” This post explores just a few of our best tips for senior downsizing, so that you can confidently enter the next chapter of your life with peace of mind.

Four Things to Keep in Mind When Downsizing Your Home

Downsizing holds significant importance for seniors as they transition into the next phase of their lives. It offers numerous benefits, including enhanced mobility, reduced maintenance responsibilities, and improved financial security. By downsizing, older adults can streamline their living spaces, making them more manageable and accessible, which is particularly crucial as physical abilities may change as we age. 

Downsizing also eliminates clutter and unnecessary possessions, creating a more comfortable and stress-free environment. Moreover, it can free up equity tied to a larger home, providing financial resources for retirement or other care needs. Emotionally, downsizing allows seniors to focus on cherished possessions and experiences rather than the burden of maintaining a large property. And overall, downsizing empowers seniors to live more comfortably, safely, and independently as they embrace the next chapter of their lives. See below for Springpoint senior living’s best downsizing tips:

  1. 1. Keep What Is Most Important: When going through your belongings, ask yourself, “What is the most important to me?” By asking this question, you’re able to narrow down your possessions to those that have the most meaning which will ultimately help remove clutter. Removing clutter means more room to fill your new home with meaningful, beloved items. 
  2. 2. Create a Plan for Unwanted Items: While downsizing, having a set plan for dealing with belongings that are no longer wanted or needed is a great tip that will reduce stress and worry. Ask family members if there is anything they would like you to pass on to them, and call local charities to see what you can donate to an honorable cause.
  3. 3. Organize Your Boxes: Perhaps one of the greatest tips when moving is to clearly label boxes. This way, when you are moving into your new residence, you’ll know exactly the contents of each box and what room it should go in. Those who are helping you move will know exactly where to unload.While organizing, be sure to also pack a box with necessities for your first night. This way, after a long day of hauling boxes and furniture, you’ll have everything you need to appreciate the initial night in your new home and save the unpacking for the next day.
  4. 4. Enjoy the Process: Finding a new home and making it your own is an exciting opportunity. It’s always hard to say goodbye to a home where so many memories have been made, but with outside support from loved ones and experts at Crestwood Manor, the positives will shine through as you take on this new adventure.

Is Now a Good Time to Downsize Your Home?

The real estate market in New Jersey is currently buzzing with activity, making it an opportune time for homeowners to consider downsizing and selling their houses. With demand outpacing supply, properties are fetching top dollar, attracting eager buyers looking to invest in homes across the state. 

Several factors have contributed to the increased demand in the market, including: 

  • An influx of potential buyers seeking more space as remote work becomes prevalent
  • New Jersey’s proximity to major metropolitan areas like New York City

Downsizing for seniors presents an attractive option for homeowners looking to capitalize on the market’s momentum. Selling a house now allows seniors to unlock equity, streamline their lifestyles, and potentially save on maintenance and property taxes. Additionally, downsizing can offer newfound financial flexibility and the opportunity to transition to a more manageable living situation in a senior living community. In the current New Jersey real estate landscape, seizing the moment to downsize and sell represents a strategic move for homeowners looking to capitalize on the market’s vigor while ensuring a smoother transition into the next phase of their lives.

Learn How the Experts at Crestwood Manor Can Help You Downsize Your Home

Along with these tips, experts are available to help you at Crestwood Manor through our Move Ahead program. This program offers a variety of services to make your transition into the community as simple as possible. From staging your home to packing your belongings and creating a floor plan for your new residence, we’re with you every step of the way. That’s just one way we’re committed to serving you and offering the services you want to live your best life. Contact us today to learn more and get started with a complimentary home visit.

Independent Living at Crestwood Manor

Located in the heart of Ocean County, Crestwood Manor lets you get more out of life while living in the moment. A huge part comes from the confidence of knowing that, should you ever need it, a full continuum of care is available. From independent living to rehabilitation and skilled nursing, our care services go beyond others, offering a continuum of care for life’s unexpected changes. Contact us today with any questions you might have or, even better, come to see for yourself.

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