When it's time to downsize you have to have nerves of steel.
You simply just need to LET THINGS GO!
If you are anything like us ( Boomers!) we have a huge home filled with things we've purchased, things others purchased and things we merged into our home from those who have passed away.
There comes a point when you have to say is it a NEED or a WANT?
Ask yourself. Do I really need this? Or do I just want it because so and so gave it to me? If it is the second then you need to ask yourself. Where will it live in the new home? Do I have room for it?
- So going through this process the most fun was placing and ad on Craigslist titled Calling it Curb Alert. FREE. " In the dark of night people would arrive and take the things they wanted. By morning all was gone."
- We also posted on our Community FACEBOOK Page ( these are typically closed groups of just neigbors) I put a price on each item and by the end of the weekend Dressers, Yard Equipments, and Decorator Items were all sold. Neighbors just called and came and picked things up.
- We also called a local Mission called His Hidden Treasures located in Manassas Virginia. They take donations of furniture, household items, bedding, glassware, lamps and artwork. They used these items to furnish homes for those who are transitioning from homeless shelters. One phone call to 703-966-9301 and the guys arrive with a truck. All you do is point and they carry out the items. It could not be easier. They also will haul away and junk for a price. All this helps them with their mission.
The biggest thing we learned in this process was this. Things that had value a decade or two ago, have very little value now. Things such as Cut Glass, Fine China, Antiques Wood Furniture, collectibles are only of value of the beholder.
We did some research before we decided to downsize. We went to Auction Houses on Saturday evenings in the local area. McDaniels Auction Center in Manassas was one. Oh my that was an eye opener! Just go in, get a ticket sit down and watch. You will most likely be deflated like we were. What had value, no longer does. I think so many Boomers are downsizing and purging these companies are drowning in stuff and the value is going down.
Personally I think the Internet is to blame for devaluing antique's. Twenty years ago, you only knew about friends who had an antique that you liked or a relative. Maybe you would see something in a local antique store. Now you can Google the item you want to value and you will find prices all across the board. It really depends on supply and demand. Right now...supply is plentiful so demand is low and prices are dirt cheap.
So my advice is this. If you think there is a move on the horizon. Start purging. Here is a good read for you. I saw this blog written by Jeff Fisher a Re/Max agent in Scottsdale Arizonia titled 100 Things You Should Throw Away Now. ( Pace Yourself! LOL!)
Next hear on over to Dr. Lori 's Aniques Appraisers You-Tube Channel. I have learned so much about what has value and what doesn't!
Are you curious what your home is worth today? Find out your home is worth
Are you thinking about downsizing? Just know that you are not alone. Baby Boomers are retiring and downsizing in record numbers.
Get started early. Design a plan, work your plan and purge daily until you are ready to list.
As always if you have a real estate question, feel free to give me a call 703-851-3085.