downsizing

Thinking About Downsizing?

Each year more and more homeowners consider downsizing their domicile and with it comes an eventual clearing out of the old and a bringing in of the new. It makes sense as individuals get older to consider less space now that the kids have departed or retirement on a fixed income doesn’t leave a lot of extra money for high property taxes and all the rest. But the physical and psychological transition can be tough especially if you have accrued large amounts of toys, memorabilia, and items you just grew out of. Now what to do with all that stuff becomes a harsh reality and you might even consider boxing it up and taking it with you to the new home but do you really need it. Here are some helpful hints from one of North Carolina’s largest and most experienced moving companies, Tru-Pak Moving Systems on just what to consider when downsizing a home. We have been serving Tryon residents since 1960.

  1. Number one might be changing your mindset on what you want in the way of a home after the one you currently have has become a big empty space full of stuff. Downsizing is as much a state of mind as it is a physical reality according to Allyson Seigel, president of Tru-Pak Moving. “We help clients every day prepare for a life shift from large homes to smaller ones or condos where maintenance and other issues are reduced to someone else’s burden. But the transition is difficult in many cases and it is always better to remove, discard, donate or give away articles instead of moving them to a new location.”
  2. This is the decision tree on what to keep and what to eliminate. Sometimes it is easier to part with precious articles if you have a plan and know what you want to keep and what you don’t. Having beneficiaries to receive collectible articles can be a real blessing. Donating is also a chance to give someone maybe less fortunate something of value they can appreciate hopefully as much as you.
  3. Discarding broken or items in need of repair is probably a good idea and can usually be easily replaced if needed. And lastly, newly discovered articles that went missing years ago is probably a good indicator it is not something you need to keep any longer.
  4. Yard sales are also a chance to pick up a little extra non-taxable income and are a good resource for people searching for many items they will get use out of, where you have stopped.
  5. Duplicate items can now be identified and decided on like glassware, dishes, silverware, kitchen utensils, towels, bedsheets, or even on too many clothes of one kind or another.

The Moving Experience

If you have fewer items to pack, ship or transport by your mover it will cost you less money and stress in the long run. Storage will also be a problem in most downsizes and should be taken into consideration on just what you want to keep. The old mindset needs to change from boy, I want that, to use it or lose it if downsizing is being considered. A smaller home can be a blessing in many ways including less maintenance, fewer costs, less space to take care of, and maybe creating some better habits about what is important and what isn’t. Purging is difficult, but in most cases necessary, for all of the reasons mentioned above.

Tryon Moving Company Specialists

If you are in the process of downsizing your home and are in need of one of North Carolina’s most experienced and affordable moving companies, Tru-Pak Moving is ready and able to help. Give us a call at 800-659-1233 for a free moving consultation or estimate. We are a licensed, bonded, and insured independent agent for United Van Lines. Our website Tru-Pak.Com is a valuable resource for anyone considering moving across town, the state or the nation. We specialize in all types of local, long-distance, and military moving. For a residential, commercial, office, employee relocation, and change of duty station moves no one outperforms Tru-Pak Moving Systems.

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