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How to Prepare for A Downsizing Move


illustration showing home downsizing

You've made the decision to move to a smaller home. Perhaps your family situation has changed, or your youngest child has (finally) found their own place. Downsizing at this point makes sense.


However, the financial and emotional toll of downsizing can be significant. Older people have to deal with sorting through a lifetime's worth of possessions, many of them precious and irreplaceable. Families with larger homes may have to wade through several rooms and - somehow - work out how to handle all the "stuff"!


Whatever your situation, we know that you've got your work cut out for you. We're here to help you turn this challenge into an adventure, and we're starting with creating a downsizing home checklist.


Let's simplify this process together.


1. Start Home Decluttering Early

The starting point for any downsizing venture? Decluttering. Can you really afford to bring all your possessions? Start sifting through your items early on and be ruthless - sell, donate, or recycle anything that doesn't bring you joy or fulfil a need.


2. Take Inventory of Your Belongings

After decluttering, you'll need to take inventory of what remains. Cataloguing your items will help you keep track of your belongings during the move and give you an idea of the space you'll need in your new home. It also serves to keep tabs on valuable items and those you can't do without.


3. Consider Furniture Measurements

Another critical step on your downsizing home checklist involves measuring your furniture. Make sure your favourite pieces will comfortably fit in your new home before the moving day to avoid any last-minute surprises.


4. Plan for Moving Storage

Sometimes, you may have items that you can't part with but won't fit in your new home. What do you do? Moving storage could be the solution.


Appleby Moving and Storage Inc. provides secure and accessible storage solutions for items you're not ready to let go of just yet.


5. Optimize Home Space

Don't let the fear of a smaller space deter you. Have you ever noticed how some smaller houses seem more spacious than larger homes? It's all about optimization!


By using multi-functional furniture and clever space-saving hacks, you can make your smaller house feel spacious and comfortable. Of course, decluttering before you move makes a world of difference.


6. Hire a Professional Moving Company

Managing a move alone can be exhausting. With a professional moving company, however, you can rest assured that your move will be handled with care and efficiency.


We have a team of experienced movers who are familiar with the Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton and surrounding areas, ensuring a seamless and stress-free move.


7. Plan for the Unexpected

While a well-planned downsizing home checklist can cover most bases, always be prepared for the unexpected. Keep your schedule flexible to address unforeseen circumstances and allow your move to go smoothly. Manage your expectations, and try not to get overly stressed about the small stuff.


Start Your Downsizing Home Checklist Now

Remember, downsizing isn't a downgrade - it's a lifestyle upgrade that can lead to a world of freedom and simplicity. With your downsizing home checklist and seasoned professionals by your side, the transition to a smaller home can be smooth and seamless.


Are you ready to take the leap into your cozy new abode? Contact Appleby Moving and Storage Inc. today to start your downsizing journey on the right foot!


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