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How to Prepare Your Home for Downsizing

If you’re considering a move into an active retirement living retirement community, the final step before shifting into this new, exciting chapter of your life is to prepare your home for sale and downsizing. While it’s not a feat that can be done in a day, you don’t need to feel overwhelmed – coming up with a plan will allow you to make the move smooth and stress-free! To make it even easier, we’ve put together a guide to use as your starting point. Here are several tips and tricks to help you plan. 

Ensure Appliances Are Functioning Properly

Having appliances included when selling your house – especially appliances in tip-top working condition – are a huge selling point. Alternatively, attempting to sell a house with appliances that aren’t working can be challenging. Test your appliances to make sure everything is functioning as it should.

Declutter Your Belongings

Decluttering is beneficial in so many ways. Not only is it therapeutic to lighten the load of belongings that have undoubtedly built up over the years, but it can make your move that much easier when you do downsize. Plus, it will make your home more desirable to potential buyers if you plan to have an open house.

Prioritize Curb Appeal

Don’t forget about the outside of your home! This is the first thing potential buyers will see, you’ll want it to exude curb appeal, so prepare by handling any external fixes needed. It’s a great time to tackle any to-do items you may have been putting off, such as repairing shutters, applying a fresh coat of paint, or cleaning up the yard and landscaping.

Small Updates Can Increase Value

If you are planning to move in the near future, it’s best not to put a ton of money into the home you are about to sell. That said, making smaller, inexpensive upgrades can be a wonderful way to increase value in your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers. Even something as minor as new hardware will show that a little can go a long way!

Take Professional Photos

There’s no better way to show off what a beautiful home you have than with high-quality interior and exterior photos! Have a knack for photography? Test your hand at taking the photos yourself for a fun side project! If you’re unsure, leave it to the professionals to photograph your home in the best possible way.

Contact OceanView at Falmouth

If you’re thinking about selling your home and downsizing, don’t stress! The tips above will help you prepare you move forward with this exciting new chapter of your life as you prepare to move into an active retirement living community.

At OceanView by Falmouth, our retirement community offers cottages and apartments as unique as the residents that live in them. Each home is designed to promote an active, bustling lifestyle while making your day-to-day as easy and enjoyable as possible. Leave behind the stresses of home ownership, such as maintenance, upkeep and expensive upgrades, with peace of mind for the future. OceanView is truly retirement living for the 21st century! To learn more about our wonderful independent living community, please contact us today!