Tips for Downsizing

Monday Aug 10th, 2020


Tips for Downsizing- Dowsize with Your Ottawa Property Gals


For many homeowners, the need for things such as multiple bedrooms diminishes as you look to retirement. If you decide to sell your family-sized home to purchase something smaller, you will inevitably have to get rid of some furniture and other belongings. To help ease the stress of giving up some of your cherished items, here are a few tips to keep you on track.

Figure out your next move first before you post your treasured dining room set on Kijiji. Perhaps your new two- bedroom condo has a spacious dining room. When you know exactly where it is you're moving to and the exact room dimensions, you can sell or give away any big items that won't fit your new space.

At the same time, don't leave everything to the last minute! Get a headstart on downsizing as soon as you buy your new home. Spend an hour or two each day going through the rooms for your current home, organizing and packing things up as you go. Carry a big box around with you for items you have no trouble parting with, at the end of the week you can offer the items to family or friends and make a run to charity to get rid of what's left. 

Purge any items you don't use. When you're trying to decide if you should bring that bulky food processor or toaster oven to your new kitchen, think about how much use it's gotten over the past year. If it's only once or twice, chances are you can pass it on to someone else without missing it. Lastly, make some money! It's so easy these days to sell used items. From kitchen applicances to furniture, there's someone out there who will gladyl purchase your castaways. 

Following these steps can help ease the stress during what can be a hectic time. By planning ahead and giving yourself enough time to purge your current home, you should feel less stress in the long run! Ask us for our Moving List plus our list of utility companies you may need to contact. Simply send us an email to

If you don't think you can manage this on your own or are feeling overwhelmed, we can help! We have companies such as Second Set of Hands and Capital Junk that can help you with purging, organizing, packing and getting rid of items. 

Thinking about selling your Family Home? Contact us for your FREE Home Evaluation and how we can get you the most $$$ in the least amount of time with the least amount of stress. We are always happy to help! Get your copy of our FREE E-Book Downsizing Your Home.

Sonya & Lori, Your Ottawa Property Gals



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