We all have different reasons for seeking a smaller space to call home. Individuals could be motivated by finance, by location, by the desire to have less maintenance, or a recent change in their life. Whatever it is that’s tugging at your brain, the journey to downsizing can be well worth it in the right circumstances.
As with many things, the toughest part can be getting started. That’s why we’ve compiled this short guide to downsizing 101. Here’s what you need to know to get the ball rolling. The next step would be contacting our team, of course! Keep reading to learn more.
Take inventory of your current living situation.
As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, everyone has their own reason for doing things. It’s important to recognize your own personal “why.” What is motivating you to move on from your current living situation? Take time to go through all the “what ifs” and explore all the reservations you may be having. Downsizing can be a huge change, especially if you are planning on moving from a large house to a cozy apartment. There is no room for any regrets.
Understand the boundaries of your budget.
You didn’t think we’d make a list like this without mentioning budget, did you? Budgeting is a crucial component to consider whenever it comes to moving. Oftentimes, choosing to downsize can be a smart move to save some money — but it’s important to know just how far that money will go.
Have a location (or several locations) in mind.
Where do you want to go? Do you want to stay close to where you are currently, or try out a brand-new neighborhood? Do your research and be sure to ask others for their opinion as well. Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but it can be nice to know about details you may miss through your own search engine attempts. Make a short list of places that stand out to you the most, and don’t forget to include their cost of living.
Know which amenities matter to you.
If you’re considering making the move to an apartment building, don’t forget about potential amenities! All buildings have different benefits, from in-unit laundry machines to fitness rooms to extra closet space! There is truly something for every kind of person out there, all it takes is giving yourself some allotted time to comb through the details — and knowing what you would and wouldn’t use if it were available to you!
Get knowledgeable on square footage.
Square footage as a concept can sometimes be difficult to visualize. When looking into square footage, it can help to keep in mind the amount of square footage you have at the current moment. How much of it do you really use? How much could you afford to do without? Instead of trying to visualize the square footage itself, it can be helpful to visualize yourself existing in a smaller space and what that would look like. How well would it serve your needs?
You can’t get answers if you don’t ask questions. When it’s time to downsize, contact G&H Properties to explore the right rental option for you!