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Downsizing: Tips For Those Moving Into Smaller Homes

When you're about to move, it helps to consider the relative sizes of the home you're moving out of and the one you're moving into. This can help guide your moving approach. More specifically, if you're downsizing as a part of your move, you're going to need a somewhat different approach than if you were moving into a larger house. So, here are some tips to help you through a downsizing move.

Get rid of extra items before you pack

Moving is a great time to get rid of the extra things you do not need or use. If you were moving into a larger home, you could just pack everything up and sort out your unneeded things after the move. But when you're downsizing, there probably won't be room for these things in your new home, even if they're only there for a few weeks. So, you really should sort through things and then sell or donate your extras prior to packing. This way, you'll move into your new home with a reasonable number of things that actually fit in the space.

Don't neglect to hire movers

When you're moving into a smaller home with fewer things, you might assume you can do it yourself or with the help of a few friends. This may be possible — but hiring a moving company is still a better option. When you hire movers, they'll be better at fitting furniture in through smaller hallways, packing items efficiently, and driving a moving truck. If you can afford to hire a moving company, it's worth it, even when you're downsizing.

Measure everything

Looks can be deceiving. A couch may look small in your current home, but it may only appear so because of its size relative to the surroundings. You don't want to transport that couch all of the way to your new, smaller home, only to find it does not fit. So, measure all of your furniture before moving, even if you think the furniture will fit. Measure all of the doorways in your new place, too. It doesn't matter whether a couch can fit through the front door if it can't also fit through the door leading to your living room.

Moving into a smaller home can be a good way to reduce your bills and create a more efficient lifestyle. The move itself can go smoothly, too, so long as you follow the tips above. Call a residential moving company if you need some helping hands.