Common Questions When Downsizing Your Home

By Jennifer Wong, Owner, Principal Broker

Living in the DC Metro area and looking to downsize your home? You’re not alone. The key to selling your home is being prepared. Here are some common questions you may have when it comes to downsizing your home.

1. What should I do
about repairs/renovations?

Before you start knocking down walls, assess what projects are going to help the value of your home and don’t start any projects until you speak with a real estate professional. They can help you prioritize repairs and renovations when it comes to selling your home, so you get the most for your money.

2. How do I begin
the decluttering process?

Cleaning out your home can be daunting at any time, but especially when you’re looking to downsize. There are a variety of ways to de-clutter your home. A great starting point is going through each room and deciding what to keep, what to give to family, and what to donate. This way you’ll be ready for a fresh start in your new home.

3. How do I make
my home attractive to buyers?

Think about all the memories you have in your home. Your buyers want the same thing. The act of staging your home allows potential buyers to envision their lives in your home. A realtor can help you find a staging expert to assist in making your home warm and welcoming to home buyers.

4. Are mail/TV offers
to sell worth it?

Beware of mail or TV ads that sound too good to be true. There are many companies who are interested in taking advantage of seniors looking to downsize their homes. Ensure that you’re working with a trusted, reputable real estate professional who has your best interest in mind.

5. I’m ready to sell, where do I start?

You’ve decided to sell and you’re ready to downsize, but now what? It’s time to contact a realtor.  Contacting a realtor that specializes helping seniors make this transition can make all the difference in the world.

Select a realtor who has experience in this market. And, if they make you feel like part of the family, rather just a customer, then you’ve probably hit on the right fit for you.