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The Senior-Friendly Guide to Downsizing Your Home

Guest blog by Andrea Needham from eldersday.org.

There are a lot of reasons to downsize in your golden years. Whether you want to move closer to family, relocate to a more attractive retirement destination, or just find a home better suited to your budget and lifestyle, downsizing can help you achieve your goals.

Before you can reap the benefits of a downsized home, you need to prepare your home to sell, determine what you need from a downsized home, and plan your move. It’s a lot to accomplish, but these resources can help.


Setting a Price for Your Home

How to price your home to get the highest offer.

How to run home comps and why they matter.


Fixing Up Your Home to Sell — Or Not

The most important things to repair before selling a house.

5 most profitable home improvements you should make before selling your home.

You can sell a fixer-upper as is, but should you?


Hiring Pros for Your Big Move

How to interview a prospective agent to sell your home.

Home staging: What it costs and if it’s worth it.

Does it make financial sense to hire a cleaning service?

How much do movers cost?


Deciding Where to Move

Figure out how much house you can afford.

How to buy a senior-friendly home.

5 senior living alternatives: Finding a home that fits your lifestyle.

Downsizing to a condo: pros and cons.


Budgeting for a New Home

5 steps to buying a home that won’t bust your budget.

How to get a mortgage once you are retired.

Mortgage assistance programs for veterans.

Fit Medicare plans into your budget.


Packing Up the House

How to downsize: 13 tips to help you declutter.

Moving tips and tricks.

16 best books about downsizing and decluttering your life.

Moving is never easy, but with these tips, your downsize will be as close to a stress-free move as it gets! If you need more help downsizing for your golden years, connect with local experts who can help make your downsizing dreams a reality.

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