I’ve always purchased homes as investments, so there was never an emotional attachment. However, letting go of a house, you built or grew up in with wonderful memories can be a lot to consider. Collecting furniture, art, antiques, and decorative accessories was a fun hobby, but this was the right time to sell my current house and downsize, so I didn’t hesitate to throw myself into the project.
The right timing and reasons will be different for each person. My purpose was to attempt to get the best price for the home. Additionally, I wanted to make decisions about each step in the process and not wait until I was no longer physically or mentally healthy enough to implement my plans. Being trapped in a place because of attachments to my possessions is not freedom, and it is not how I want to live in my final years.
My first step involved careful planning, as I separated the significant tasks by priority. Of course, my top priority was to hire the best realtor in my area to help me navigate the legalities and marketing. So, I turned to a good friend whom I trust implicitly. Thank you, Sam Taylor (The Property Experts), for securing three offers within two days of listing my home on MLS. You are indeed an inspiration in many areas of life.
After the sale, I needed a place to store the things I would keep. So, I rented a large climate-controlled storage unit and moved my wardrobe and some household and decorative items. I have been cleaning, moving, and restaging as I work so that the house remains tidy and presentable at all times for showings.
It took three days for me to empty the attic! I had more than fifty years of memories to sort through, give away, or toss. Even though I have moved too many times to count in my life, somehow, I managed to hold on to mementos from early childhood and throughout my various careers. I had enough stuff to break the garbage truck. I have done all the sorting, lifting, moving, and cleaning myself. (Which is proving to be a way to lose five pounds fast!) I made sure my insurance covered my possessions no matter where they were. (Thank you, Andrew! (Veritas Insurance)
Next, I needed a safe place to remain in this area until ready to begin my next chapter. The rental options were minuscule, and none were desirable because of the tight real estate market. Thank you, Mr. Mickey, for renting your extra bedroom and bath to me. You will always be my hero!