Help with downsizing household

Real Estate Agent with Metro Brokers, The Petrelli Team

If you are thinking of moving into a smaller home because you are an empty nester or just ready for an easier lifestyle with less home maintenance and perhaps also less expense.  The thought of downsizing your household accumulation can be very overwhelming.  I have experienced this myself and also seen others ready to throw in the towel before they start or get stuck in the process and want to give up.  It can also cause marital and family disputes because everyone has a different opinion about what should be saved or purged.  

Fortunately, there are companies and individuals that specialize in assisting with this process.

The Denver Post published an article describing the professional agencies and companies that specialize in helping seniors downsize,  They discuss the national professional organization for downsizing movers and provide the following quote from one of the organization's representatives:

"After working with this population for a decade, Mary Kay Buysse of the National Association of Senior Move Managers offers these insights and pointers for making senior moves go more smoothly.

Bring in an outsider. Parents, no matter how old, will always see their children as children. When the adult child takes control, that upsets the equilibrium. “It can get messy,” said Buysse. Couples often resort to blaming each other for the excess. Having an unrelated, objective party helps a lot.

It gets easier. Start with the easiest places, said Buysse. Clear out the basement, the garage and the kids’ bedrooms. Over time, you get desensitized to the downsizing process, meaning it gets easier.

Attitude is everything. Moves to downsize are easier when seniors choose to move, rather than when the move chooses them, which happens when they become too frail, have an accident, lose a spouse who made independent living possible, or start having cognitive issues."

There are local agencies here in the Denver area that are great resources and I and can assist you with finding one that will work for you.

Dee Maas, Broker






Comments (11)

Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Dee Maas, Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first blog post. This is a great place to meet and interact with awesome professionals. This is a good market niche to work.

Aug 31, 2017 06:51 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Downsizing can be difficult for many. Making decisions on what to eliminate, or not, can be tough!

Welcome to ActiveRain!

Sep 01, 2017 04:12 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dee Maas welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on successfully posting your first blog on this site.

Sep 01, 2017 03:18 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Welcome to Activerain and congratulations on your first AR blog post. Blogging will enhance the visibility of your business.

Sep 01, 2017 07:54 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Welcome to ActiveRain, Dee Maas.

This is The Best place to learn, share and build relationships with like-minded professionals.

Sep 01, 2017 09:57 PM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Thanks for sharing an article on downsizing from Denver Post. Dee Maas.

(Well, I am in that!)

Sep 01, 2017 09:58 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Good luck in achieving your goals on active rain 

Sep 02, 2017 02:32 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Many of my SOI are at this point in life and will soon be selling the McMansion !

Sep 02, 2017 06:11 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You've come to the right place to show off your knowledge or learn new ideas and tactics. I would like to welcome you to ActiveRain Dee Maas. My wife and I just did this and it wasn't easy. I really encourage you to keep blogging.

Sep 02, 2017 04:24 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks Dee, this is a common issue that we see often in our market and I am sure it is common for others as well.



Sep 19, 2017 10:46 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Sep 19, 2017 10:46 PM