By Greg Reeves
Moving can be difficult and stressful for anyone. We first moved out of our homes for college or that first job or the military. I’ll never forget moving out of my parents house for the first time and walking into my college dorm room. I was surrounded by my friends and teammates but that night, I’ll be honest, I did miss my bed.
At some point, we all may have to help our parents move out of their home. Sadly, mom and/or dad cannot climb the stairs anymore or keep up with the property and with all of the kids out of the house, mom and/or dad simply have no need of the large house any longer. Or, if tragedy strikes and the couple gets divorced or one or other passes away, then the individual may not even want to be in the same house. A downsize may be needed to ensure his/her happiness.
There are many tips to downsizing and, without sounding too modest, I have plenty of experience in the industry and certainly know the right people. I make this process as painless as possible not only for you but for everyone involved.
However, here are some tips I have learned over the years:
- Do not tackle the entire house in one sitting. This will drive you crazy and is almost impossible because you will be feeling a flood of emotions. You need a third party and an experienced team of professionals.
- When downsizing, you should make 3 piles: “Keep,” “Throw Away,” “Donate.” Keep the very important belongings that you simply couldn’t imagine being without. Throw Away the items that you haven’t touched in a long time. Honestly, no one would care if these were missing. This is especially the case for damaged or broken items. Or…Donate any item to charity or some other non-profit. The Athens Habitat, I am sure, could use your unwanted items and all of the money goes to a good cause. Remember “OHIO.” Only Handle It Once. Make a decision and move on.
- Use new space as a guide. For example, if you are moving from a large home to a small condominium then take a look at your new closet space. Obviously, there will be a difference. The Condo cannot simply hold everything the house holds.
- If you have high value items, consider getting them appraised. Lucky for you, I also own a local Pawn Shop and have tons of experience evaluating all kinds of items from boutiques, antiques, to jewelry. If I don’t know the value of the item then I will do the research for you and give you an honest assessment. I may even quote you a price and offer to buy your high value item. Who knows? Perhaps in your downsizing you come across a painting or a necklace that you never knew you owned but could lead to you paying off some debt or taking a much needed vacation.
In the end, downsizing can be stressful and difficult. I highly suggest calling in a professional. I have more than 30 years in the industry.
Greg Reeves, Athens native and standout quarterback, remains on several boards and has been very active throughout his career working on legislation protecting consumers while helping business grow. Greg has traveled the entire globe as a leader in the estate business specializing in jewelry and antiques and more specifically diamonds. Greg is a pioneer in buying and selling jewelry online.