4 Practical Tips for Downsizing and Moving Into a Smaller Home

Downsizing and Moving Into a Smaller Home

Size matters when it comes to your home, but not in the way you may expect. In fact, 60% of people who live in homes over 2,000 square feet would choose a smaller house over a larger one.

Downsizing is a fantastic way to save money, save maintenance time, and reap the rewards of a more minimalistic lifestyle. It can be an overwhelming task from the start, though. Stop stressing with these easy tips on downsizing to a smaller home.

1. Downsize Your Stuff First

A common mistake that downsizers make is choosing a home first and then trying to downsize their possessions to fit it. It’s better to work in the opposite direction.

Go through everything in your home and do a major purge. Sell or donate anything you don’t need. It’s a good idea to start this process early, so you have plenty of time to sell items.

This way, you have a more accurate idea of how much space you truly need in your next home. You’ll also know where that space needs to be.

For instance, perhaps you still have a lot of kitchen items but little clothing. You’ll want a home that has plenty of space in the kitchen but minimal closet space.

2. Get Detailed Measurements

When choosing your downsized home, always have a tape measure handy. Take detailed measurements of each room unless these details are already available.

Use these measurements to see whether your furniture would fit and how you would arrange it. If the home doesn’t fit your furniture, are you willing to sell and replace your furniture?

If you’ve already bought or leased the home, you can still put your measurements to use. Plan out how to arrange each room’s furniture in advance to make the move smoother. Be sure to consider essential layout rules in the process.

3. Make Everything Multifunctional

One of the top tricks to living in a small space is to rely on multifunctional pieces. For instance, furniture should also offer storage space or convert to other types of furniture.

The same goes for decor: storage can be stylish if you find the right items. 

4. Consider Space Alternatives

After you’ve downsized your possessions, make sure you think about all your options. For instance, you might see that you have a lot of items you store in your basement. You’d assume your new home also needs a basement or a lot of storage space.

In reality, it may be cheaper to choose a home with little storage space and rent a self-storage unit instead.

The Best of Our Tips on Downsizing to a Smaller Home: Find the Right Real Estate Agent

Any time you move, your real estate agent will play a significant role in the process. If you’re downsizing, you need an agent who understands your priorities and respects them. Some agents may try to push you toward a larger house than you need, so they earn a higher commission.

Among all our tips on downsizing to a smaller home, the most important one is to select an agent who will uphold your best interests instead. For an agent, you can trust, reach out to our Utah realty team today.

Tips for Moving with Pets

Moving can be a stressful situation for humans, imagine how stressful it can be on your four-legged family member. Things changing in the house are unexpected, therefore taking a few extra steps to ensure your pets move is a smooth transition is worth every minute.

1. Keep your pet away from the actual moving

First and foremost- keep your pet away from the actual moving. Leaving with a family member or even a trusted kennel will keep them from getting stressed by all the sudden movements. If relocating them is not an option, keep them a quiet place in the house or in your yard if possible. Be sure to check on them regularly and try and keep their feeding schedule the same. 

 

2. Pack their things

Pack an easy overnight bag for your pet- having their favorite toy, food, and whatever else their creature comforts maybe will make it easier, and quicker to access so they are comfortable while you unpack. 

3. Take them to the new place

Take them to the new place in your own car. This familiarity will help the transition and help them to feel safe. 

 

 4. Keep an extra close eye

Keep an extra close eye on your pet in the new place. You don’t want your pet to get out and get lost in a new neighborhood. Give them a few days to adjust before you let them roam. 

5. Fish Tip

Moving with fish? Fish can get very stressed by the disruption. It is best to transport them (short distances) in bags filled with tank water. 

 

 6. Bird Tip

If you have birds, keeping them in their cage during the entire transition is best. 

 7. Contact Information

Don’t forget to update their contact information! From tags to chips, get that address updated! 

 

Relocating to Salt Lake City? Here’s Where to Start!

So you’re relocating to Salt Lake City? We’re proud to say that Market Source Real Estate has helped countless clients move from other states to the greater Salt Lake City area.  We’re pros at helping you find the neighborhoods that fit your lifestyle and interests.  We can also help you figure out the logistics of the move and some amazing things to explore when you arrive!

Here are some of the resources we’ve compiled just for you to get started.  When you’re ready for the next step in relocating to Salt Lake City, give us a call and we’ll help you through the entire process!

I’m relocating to Salt Lake City?  Where should I start my home search?

 

How much does it cost to live in Salt Lake City?

When relocating to Salt Lake City, you always want to figure out the cost of living.  Here are a few sites to help:

 

Done relocating to Salt Lake City.  Now, how do I get around?

 

Now that I’m here, how do I find a job in Salt Lake City?

Usually when people relocate to Salt Lake City, they have a job lined up.  BUT here are some useful resources in case you haven’t found the dream job yet.

Looking for some more information about relocating to Salt Lake City?

Get the local scoop from some of our other blog posts about Salt Lake City:

 

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The Best Places to Grab a Cocktail in Salt Lake

Utah may have the reputation for having some pretty wonky liquor laws, does ‘is this a bar, or a restaurant’ sound familiar? That said, Utah is home to some of the best places around to grab a cocktail after work or on the weekend with friends. Some of the best mixologist are right in Salt Lake City, mixing up dreamy concoctions and lighting them on fire, literally.

 

Water Witch– An intimate setting where the cocktails are flowing and the flames are high. Crafty mixologist are constantly creating new drinks and bringing in new liquors to add to their shelves. Weekly specials are a fun way to try something new.

163 W. 900 South

The Ruin-Situated in the heart of Sugar House, The Ruin is a great place to gather a group of friends for a cocktail. The space is roomy and the vibe is fun. Check their website for the schedule of live music and upcoming events.

1215 E Wilmington Ave, Ste 120

Lake Effect-Serving 100 different wines, 150 beers and several craft cocktails, Lake Effect has the largest spirit selection in Utah. The ambiance is comfortable, having both an upstairs and downstairs lounge area. Another added bonus, they offer live music seven days a week.

155 W. 200 South

 

The Beer Bar / Bar X These two hipster bars are neighbors and bring in the fun crowds on the weekends. The home to craft beer, cocktails and locally owned provisions, each location offers a bit of the same, with a little something different. You will want to check them both out.

161 E. 200 South

 

 

 

Whiskey Street– If whiskey is your jam, you will be hard pressed to find one don’t like at Whiskey Street, and rest assured, several new ones you have not yet tried. Not a whiskey drinker? No problem. They have just kicked off their new springtime cocktail list, try the “Water Lily”, made from Oomaw Gin, Cointreau, Creme de Violette, and Lemon Juice.

323 South Main

Piper Down-An old-world Irish pub. If Bloody Mary’s are you thing, head on down to Piper Down for Bloody brunch on Sundays for the free Bloody Mary bar.  Whiskey Wednesdays are $3 drinks on select whiskeys. Love karoke? They got you. In addition, live Irish music, Sunday Texas Hold’em poker and more! Always something going on at Piper Down.

1492 S State St.

Tips for Moving with Children

Moving to a new city or even a new home can be very upsetting for children. Having to say goodbye to neighbors, school friends and teachers can be overwhelming and scary. Children often think of being the ‘new kid’ with a negative connotation and they may have anxiety about making new friends. Maintaining a positive attitude about the move and find things that they can get excited about, like decorating a new room or having a bigger yard to play in, are crucial to helping kiddos make the transition.

 

1.  Start packing early

Give children plenty of time so that they may feel like they have some control over the situation by allowing them to help pack, especially their own things. If you plan to get rid of any of their items, be sure to do it with their permission or when they are not around to see it go.

 

 

2.  Provide Reassurance

Reassure them that they can still maintain the friendships they have made at their former school or neighborhood. Invite those kids over periodically and utilize social media to stay in touch on a regular basis.

3.  Say Goodbye

Say goodbye to the old house. On the morning of the move, take the time to walk through the empty house and say goodbye, it will help your child have closure.

 

 

4.  Find a Routine

Be sure to establish a new routine quickly in your new house. Routines provide stability and young children especially do better with a routine

5.  Get Them Settled

Set up their room/space quickly. Having familiar things around them will be comforting in a new space and assure them they are ‘home’.

 

 

6.  Get to Know the New Teacher

Make early connections at the child’s new school. Let the teacher know if your child is having any anxiety, is shy, has difficulty making friends, etc. This heads up will give the teacher a good understanding of how they can help put your child at ease.

Where the Fun is on New Year’s Eve

There is plenty to do in Salt Lake, and beyond, on New Year’s Eve. If ringing in the new year on the town suits your fancy, we have complied a short list of both family-friendly and adult options for you to consider.

Last Hurrah

This free event will be open to the public on New Year’s Eve and featuring live music on outdoor stages, as well as indoor games, food trucks and pop-up bars.  Draft beer, wine and hot chocolate will be served throughout the event.

The Gateway

8pm-12:10am

18 N Rio Grand

 

Hopkins Brewing Co. Grand Opening

Celebrating their grand opening with special guests, The Steve Lyman Trio, featuring Dan Waldis on piano, Mike Bordelaine on bass and Steve Lyman on drums. Doors open at 5pm, live jazz starts at 9:30pm.

Hopkins Brewing Co.

5pm

1048 E. 2100 South

 

Fireworks at University Place

Enjoy music and tasty foods from local food trucks. Fireworks show begins at midnight with FREE New Year swag while supplies last.
Food Trucks include: Kona Ice Hot Kocoa, Donut Kabobs and World’s Best Corndogs

University Place Orem

10:30pm-12:30am

575 E. University Pkwy

 

Zoo Lights

Last night to take in the Zoo Lights at Hogle Zoo. Bundle up and meander around the zoo gazing upon hundreds of beautifully lit zoo animals. New this year are 10 life-size, animal shaped lanterns. Warm up with some hot chocolate or other tasty treats available.

Hogle Zoo

5:30pm-9pm

2600 E. Sunnyside Ave.

Noon Year’s Eve at the Aquarium

Celebrate the New Year a little early. There will be a count down and confetti blast at the stroke of noon on Monday, December 31 with friends from B98.7 There will be a live DJ in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., along with prize drawings, photo booth, and other fun activities for the whole family.

 

Living Planet Aquarium

11am-1pm

12033 S. Lone Peak Pkwy

 

Masquerade Ball at the Zermatt

Clad the family in masks for the family-friendly Masquerade Ball at the Zermatt Resort, it is sure to be a good time. Complete with food, a cash bar, party hats, a DJ and midnight balloon drop and toast (alcohol-free options available), this will be a memorable evening.

Zermatt Resort

Until 1am

784 W. Resort Drive, Midway

Looking for other fun things to do in Salt Lake City?  Check these out:

Things to Do at Christmas Time in Salt Lake

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