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! 

 

Where to take you dog in Salt Lake in the summer

The dog days of summer are upon us! We know how much your four-legged friend enjoys hanging with you, wherever you go. Summer in Salt Lake is bursting with options for you and your pooch to get out and enjoy the sunshine. Here are a few of our top picks.

Parks to take your dogs

  • Tanner Park –Plenty of space and great trails for your four-legged friend to run off leash and even enjoy a running creek (stay clear if water is running fast).

2760 Heritage Way

  • Herman Franks Park-Large gravel area for your dog to run and play. Two entrances are well stocked with bags so you can clean up after your pooch.

1300 South 700 East

Hikes for you and your dog

  • Neff’s Canyon-Beautiful scenery and well-groomed trails with a lovely stream. The hike is 6.2 miles and steep in some areas.

4326 White Way

  • Millcreek Canyon-Anther great option to hike with the your four-legged kid. Fairley easy trails with stream and places to stop for a picnic. Depending on the day, your dog may or may not have to be on-leash. Even numbered days they are required to be on-leash.

3800 Millcreek Canyon Road

Patio Friendly Spots

  • Campfire Lounge– with a cool vibe and a great pet-friendly patio, Campfire Lounge serves brunch, drinks and all your favorite snacks like tater tots and mac ‘n cheese bites. With three firepits to gather around, plan on spending a few hours.

837 E. 2100 South

  • Flatbread-Serving pizza, flatbreads and pastas, this sugar house haunt is a fun gathering place to bring all the kiddos, including your hound.

2121 S. McClelland Street, Suite 109

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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New to Salt Lake City? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

If you’re new to Salt Lake City of a just in the process of planning to relocate to Salt Lake City then there are a few things you will want to know to make sure that you can your family get settled as quickly and easily as possible. This is our Salt Lake City Newcomers guide to get you on the right track.

New to Salt Lake City: Finding A Job

 

If you have moved to Salt Lake City and need to find a job then there are a lot of great resources available to help you find the perfect opportunity to suit you and your family life.

To help start your search you could try these resources:

 

New to Salt Lake City: Getting on the Road

 

If you are relocating to Salt Lake City from outside of Utah then you might need to think about getting your vehicle registered and getting a new state driver’s license.

If you are planning to get a new license there are a few steps to follow:

 

  1. Schedule an appointment online, or just walk into the office
  2. Complete the application form (you can do this online before you attend the appointment if you wish)
  3. Get a photo taken
  4. Give evidence that you have complete the appropriate driver training course. This can be done by giving over your current driver’s license. If you don’t want to do this you will have to get a learner’s permit, and use that for 90 days
  5. Show proof of your identity, including your social security number and two proofs of your residence in Utah.
  6. You will have to take an eye exam and then, one or both of a written and practical test.
  7. Pay a fee of $32 or $39 if you are 20 or under.

Some helpful links:

 

New to Salt Lake City: Enrolling your Kids in School

 

Before you decide exactly where you kids are going to go to school you will want to get the low down on the option available to you. After all a good education is one of the key’s ingredients to the American dream.

 

New to Salt Lake City: Registering to Vote

 

Getting registered to vote in your new state is a big deal. You don’t want to miss out the chance to have your voice heard so make sure you get yourself signed up. If you are getting a Utah driver’s license you will be asked then if you wish to register to vote, so you can kill two birds with one stone. 

You can also register to vote online, it’s really easy to do, so there’s no reason to put it off.