According to ERA’s fall selling survey, a back-to-school mentality is at play right now. Because of this, many of your clients, including retirees, empty nesters and people relocating, may be in the process of downsizing. There are many benefits to downsizing, including the fact that moving into a smaller home often results in lower mortgage and energy costs for homeowners.

A recent RISMedia Housecall blog post titled “The Go-To Guide for Downsizing Your Home” shares six tips for ensuring the downsizing process goes as smoothly as possible. For example, giving yourself plenty of time to both physically and emotionally separate your family from your former residence can help avoid unnecessary stress and overwhelming emotions.

Additionally, decreasing the size of your home doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your belongings right away – there are plenty of affordable storage options you should consider so you can sort through your possessions at your own pace.

What other tips have you found essential for downsizing? Share them in the comments!

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