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Moving and Storage Tips: Downsizing Your Home

There are a number of convenient moving and storage options available to people who are downsizing their home.

There are a number of convenient moving and storage options available to people who are downsizing their home.

Every time you move, adjustments are inevitable as you become accustomed to your new living space. For those who are downsizing to a smaller home, the changes can be quite significant. With proper planning for moving and storage, you can make the transition an easy one.

People downsize for many reasons:

  • Kids have left home, so you no longer need the space
  • No longer able or willing to maintain a house and property
  • Prefer city living
  • Save money

For most, the challenge is figuring out what to do with your belongings. We have a tendency to fill our homes to capacity (and then some). This holds especially true if you’ve lived in the same place for quite some time.

If you’re moving from a larger residence to a smaller one, something has give. As a moving company Kelowna residents trust with their precious belongings, here is our two bits on what might help.

 

Go Through Your Possessions

When was the last time you had a thorough inspection of your belongings? That means looking in the:

  • Attic
  • Crawl space
  • Garage
  • Spare bedrooms
  • Closets

If it has been a while, you might be surprised at just how much ‘stuff’ you’ve accumulated over the years. Right away, you’ll probably identify things that are no longer of use. This is a great first step, as you can then decide what to do with them:

  • Throw them out (or recycle)
  • Donate them to charity
  • Sell them online or hold a garage sale

To help break up the decluttering process, it’s a good idea to take a room-by-room approach. And give yourself plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed or overwhelmed. 

One of the added benefits of decluttering is you’ll likely receive reduced moving quotes because there’s less to move. For more advantages of purging, read: Why Do Moving Companies Kelowna Residents Trust Suggest Decluttering?

 

Take Measurements

If you already know where you’ll be moving, you can further refine your moving and storage list by taking precise measurements to determine what will fit. In particular, you want to make sure you have enough room for larger items, such as:

  • Beds
  • Couches
  • Shelving
  • Hot tubs
  • Pianos 

And whether you have a baby grand or an old upright, it’s always advisable to seek out professional piano movers with the necessary experience and equipment to move it properly.

 

Consider Self-storage as an Alternative

Sometimes, despite your best efforts to pare down your belongings, you might be left with more than you can reasonably fit in your new home. This is where moving companies that offer a combination of moving and storage come in handy. They’ll move the items you want close at hand, and stow the ones that aren’t essential.

  

Are you preparing to downsize your home? Bekins Moving and Storage in Kelowna offers a full range of moving services, including convenient self-storage options for homeowners with excess belongings.

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