September 5, 2023
Posted by:
Jim Henderson

Downsizing is an event in life that will forever change a homeowner’s view of life. Here are four examples of how downsizing can be life changing.

1) Separation from Family and Friends – Often a downsize is triggered by retirement. Many retired Northern homeowners will choose to move to warmer climates of Florida, the Carolinas, or Arizona, leaving behind family and friends. Although the move to warmer climates can be good for health reasons, separation from family and friends is life changing. Some retirees who decide to move to warmer climates, will make the move back North, driven by the loss of connections to their family and friends.

2) Fewer Worries – One of the upsides of downsizing is that there is less to maintain, less expenses and more freedom to do other activities. Larger homes require more money to maintain, more time to upkeep, and more things to think about. Downsizing can be an incredibly positive life experience when the time and money savings are considered.

3) New Beginnings – For some homeowners who downsize, making new relationships can be another positive life changing experience. I was only 46 years old when my wife and I chose to downsize and make Florida our primary residence. Selling our large northern family home, we established smaller homes in two separate locations: one in the New Hampshire and the other in Naples, FL. In both areas, through our choices in church, we established amazingly beautiful new relationships. We strongly believe the downsize led us to make the relationships which have helped sustain us through an unimaginable and tragic, life-changing loss of a loved family member.

4) Stress – Ultimately, stress is a direct result of the life changing decision to downsize. No matter how people try to paint the positive, life changing sides of downsizing, it can be incredibly stressful. Years of memories and collections need to be sorted through, and tough decisions about what to keep and what to give up must be made.

Finding the best resources available to make this life changing event easier, is not easy. Many downsizing homeowners will end up being led astray by clever on-line business services that are specifically designed to take advantage of these homeowners as they make these life changing decisions. The William C Huff White Glove Moving and Storage Company has been helping homeowners with life changing downsizing decisions for many years. Our experienced, professionally trained staff have worked with thousands of families who have had to make the major life changing decisions to downsize. There is no straightforward way to downsize. However, it can be made less stressful if a homeowner chooses to work with companies who have experience in downsizing.

William C. Huff Companies is committed to simplifying the complicated maze of moving and storing your priceless possessions. With over 40 full-time, tenured, and highly trained staff, you can be assured that your move will be handled smoothly and professionally, from the first phone call until the last box is unpacked.