Downsizing can be a daunting and time-consuming process. Check out these three tips on how to get prepared for moving into a smaller home.
Give Yourself Time
Not only will you want to start planning early so that you don’t feel overwhelmed, but you’ll also want to give yourself time to reminisce over the sentimental items you uncover when packing. Take the time to enjoy the memories instead of stressing about the process.
Make a List
Write down what rooms (including storage spaces) will be in your new home and what furniture or essential items you will need for the space. Measure the rooms ahead of time to ensure they will fit.
Sort your possessions into keep and don’t keep piles. By sorting into piles, you can weed out duplicates and what is no longer necessary. Then, donate, sell, or throw away the stuff you aren’t going to keep.
Don’t feel like you need to do it all by yourself. Ask your REALTOR® for recommendations for donation sites, reliable movers, a professional organizer, or other relocation services.
I would like to down size but any house I purchase I make is going to cost more than what is recorded on the county tax rolls for my current house. I can buy a smaller house but wind up with an increase in my taxes since my current taxes are frozen. I am over 65.
You need to investigate, your frozen tax rate moves with you. I do not know the limits, its easier when moving within the same county. That is not an accurate assumption, I am 99% certain. Your tax rate is frozen, you are not frozen.