The Facts About Senior Downsizing

“I was very nervous,” Helen said about her decision to downsize into low maintenance living in Indianapolis, Indiana.  “I knew I had to sell my house,” she said, but there were so many more things to consider than just the actual sale of her Indianapolis home.

First, Helen knew she had to find a place to downsize to.  After settling on an Independent Living apartment in Clearwater Commons, Helen began the daunting task of deciding which items she was going to take with her and which items wouldn’t make the cut.  Helen had a lifetime of memories tucked into her home, and choosing what to move, what to donate, what to sell, and what to leave behind was a bit overwhelming and sad.  Helen found herself wondering which items would fit into her new apartment, how it would be positioned, what she should do with her collections, extra pots and pans, lawn furniture, etc.

While Helen was visiting the sales associate, at Clearwater Commons, I received the call.  Helen, one of her daughters, and the sales associate were all on speaker phone and wanted to schedule a free downsizing consultation with me.  We got Helen set up for an appointment at Helen’s house to discuss the downsizing process and how my team, the Indy Real Estate Experts, at Century 21 Scheetz would walk her through the entire downsizing process, from beginning to end.

Once Helen and her daughter reviewed our downsizing packages, they began to relax instantly.  I explained how my team would take care of helping Helen select the items she wanted to take with her to her apartment, space plan with her to make sure it all fit, pack, move, liquidate the items she wasn’t taking with her, unpack her new apartment, hang curtains, make her bed, clean and stage her old place, take professional photos, and list and sell her house.  They were amazed that one team could take care of all the details of the downsizing process for them.  I said, “This is what we do!  This is our passion!”  Helen and her daughter explained, “Sign us up for it all!”

As real estate and downsizing specialists, our goal is to help make each client’s new space feel enough like the property they downsized from that, even though its new, it still feels like home to them.  Our clients can relax right away and not worry about unpacking, disposing of boxes, or anything else as it relates to moving and downsizing.

As our real estate team enters it’s 10th year in existence, we are proud to have honed our focus on what we love to do and what we’re good at, which is taking seniors and their loved ones from feeling stressed and overwhelmed to being decisive and hopeful.  We understand how overwhelming moving can be in and of itself.  Add the stress of moving from a home that a client has lived in for 20, 30, or even 50 years…that can be emotional and overwhelming.  When we show our clients that Indy Real Estate Experts will handle it all, their facial expressions change immediately.  They feel relaxed right away, and we live for this!

As for the overall downsizing experience, Helen says she loved the fact that Indy Real Estate Experts took care of the details, so she didn’t have to.  “There’s no way I could have done it myself,” said Helen.  “The help Indy Real Estate Experts provided me was indescribable…I consider them my friends now.”

Helen was so excited to see her new place completely unpacked that she even cried.  I must admit, I got a little teary-eyed myself!  Getting a front row seat into people’s lives while we’re helping them downsize, de-clutter, pack, move, unpack, and sell their property is a blessing.

If you or someone you know is considering a downsize soon, contact our team immediately for a free downsizing consultation.

CENTURY 21 SCHEETZ | 317.246.9966
4929 E 96TH ST | INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46240

Posted on March 28, 2018 at 6:01 pm
Lisa Treadwell | Category: Uncategorized

2 responses to “The Facts About Senior Downsizing”

  1. Robin Green says:

    Great article! Life events like downsizing and loss weigh heavily on seniors and their families. There are often more questions than answers: What do I do with all of my stuff? What do I do with my parents’ stuff? How will I have the energy and strength to get it done? Where do I even start?
    Professional organizers are the best way to go

  2. Lisa Treadwell says:

    Thank you for your comments. I agree…its very overwhelming. Seniors and their loved ones need professionals they can trust working on their side to make process go smoothly.

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