How to Downsize Successfully

Here at Portico Realty we specialize in helping families downsize. In fact, owner Norma Dowling is a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES®) who has assisted many through the downsizing process. Feel free to reach out to us or by emailing

Maybe your kids have moved out in the past few years or you’re planning to retire in the near future. Moving can be a daunting idea if you’ve lived in your current home for decades! Here’s a few recommendations:

Plan Ahead

Waiting too long can be a crucial mistake when downsizing, especially if the decision comes out of necessity instead of a lifestyle choice. Try shooting for a six month lead time to secure a new living arrangement before illness or injury speed up your big move.

Sorting Through Your Belongings

Ask for help when deciding what to keep, sell, store, or donate. You may find some friends or relatives would love to take that over sized dining room set or riding lawnmower off your hands! 

Attitude is Everything

It can be overwhelming starting over in a new home! Remember that downsizing isn’t getting rid of unneeded belongings but reflecting with gratitude on the memories shared in the space itself. Sometimes a photo the object or space can make the transition easier. Suzanne Stavert, author of The Empty Nesters blogsays it best: “It is so refreshing to realize ‘what we really need’ is our family and friends. The ‘stuff’ is so secondary.” 

If you’d like to chat about downsizing and learn more about our current listings call or text (207) 384-4663.

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