Downsizing Now I Get It

Downsizing Now I Get It

For 30 plus years now I have been working with buyers and sellers who are in the middle of the process known as “Downsizing”.  On the surface I know what the term means, but until now I didn’t realize just how tough it can be to work through.  Back in 2002 I built a sprawling 3200 square foot home, with 3 bedrooms and 4 baths not to mention a three car garage with 700 square feet of overhead storage and a full walkout basement.  Heck, I could throw some big parties, in fact I had service for 80 people.  I also had a massive gym that would rival anything found in the Burlington area.  Of course I had to have a pool table as well, virtually never used it, but I had to have it.  

Last winter after returning from a long vacation in Florida, I had to use a sledge hammer just to clear the ice from my entrance way, and of course snow blow a driveway that parks 7 cars.  That’s when I decided enough is enough, I was going to make this year my year to sell the beast.  After months of planning and marketing we got an offer, and began parting ways with all that we had accumulated over the prior 12 years.  Now there are some things I just couldn’t part with, primarily art work.  But I had a lot to sell, give away or haul to the dump.  My new place is a mere 1000 square feet in a downtown high-rise with just one parking space.  Thankfully the buyer of my home bought most of my furniture and yard equipment, but I still had to rent two storage units for things I thought I would need again.  The gym equipment was given away, sold the pool table dirt cheap, help a moderately successful garage sale, donated much of the stuff to Goodwill, and then we took several truck loads to the dump.  

Can I tell you it feels so good to have purged and live with so much less.  I even got rid of tons of clothes, I had to for closet space is at a premium in my wonderful new condo.  So I can now understand what it is like to “Downsize”, a term I now truly understand.  

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Phone: 802-922-8768
Dated: September 30th 2014
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