There comes a time when every Elmhurst homeowner needs to consider downsizing to a smaller place, and it can be difficult in many ways. First, selling a home in today’s market can be challenging; there’s the cleaning and de-cluttering needed to make it appealing to buyers, and of course, there’s the idea of leaving a place that holds so many memories. 

The good news is that there are ways to update your older home and also make the downsizing a little less traumatic.

After 20 or 30 years, your home might be showing its age. The kitchen is probably out of date, closets are cluttered, and walls need repainting. Check into everything that might keep the home from selling and fix or update as needed.  This could be as easy as new neutral paint on the walls or something more extensive such as adding a new roof or modern appliances.

Allow yourself lots of time to make updates—and to begin to let go of your emotional attachments to the home. Some Elmhurst home sellers have found that cleaning out and updating makes the home look so different that it’s easier to picture it belonging to someone else. While it helps you, de-cluttering and removing personal effects also allows potential buyers to see themselves living in the home, and this often helps make the sale.

If you feel you’re just not up to all the work, consider using a professional stager. These folks know the demographics of current buyers and can recommend updates or fix-ups in line with what today’s buyers look for in a home. With all the competition out there, you want your home to look and feel fresh, even if it’s an older home. Then you can play up both the charm and the modern conveniences of your well-aged Elmhurst property.

While it’s exciting to enter a new phase of life, it can sometimes be difficult to sell the place you’ve called home for most of your life.  We can offer all the experience and support you need to downsize and move on. If you’re looking to buy or sell Elmhurst real estate, contact the Gracik Makinney Group, or call (630) 567-5902.