As Home Prices Rise, WNC Is Downsizing: What That Means for You

Have you ever asked for a sign from your  higher power before making a big lifestyle change? Maybe you weren’t sure if it were time to sell the family home now that the kids are gone. Perhaps you just needed that final push to move on to bigger and better things — or smaller and better things. When you downsize in Western North Carolina, it may mean less yard work and more travel in your future.

Art of Downsizing Services Asheville

The recent increases in real estate prices in WNC may be that perfect-storm sign you’ve been waiting for. If you’ve been considering downsizing, now is the time to do it. Home prices are rising and more and more people are opting for smaller living options to fit their empty-nester lifestyles. Using downsizing services like those offered by Art of Downsizing make the transition all that much easier for you, too.

All Good Things

We’ve all heard the saying, “bigger is better.” So, downsizing may seem like a step in the wrong direction. And while there may have been times in the past when that step backward was the right thing to do, that’s not the case now. A “downsizing is right-sizing” trend is happening in Western North Carolina, as evidenced by the Village of Wildflowers in Flat Rock, the motto is “Smaller is Smarter,” according to WNC Magazine https://wncmagazine.com/feature/small_and_loving_it

Also, according to realtor.com’s “7 Surprising Trends That Could Disrupt the Housing Market in 2017,” https://www.realtor.com/news/trends/2017-beyond-homes-future-may-look-like/ there are no trends toward bigger homes. Downsizing, or rightsizing, is often a positive step for people, especially when downsizing services take care of the details. Art of Downsizing helps you pick which of your possessions should travel with you and which need to be sold, gifted or donated.

You Can’t Take Everything with You

Why struggle to maintain that spacious yard that you don’t use much anymore? Why maintain all those extra rooms on the off chance that you’ll get a weekend visitor? Unless you’re planning to open a bed-and-breakfast, you’ve got more house than you need. Moving is difficult, but this is an opportunity for you to begin a new chapter of your life.

Plus, consider that in 2017, the average Asheville home increased in the value by nearly seven percent — closer to 17 percent in the entire WNC region. Selling your current house at its higher market price means that downsizing happens on your terms. The extra cash you’ll have from the sale gives you the freedom to pick the perfect smaller home, while hiring a downsizing service to do all the hard work.

The Ball Is in Your Court

If you’ve had the sneaking suspicion that your house might be getting too big for you, find the right balance in your life and follow in the footsteps of your fellow WNC residents. A downsizing service makes your decisions easier when you try to decide what to keep and what to let go of. Questions you never thought to ask become easy answers with the help of someone who’s been through the process many times before.

When you work with a service like Art of Downsizing, we keep one thing at the forefront of every decision: you. The migraine-inducing process of moving may not be fun, but that’s exactly what we’re here to help with. Even if your current home has an insane amount of clutter, downsizing is possible and downsizing services make the process less stressful. Respectful, experienced downsizing services help you put things into perspective to show you just how freeing it is to transition to a smaller place.

Taking advantage of the downsizing trend in WNC can help you see what’s really important to you, your family and your future. So listen to that still small voice in your heart and consider downsizing services now — while the real estate market is hot.

Michelle Munson

Art of Downsizing, 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, NC, 28715