The decision to downsize your Pittsburgh home can come anytime. Many choose to downsize after their children have left home. The popularity of simplifying can also be a factor in downsizing.

Whether your house is too big, too costly, or too difficult for you to maneuver, downsizing will be an adjustment.

If you are unsure whether you should downsize, start by creating a list of the pros and cons.

Downsizing Pros:

  • You will have less upkeep in a smaller home.
  • Bills for utilities, maintenance, and taxes may be lower.
  • You will save time by having less to maintain.
  • Your quality of life may improve.
  • The new home is better suited for your needs.
  • You may have more free time for travel.
  • You can age in place with the right choice of home.
  • You can relocate closer to family or friends.

Downsizing Cons:

  • It may be difficult to find a home in your desired area.
  • Uncertainty of being comfortable in a smaller place.
  • Finding the right floorplan to accommodate your needs.
  • The lack of storage for the items you wish to keep.

Before making a final decision, it is wise to look at a few homes to understand what is available.

If you decide it is the right time to downsize, you need to understand the costs of making a move.

First, calculate the costs to sell your home and purchase a new one:

  • Preparing your house for sale
  • Moving expenses
  • Homeowner’s insurance and property taxes
  • Homeowner’s association fee, if applicable
  • New items for the new home
  • Modifications to the new home
  • Storage unit, if needed

You will need to start with decluttering and deciding what you want to take with you. Preparing your home may take a little more time than you anticipate.

There are many ways to sort, declutter and organize your belongings. This article discusses several ways to approach the task. Decluttering and organizing have become viral thanks to shows like Marie Kondo and The Home Edit.

It is understandably hard to go through sentimental items you have built up throughout the years. However, if you do not have the storage space in your new home, you can take photos to keep the memory without taking up your limited storage space.

If the job is just too much, you may need to bring in help. Some professional organizers can help you declutter and pack. Family and friends may be willing to help you too.

You may be surprised at the emotions and feelings that you may experience throughout the process.

  • Memories
  • Fear of the Unknown
  • Stress
  • Family Pressure
  • Overwhelm

Remind yourself why you decided to make a move as you work through the feelings and emotions. In the end, it will be worth all the effort.

Having a real estate professional who understands the real estate process and how to make a move as straightforward as possible will lessen some stress.

I am a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, and I have helped many homeowners transition from one home to another and understand the emotions and work involved. With 18 years as a full-time Realtor in the local Pittsburgh market, I can help you navigate this process with care and professionalism. Contact me by phone at 412-848-3907 or email at to schedule a free consultation to discuss your real estate needs.