Years of fond memories. Rooms full of ‘stuff.’ If you’re a senior who has lived in your home for decades, the thought of downsizing and moving can seem daunting. With so many memories all around you, you’re probably wondering, “Where would I even start?”

The good news is you are not alone. According to Senior Lifestyle, 75 percent of seniors say the huge number of things they own has made them “somewhat” or “very” reluctant to move.

But here’s even better news. If you would like to downsize your Wisconsin home BEYOND Realty and Smart Moves Compassionate Moving Services for Seniors have pooled resources to provide you with a solution to take the stress and anxiety out of moving. And, when you list your home with BEYOND Realty, we’ll provide you with a $200 gift certificate for Smart Moves to help jumpstart your downsizing!

Getting help with downsizing is definitely a smart investment for any Senior ready to start their next life chapter. Caroline Arndt, REALTOR®, SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) with BEYOND Realty spoke with Melinda Stuart, Smart Moves owner, about the benefits of having downsizing help.

  1. Fairy godmothers of downsizing.  

Downsizing firms such as Smart Moves can help you tackle everything related to downsizing and get it done faster than you can say “bippity boppity boo”. You’ll maintain control over decisions and stay involved, but they’ll bring order to the process and reduce stress. They will focus on your move logistics so you can focus on what matters to you.

2. Eliminate family conflicts.

An objective third-party can help you decide what to pass down to family, keep, sell or donate, which can help eliminate family arguments. If you are moving into independent or assisted living, they can also help you prepare for what to expect as you enter this exciting new chapter of your life.

3. Save time and money.

A smooth relocation means pulling together painters, contractors, movers and more. Firms such as BEYOND Realty and Smart Moves can recommend trustworthy resources such as Seniors Real Estate Specialist Caroline Arndt, assisted or skilled care placement assistance, and every other professional you could possibly need. They’ll have recommendations for what to sell and how, and what to donate and how. Because when you downsize before moving, you stand to save considerably on moving expenses!

The benefits of getting help with downsizing and moving are both literal and actual. You’ll keep from burdening your adult children or taking them away from their jobs to help with decisions, downsizing, selling or donating, packing and unpacking. Expert help planning your new residence, ensures your furniture – from that favorite sofa or dining table to your bedroom set – are the right size for your new space. And, so you’re not overwhelmed by rooms full of boxes to unpack, you can even get help unpacking and setting everything up so it’s move-in ready!

For more information on getting a $200 gift certificate to jumpstart your downsizing and getting move-ready, contact Caroline Arndt, REALTOR®, SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) with BEYOND Realty today at (262) 314-8162 or

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