Moving from a house to an apartment or generally from a larger to a smaller property entails a number of challenges. The reasons for moving to a smaller property may vary. But downsizing is always an ideal opportunity to sell unnecessary furniture, dispose of all the junk that has accumulated and get off to a fresh start. Here are some tips on how to turn your new home into a showplace.
Before furnishing your new property, first think about what colours and lighting to use. Gentle pastel colours or classic white can make small rooms appear larger. This effect can be amplified by colour-matching your walls and furniture. Semi-translucent curtains that let in more natural light while offering privacy further underline this effect.
Moving to a smaller apartment offers you the opportunity to combine your favourite furniture with current trends or introduce a completely new interior design. However, moving to a smaller home does have its challenges. Your oak cupboard might be too bulky for your new space and make it appear cluttered. For this reason, it is recommendable to focus on the basics when deciding what furniture from your old home to take with you. The same applies as for new acquisitions: Less is more. Try something more filigree and give your interior design an elegant, minimalist touch.
Furniture in good condition that you do not plan on taking with you when moving to a smaller apartment can be sold. If you want to sell numerous items of furniture or even your entire furnishings, the easiest would be to hold a yard or garage sale. Ideally, you should advertise this household clearance in a local newspaper or an online portal. If you want to sell your furniture over the internet, you can place online ads, use special Facebook sales groups and offer your furniture on online flea markets. If you have any valuable vintage items, you might consider an antique dealer. Maybe your friends or colleagues want to buy the one or other item. Sometimes a notice on the supermarket pinboard can be helpful too.
When selling items of old furniture, you might be able to get more money for them if you have them restored first to increase their value. If, for example, an old piece of wooden furniture is polished or re-varnished, it looks classier and you can sell it for more. You can use these earnings to help cover the costs of moving. Valuable items of furniture that you do not want to sell quickly below value can be stored until a suitable buyer has been found.
Keep in mind that a move not only requires you to plan your new home, but also to prepare your old home for the impending sale. Our articles on the topic of buying-selling offer many tips on when to sell, how to calculate the price, etc. Be inspired!