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The Empty Nester’s Guide to Downsizing

The time has finally come. Your youngest child has left for college and having a large home just isn’t a necessity anymore. Instead of worrying about the transition, feel at ease knowing that Progress Residential® is here to help you.

We handpick well-maintained homes in the nation’s best communities. And, if you’re a current resident, you can easily transfer to a new rental home at the end of your Lease.

Ready to get started? Start by following this guide to downsizing.

Think about the future
Let’s face it – moving isn’t the most fun activity on the planet. That’s why it’s important to think through your needs now and in a few years so you only have to do it once. Start with location. Do you want to be close to the airport for traveling? Or, would you prefer an active adult community? Do you want to stay in state or finally retire in Florida.

Bedroom count is another big one. Do you really need one for each child or can they share? Also, would you prefer a one-story or two-story home as the maintenance can differ.

Declutter your home
Now is the time to make the distinction between sentimental memories and random clutter. For example, you probably don’t need those old cleats from the time Johnny played soccer in the third grade, but you may want the trophy he won for being the MVP.

The best way to get started is to make a plan and go through your home room by room making a keepsake box. When your kids come to visit, ask them to go through the box from their room and determine what they want to keep or toss.

Go digital
When combing through paperwork and photographs, take the time to digitize the important items so you never lose them. Click here to learn more.

Take inventory of your furniture

Depending upon the size of your new rental home, you may not have room for all of your furniture, artwork or décor pieces. If you are unsure about whether or not a piece you love will look right in your new home, bring it along just in case. If it doesn’t work then you can always sell or donate it.

If you have any questions along the way, simply give us a call at 833.PRG.RESS (833.774.7377) or email us at

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