The Normandy Senior Living Presents ‘Tips on Selling and Downsizing Your Home’

Liz Manning and Matt Holder

Selling a home is a big job! Who can help you sell it? Who can help you downsize and declutter as you prepare to sell?

The Normandy Senior Living of Rocky River has answers to that. Those answers were presented at a seminar last week, “Downsizing and Decluttering” as realtor Liz Manning and Matt Holder, founder of “Every Step Seniors” discussed these important topics.

Manning, former president of the Rocky River Chamber and a Howard Hanna agent, shared her perspectives:

  • Find the right agent. One you can trust (you will be spending a lot of time together!). You will want to present buyers with as much info as possible. Take time to prepare, make repairs, make a plan and declutter and downsize beforehand.
  • Pricing. Comparables are the most important factor, not what you paid. Clean, clean, clean. Eliminate personal items that might distract buyers as they tour the home.
  • Home prices are still high, but moderating. There are still not enough homes for sale, but overbids come mostly for perfectly staged and prepared homes.

Matt Holder founded Every Step Seniors (Concierge Transition Services) 10 years ago to guide seniors every step of the way as they prepare for the big move.

“We understand that transitioning to a new living arrangement can be overwhelming for seniors and their families,” says Matt. “That’s why we offer comprehensive senior transition services coupled with expert senior care navigation support to ensure a smooth and stress-free experience.”

Every Step Seniors provides Moving Services, Space Planning & Prep, Packing and Prep, Donations and Junk Removal, Home Cleanouts and Deep Cleaning, Donations and Junk Removal and Home Sale Prep.

Matt has lots of helpful hints, too. “Give items the 5-10 second rule. If you can’t decide in 5-10 seconds, throw it out.” “Go room by room and keep boxes marked ‘donate, sell, discard & keep.’” Take breaks, downsizing is emotionally challenging, it can feel like an avalanche, so two hours at a time is enough for one day. Identify what you need, put together a good plan, lean on supporting people and make quick decisions.

“I highly recommend these two individuals,” says Kim Zdanowicz of The Normandy. ‘Having their extra support can make all the difference.

Both of these professionals have information packets available through Kim’s office

Please call or email Kim at or call at 440-333-5401 for information.

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