Pros and Cons of Downsizing Homes

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Downsizing
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Taking his years of experience in sales and marketing to the world of business and estate transitions, Allen Fitzsimmons founded Transitioning Forward in 2013. As its CEO, Allen Fitzsimmons helps clients off-load items before moving, selling an estate, or downsizing.

Downsizing a home is a great way to make sure you still have time and money after you complete a major life transition, such as retiring or emptying the nest. Downsizing can free up money with a smaller mortgage or rent payment and can also free up time. A larger home, after all, takes more time to take care of and maintain than a smaller one. It can be difficult for some people to step back from a large house, however, due to the role of the house as a status symbol.

However, downsizing can also come with additional costs beyond the price of a new home. Furnishings that are too large, or simply amassed goods in general, need to be sold, thrown out, or replaced as part of the transition. Those considering downsizing can contact a transition expert for assistance in weighing the pros and cons before making a decision.

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Avoiding Rip Currents at the Beach

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Rip Currents
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Allen Fitzsimmons has led Transitioning Forward in Belchertown, Massachusetts, as chief executive officer since 2013. Away from work, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys traveling to warm beach destinations, such as the Cayman Islands.

Whether traveling to an exotic vacation destination or visiting the local beach on a summer day, individuals must take several precautions to stay safe and healthy in the water. A person must be especially wary of changing tides and rip currents, which account for deaths and most lifeguard rescues on US beaches each year.

In some cases, beaches designate safe swimming areas so that swimmers can avoid areas where the currents are strongest. Even if a beach features a safe swim zone, visitors should still speak with the on-duty lifeguard about the rip current. Swimmers should also be aware that rip currents can occur in any large, open body of water, including water surrounding jetties and piers.

If caught in a rip current, swimmers must stay calm and allow the current to carry them away, rather than fight against it. As the tide weakens, swimmers can swim parallel to the shore until they have escaped the current, at which point they can turn start swimming back to shore. If the tide is too strong, swimmers should simply float until the rip tide dissipates.