If your lifestyle has changed with time and you’re ready to sell the big house for a smaller, more manageable home, it might be time to downsize. Deciding to move on to a more care-free dwelling is easy – determining where to begin is much harder. The accumulation of decades of living can feel overwhelming; taking the move step by step will help you break it down into manageable stages.
Before you do anything else, do your research and find the right location for your new home. Explore different communities and learn the pros and cons of each. While seniors often move to 55+ condo developments, there are also many other choices for low/no-maintenance properties.
Consider condominiums, townhouses, and patio homes as part of your research; many of these home styles can be found in areas that are not part of a 55+ community and often offer walking trails, fitness and aquatic facilities, and other active lifestyle amenities. In many areas, luxury high-rise buildings have become popular; many seniors enjoy living close to the amenities of a city, in a secure environment with a doorman or front desk staff.
Once you determine the new location, it’s time to sell your current home. Don’t let your accumulated “stuff” deter you. Clean out and utilize storage facilities for precious items you need to keep. You may want to hire a professional moving company to pack up and move you to the new home (or ask your family members to help). Make it easy on yourself!
Moving out of a cherished home in which you have resided in for many years can be an emotional decision, but the benefits of a low- or no-maintenance lifestyle can free up your time and energy so you have time to travel or just enjoy each day without the stress of managing a big home and a yard. Make it easier by just taking it one step at a time.
If you have questions or wish to discuss the selling or buying process, please feel free to contact RE/MAX Results – Shannon Lindstrom, Realtor at 612-616-9714 or visit www.ShannonLindstromRealtor.com today. I’m here to help!