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Downsizing: How to find the right home for your needs

Finding the perfect home to suit your needs can be tricky, especially if you want something

that will take you into your golden years. There are so many things to consider and it may be

necessary to go through the list of things you want and decide whether there are things you

can live without.

Not only that, it’s also important to figure out how to downsize your current possessions to make

the move easier and give yourself a fresh start. Most people do this before moving into a smaller

home, but it can also help anyone go into the move with a clear head and minimal stress.

Here are a few tips on what to look for and how to get started.

Get organized

Before any move, you’ll want to get organized. This means going through your belongings

with the intent to pare down. Sort through your closets and pull out anything you haven’t worn

in a while and donate it (especially if you have ever-growing kids!) and consider condensing

your CD or DVD collection (or get rid of them altogether and use a streaming service).

Go through any paperwork you have — financial documents, tax returns, etc.– and scan

the important pieces to be saved on a thumb drive so you won’t have to keep physical copies

around.

Think ahead

When looking at homes, take into consideration what your needs may be in the future.

If you find a house you really like, think about how easy it will be to live there as you grow older

and your physical needs change. Will you have mobility in a home with lots of stairs?

Is there a big yard to take care of?

It’s also important to consider the cost of potential modifications or upgrades, especially

if you’re on a tight budget. The cost of the home may be in your price range, but if you’re

going to have to make big changes down the road, it might be worth your while to keep looking.

Most remodels are done in the kitchen and bathroom of a home.

According to HomeAdvisor, in San Antonio, kitchen remodels

vary between $10,127 – $21,590, with a projected timeline of four – five weeks.

This will give you something to think about when you’re looking at homes.

 

Look outside the home

The house you buy should meet as many of your needs as possible, but there are other

important factors at play, such as location. The home’s proximity to your family members,

the stores you frequent, the family doctor, and your job. You may find the perfect place only

to realize that it’s miles away from where you spend most of your time, so narrow the listings

down to a specific area and work your way out.

Perhaps you want to live your best years in San Antonio with condo living. The Broadway is a

great option where everything is thought of- quality, location, design, service, convenience,

and lifestyle. Condo living is great for those who want a low-maintenance lifestyle so they

have more time to explore San Antonio, travel, or enjoy their hobbies.  

Prepare for moving day

Moving day can be stressful, so get organized as much as possible beforehand.

Make packing lists to tape to the outside of each box and mark them clearly so the

movers know which room they go in.

Garner support from friends and family who can help you on the big day, especially

if you have young children or pets who will need looking after. This will help the process

go as smoothly as possible while keeping you stress-free and allowing you to enjoy the

day rather than dreading it.

Orchestrating a move is a big job, so be patient with yourself and don’t try to take too

much onto your own shoulders. Ask for help when you need it and take breaks to prevent

becoming overwhelmed, especially during the move itself. With a good plan and some

assistance from your loved ones, you’ll have no trouble downsizing.

Jennifer Duaine is an experienced San Antonio metro area agent with Keller Williams Heritage

who has been along for the downsizing, and urban core movement since early 2000, prior to the

bang to boom we have now. Contact her when it’s time for your big move! jennduaine@gmail.com

Thanks to Gene Ramsey for this article, visit his website for more information

on downsizing and to receive updates on his upcoming book.