Published 8/5/22

Tips for Successfully Downsizing Your Home as a Senior

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Downsizing is a common move for seniors. Smaller homes are easier and cheaper to maintain, which is why they appeal to retirees looking to save money and simplify life. Plus, downsizing is the perfect opportunity to move somewhere you’ve always wanted to live! By selling your home and buying a smaller space, you can free up cash for your retirement goals and get the most out of your golden years. Here’s how to navigate the downsizing process and ensure your move is a success!


Talk to a Local Real Estate Agent


Once you know where you want to live, get in touch with a real estate agent who is familiar with the area. A local real estate company like Franklin Investment Realty will help you find the perfect downsized home in your desired area. A great real estate professional can also help you determine how much money you can get for your existing home so you can arrive at a realistic budget for your new purchase.


Consider Your Care Needs


Before you start house-hunting, think carefully about your care needs. Do you anticipate yourself or your partner requiring assisted living or skilled nursing care in the future? If so, you may want to look for homes for sale near good nursing facilities. Skilled nursing facilities provide 24/7 care to people with medical issues. Do some research online to find information about the skilled nursing facilities in your area and be sure to read about pricing information and payment options. If you decide to move into a care facility, consider all the ways you can use your home equity to fund your care. Besides selling your home to cover your costs, you could also rent it out for monthly income.


Prepare to Sell Your Home


Unless you decide to hold onto your home and rent it out after moving, start preparing it for sale so you can find a buyer quickly. You may want to invest in a few low-cost upgrades to grab the attention of buyers. Certain upgrades might even pay off when you sell, increasing the value of your home enough to offer a return on your investment. Research which home projects are most likely to boost your home value so you can optimize your investment.


Declutter Your Possessions


If you’re downsizing your home, you’ll need to downsize your possessions as well. Start this process as early as possible. You might be surprised at how exhausting decluttering can be! Divide your home into sections and start small, working your way through single drawers and shelves at a time. It can help to create a couple of different piles for things you no longer want—one for the trash, one to sell, and one to donate.


You can always hire someone to help with decluttering if it feels too overwhelming. The Simplicity Habit explains that a professional can help if you’re not sure where to start or have difficulty making decisions about what to keep and what to toss. Look for a professional who will work with you rather than take over the process entirely.


Pack Early for an Easy Move


The earlier you start packing for your downsizing move, the better. As you start packing up your things, you’ll likely come across more stuff that you can donate or throw away. Getting rid of excess clutter can help you save money on your move! By starting early, you’ll have plenty of time to sort through the last of your stuff and ensure you’re only moving things that will add to your quality of life after downsizing. This will also free up time to focus on all those last-minute moving tasks closer to your move date.


Downsizing is a great way to simplify your life in retirement. Whether you decide to move across town or across the country, you won’t regret trading your big house for a smaller space. By downsizing, you’ll have more time and money to build the retirement of your dreams!


Are you looking for a small home in the Philadelphia area? Franklin Investment Realty can help! Contact us today so we can answer any questions you have and discuss your home buying or selling needs. Call 215-382-7368

– Rhonda Underhill


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