Now That I Know What I Want, What’s Next!
So, now you have an idea what kind of home you are looking for…what now? Regardless of the choice, you will need to consider the “downsizing” part of the event now. Guaranteed you will have too much furniture, too many dishes, too much memorabilia and “stuff”. It doesn’t matter whether you have been in your current home a few months or decades, you will have to start to pare down to fit in that new downsized lifestyle. YOU CAN DO IT! Start slowly and with purpose. There are tips and ideas for how to start, what to do with castaways and how to stay on project in a blog at www.scatteredpossessions.com. Ask friends and family to help…it could be a pizza event! Your personality will dictate the way this happens…go at your own pace. Let the excitement build and think how each piece of furniture or item of memorabilia you keep will look in your new home!
Do you need to sell your current home to make the move? Don’t stress about that. Realtors that specialize in downsizing will be able to help you decide how best to prepare your current home for the sale and will work to make it as comfortable as possible. It will include de-cluttering and de-personalizing so the potential buyer can visualize their own things in the house. That’s why getting started with reducing your personal “stuff” now is important. Ask lots of questions…there will be lots of things to consider…you guessed it…check in next week for #3 in the series, What Options Are Open To Me With My Current Home?
You can check my website for some awesome downsizing homes and more help in making your Real Estate downsizing decisions! Click here for SW WA Boomer’s Resources.
Downsizing, Rightsizing, What does it all mean?
What does the right sized home look like…to you? Not paint colors or roof material or shutters on the windows…those are frosting on the cake questions. It’s the interior floor plan, the flow of rooms and the ability to move freely without obstacles and hard turns. It’s easy access to storage, patio/deck and garage space. It’s that “homey” feeling when the house feels right and functions well.
Ask yourself a set of questions, Click on the link…..I gathered these based on my discussions with dozens people in similar situations as yours!
Set a time frame, schedule it like you would an appointment. Start with some Open Houses in new construction subdivisions. You can check out a variety of styles and locations and see what interests you. Those can usually be found in the free Real Estate books located in grocery store lobbies. A less stressful way would be to interview with a Real Estate Agent and find one that you are comfortable with…the buyer pays no fee for an agent to collect a list of available homes to see and it’s really a big help. They can sort by your preferences and accompany you…that protects you from being overwhelmed and gives you a resource to answer questions and narrow the field. This process will help you identify what will work for you in your retirement lifestyle. It’s FREE and it can be FUN.
Next week: Now that I know what I want, what’s next!