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How to Downsize to an Age-Friendly Home


Big homes are great when you’re raising a family. But as you grow older, all that square footage becomes troublesome. Heating and cooling a big home is costly, and long days of chores aren’t exactly how you imagined spending your senior years.

Instead of staying put in a home that’s too big, why not downsize? When you move into a right-sized home, you enjoy greater convenience and comfort in retirement. Here’s where to start.

Learn Your Home’s Value

Real Estate Comps: Resources for Determining Your House Value
How to Price Your Home for Sale
10 Surprising Things That Decrease the Value of Your Home

Set a Home Buying Budget

Why You Should (Or Shouldn’t) Have a Mortgage in Retirement
Look to Helpful Mortgage Resources for Home Buyers
How Much House Can I Afford?
Research Home Prices and Market Trends

Start Your House Hunt

Find a Skilled Realtor Like Joyce Gottlieb With Experience Working with Downsizers
10 Questions You Should Ask Your Realtor
5 Things You Need To Age in Place

Start Downsizing Your Stuff

10 Ways to Let Go of Your Stuff
Where to Donate Items After Cleaning House
What To Do With Sentimental Items (And How To Store Them)

Plan Ahead for Moving Day

How Much Does It Cost To Move?
Moving and Packing: A Checklist of Essential Supplies
Moving Checklist: Tips to Prepare You for Moving Day

There are a lot of benefits to downsizing your home. Not only will you save money on house payments and utility bills, but downsizing is an opportunity to find a home that’s age-friendly and convenient for your senior years. Instead of putting off a downsize, start planning your move to a simpler life.