How to Select a Home When You're Downsizing


Have you decided to move into a smaller home? Perhaps you are now empty nesters and you feel like there is a lot of wasted space. Or, it just might be that your large home has gotten to be too much work for you. For whatever reason, from deciding on what you want in a neighborhood to finding the right home for sale, here are some ideas that might help you as you make your move.

What Kind of Surroundings Do You Want? Obviously, it's not just the home that's important. Where you live plays a big part in your happiness. It may be that you don't drive anymore. If that's the case, your real estate agent can find a home for you that is by a bus line and close to things like good shopping areas.

Do you want to live in a community where there are mostly people your own age? A real estate agent can direct you to established areas that will provide just that.

In contrast, maybe you prefer to live in neighborhoods with young kids. As you drive around different neighborhoods, look for what's in somebody's front yard. If there are things like tricycles and balls in the front yard, you've hit a kid-friendly neighborhood. This is a good sign if you want to live in a safe place to invite your kids and grandkids over to visit.

If you've always longed for a home in the country, now is the time to make your dream come true. Your real estate agent can show you areas that are being developed with thins like five-acre lots, or you can select an area where no other homes will surround you.

What Kind of House Do You Want? Even if you are downsizing, consider the style you like best. Before you even meet with a real estate agent, think about looking at home magazines and cutting out pictures of the kind of architecture you want. Sit down with your real estate agent to get ideas from him or her. Your real estate agent has the training and the experience to answer your questions and to give you information you didn't even think about asking.

Think of the floor plan you'd like. For example, if you will be having grandchildren over, consider having a large carpeted living room or family room where kids can be given a pillow and a blanket for sleepovers. Also tell your real estate agent if you love to garden. He or she will find a house that will match that request.


20 July 2017

Choosing The Right House

When I started looking for a new house a few years ago, I realized that I had no idea what I really wanted. I knew that I wanted a place that had been updated recently, but apart from that, I was completely in the dark. After evaluating my budget and considering my options, I decided that it would be a good idea to go around with my real estate agent to help me to find a place. My agent was incredibly helpful, and I was able to narrow down my choices within a few hours. This blog is all about making the ever-important decision of becoming a homeowner.