Downsizing 101: Where Do I Start?


There are many reasons to consider downsizing your living space. Maybe you just
want less house to maintain and less "junk" to look after. Perhaps
your nest is empty and you just don't need all that space. Or you may be
looking for a change of venue; moving to a more urban setting will likely mean
a smaller home.

Whatever the reason for your move, downsizing your home and your stuff can be
overwhelming to contemplate. Boston real estate sales professional Peggy
Patenaude says that the best approach is to take it in steps. “The first step
is to hone in on what you want,” she advises. “Ask yourself what-when-where
questions to get to the heart of what you really want in your new space.”

Patenaude suggests you ask yourself the following:

  • Consider your needs.
         What type of home will best suit you? A smaller house? A condominium or
         townhome? A retirement residence or assisted living community?

  • Location, location. Where
         do you want to live? Is a suburban setting right for you, or are you
         seeking an environment closer to the attractions of a big city? Do you
         want to be near family? Good schools? Shopping?

  • Timing.
         When are you hoping to move? If you don't need to make a change
         immediately, you can afford to take a more leisurely approach.

  • Inventory.
         Once you decide on the where and the when, it's important to look at what
         is out there on the market. Peruse the ads in your targeted area and see
         what types of homes are available as well as pricing and the kind of space
         you will have.

  • Go shopping.
         Attend open houses, book showings, pore over photos on the Internet. Take
         a close look at the possibilities, and the enthusiasm you generate will
         help you tackle the next step in downsizing.


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