FROM DOWNSIZING TO RIGHTSIZING

Ms. Velda was 67 years old when she downsized the first time. Yes, she was smart enough and brave enough to downsize twice! It is important to realize the “right-sized” home changes as your lifestyle changes.  Velda’s first move was to a smaller, one-level home where she lived for several years. Then, when the home was too overwhelming to maintain, Ms. Velda moved again to a place where some of her friends lived. This second home was a condo with a homeowners association to take care of....

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How did you prepare your home to downsize?

De-cluttering! I had a yard sale and I was fortunate; my daughter was very helpful in assisting with getting rid of items that I didn’t want and giving away items.


Do you think it was helpful using professionals during the move, such as a Realtor?

Yes, The Justice Group helped with preparing my home to sell so I was able to make improvements that brought the most value. Also, The Justice Group found my new home and coordinated the move.


In their experience, The Justice Group has noticed some common concerns for folks who are downsizing: the difficulty in getting rid of stuff, the realization about how often they need enough beds for visitors and challenges about how well they’re keeping up with cleaning and maintenance chores. Sometimes mobility issues have come into play as well. No matter what specific concerns you have, it’s important to realize there are terrific professionals that can assist you with your goals.

FROM DOWNSIZING TO RIGHTSIZING

All of the cleaning and home maintenance. I am meticulous and I wanted to keep everything maintained and in good working order. Also, I realized I wouldn’t want my kids to have to get the work done.


Did you ever feel your home had just gotten to be too much for you?

Yes! There were rooms I was not using! Sometimes my grandchildren would stay but then everyone was grown and the extra bedrooms were not used.


When did you realize you needed to downsize?

One cleaning day I realized it was too much: keeping the windows clean, the storm door, the gutters and the mowing and trimming the bushes. Seeing the work that needs to be done puts a lot on your shoulders that you don’t need. I realized I wasn’t getting younger.


What are the benefits of living in a home that is the right size?

I don’t have to worry about upkeep of my home. I have the opportunity to build relationships with people of similar age and similar interests. It’s a nice neighborhood close to everything. 

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Ms. Velda was 67 years old when she downsized the first time. Yes, she was smart enough and brave enough to downsize twice! It is important to realize the “right-sized” home changes as your lifestyle changes.


Velda’s first move was to a smaller, one-level home where she lived for several years. Then, when the home was too overwhelming to maintain, Ms. Velda moved again to a place where some of her friends lived. This second home was a condo with a homeowners association to take care of the things that were once so overwhelming for her, such as exterior and yard maintenance. The condo also had a clubhouse for community activities and gatherings to help residents stay involved.


To avoid being overwhelmed by all the maintenance of a home that is too large for you or enduring the frustration of moving into a home that is too small, it is important to evaluate your current needs and goals. It is also wonderful to make your own choices about what to sell or give away instead of having someone else throw away your prized possessions. Take some advice from Ms. Velda: Don’t wait until you are confined to a bed to move. You want to live and enjoy your new home. Make the choice while you are healthy and you can decide things for yourself. Here are some more insights from Ms. Velda:


What was the most overwhelming or difficult part of owning your own home?