Your house is…well, it may not be what it used to be, right? Maybe you don’t need as much space as you once did, or perhaps things have just gotten outdated. Your old friends and neighbors may have moved away, and the social circle in your area is all but depleted.
Are you ready to try something new? Are you looking for a more active lifestyle, with less work and worry around the house?
With so many options available to you, whether it be moving to a retirement community or downsizing to a smaller home in a different neighborhood, it may be difficult to determine which route is best for you. There are many variables to consider: space, price, amenities and more.
Use these 5 tips when looking at home options that fit you and your lifestyle.
1. It meets and even exceeds your expectations. When you’re looking for a new home, you should always keep a list of amenities and resources that you would like, and (more importantly) will need. When you visit and look at new places, you can easily refer and stay focused on the list of what you are really looking for. When you find a potential home that fits all of your “needs” and maybe even some “wants,” you know that it is a real candidate.
2. It has the right amount of space. Maybe one of the main reasons why you are moving is because you have too much space. If this is the case, spacing in your potential home is very important. Consider what space you need now and into the future. Don’t necessarily look for a space that will fit all of your current possessions. You’ll want to downsize and get rid of things you don’t need. Keep it simple and declutter — stick to the items that bring you joy or serve a purpose. Find the happy medium — neither crowded nor empty.
3. It’s in an ideal location. Where do you want to live? No longer are you tied to your career or raising children. Maybe it’s close to your previous home, closer to your grandchildren or a vacation spot you love. Also take into consideration if it is convenient and in line with the lifestyle you want, the places you want to go and people you want to spend time with.
4. Its price is within your range. The optimal outcome is to find your dream home within budget. for Sugar Hill, I’d give a tip or make a point of downsizing to smaller home to get the amenities and services you’d rather have, instead of the big home.
5. It just feels right. This is what some would call the “it factor.” When you know, you know. This home will have that spark that just draws you in immediately. You may not be able to put your finger on it—maybe it’s the community, the layout, or maybe a combination of both! All that you know is that this is definitely a place you could live happily. It feels… like home.
There are many options when it comes to downsizing or moving to a community, but when you find the right fit for you and your needs, it can then truly become your home.