Downsizing

There are many reasons to downsize. As we age our needs change, it is important to always keep a comfortable living environment and adapt to the changes around us.

Why Do You Want To Downsize?

For some of us it is no longer practical to climb the stairs everyday, or keep up with the maitenance of a large home. When children move out, we find ourselves left with empty rooms. The cleaning and maitenance becomes too much, especially when that space is no longer being used.

Tips to Make Downsizing Easy

  1. Consider Your Needs - Does your family visit often? Do you need space for hobbies? A home office? Storage? Picture your current lifestyle, what items do you use regularly? What items have been collecting dust?

  2. Sort your belongings into categories. A simple system of keep, toss, or donate, can help you move through a large portion of your belongings quickly.

  3. Avoid taking on your whole home at once - It can be taxing to to deal with all the memorabilia at once. It can helps sorting through your possesion room-by-room, rather than tackling your whole house at once.

  4. Go digital - Are boxes of pictures taking up sapce in your home? Consider moving your pictures to a digital format. Preserve these photos online and allow your whole family instant access to them. Switch to a digital frame and allow for a slideshow of all of your favourite photos. Your realtor can help you find someone to help with the transfer, or you can try for yourself and you may find yourself interested in a new hobby!

  5. Give yourself time to reminisce - It can be hard sorting through possesions and memorabilia. It's okay to take a break for awhile and let yourself experience the nostalgia. Take your time, but consider starting early so you can get the job done.

  6. Gift heirlooms to family - It can often be daunting to get rid of sentimental items. Consider gifting heirlooms to family members, this way they will still remain in your life, and you will still be able to revisit those memories without having to hold space for them in your own home.

  7. Work with the right realtor - If you're ever feeling overwhelmed, it's good to have a realtor that can help you through this process. Ray Riley works with a team of professionals that excel in getting your home organized, on the market, and find you a home that's just right for your needs.

  8. Stay Positive - It can be frusturating to downsize. Many people stuggle with nostalgia when moving homes. Remember to focus on the positives of getting into your new home!


Do Homeowners Need to Let Go Right Away?

It is beneficial to begin sorting through your belongings before the home goes on the market. This means that the transition will be smooth later, and you will be prepared and organized when the time comes to make the move into your new home. However, it takes time to sell a primary home, so prepare to list early so you're ready to act when you find your perfect home.


Thinking of Downsizing? These Bungalow Villas might be right for you...

Ready to start the process? Contact Ray Riley at (403)-270-7601 for your free home evaluation.

8 Properties
$509,000
Neighbourhood: Panorama Hills
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,230
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
7
Days on Site
A1217761
MLS®
Great Opportunity to own in the sought after Emerald Park Complex. With 1230 Square Foot of living space upstairs and a Developed Walk-Out Basement, this Bungalow Villas might just be the one you...
$599,900
Condo: Shannon Estates Villas
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,170
Sq.Ft.
2002
Year Built
11
Days on Site
A1215487
MLS®
Adult villa living at its finest perfect for empty/nesters or someone looking for that ideal maintenance free living & lock and go. This villa boasts an amazing location... Backing onto a beautifully...
$259,900
Condo: White Cliff Estates
2
Beds
1
Baths
769
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
16
Days on Site
A1214042
MLS®
Welcome to White Cliff Estates, a warm and welcoming 55+ complex with an incredible community centre that is surrounded by beautiful trees, walking paths, & most importantly - like-minded and...
$474,900
Neighbourhood: Douglasdale/Glen
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,111
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
18
Days on Site
A1212920
MLS®
Welcome to the Douglasbank Gardens. This property is a fully finished bungalow backing onto a park and only steps to the Bow River walking path. A welcoming main floor with lots of natural light this...
$537,448
Neighbourhood: Bridlewood
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,186
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
23
Days on Site
A1210330
MLS®
Peaceful Villa Paradise. Luxury and comfortable living are offered in this stunning, original owner Bungalow Villa tucked away in a secluded, beautifully landscaped corner of Bridlewood. Adult 55+...
$270,000
Neighbourhood: Rundle
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,033
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
25
Days on Site
A1206816
MLS®
55+ Adult Condo on a quiet Cul-de-sac. This is a 1/2 Duplex condo with an Attached GARAGE and the Fee is only $185. per month!! This spacious bungalow is freshly painted and
offers a...
$240,000
Condo: White Cliff Estates
2
Beds
1
Baths
763
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
63
Days on Site
A1195623
MLS®
This updated 2 bedroom bungalow style townhouse backs onto a lovely treed green space and is ideally located within a wonderfully managed, friendly and quiet 55+ complex. Enjoy maintenance-free...
$515,000
Neighbourhood: Bridlewood
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,309
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
74
Days on Site
A1189302
MLS®
Great fully finished walk out bungalow in this 55+ community. Enter to find a front office that's perfect for the work at home lifestyle, hardwood floors and a great sized kitchen and eating area....

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Calgary, AB T2J 3J1

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