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.

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$375,000
Condo: Horizon Lincoln Park
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,069
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
2
Days on Site
A2002074
MLS®
Horizon Village is a lovely well kept highly sought-after townhouse complex. This end unit with features vaulted ceilings, East/ West exposures allowing morning sunlight to illuminate the kitchen.....
$499,900
Neighbourhood: Harvest Hills
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,169
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
6
Days on Site
A2002213
MLS®
Welcome home to 216 Harvest Grove Pl NE - this 18+ Adult living WALKOUT villa-style bungalow features 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms on 2 levels and quiet cul-de-sac location. The main level showcases...
$699,900
Neighbourhood: Bridlewood
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,512
Sq.Ft.
2009
Year Built
7
Days on Site
A2002552
MLS®
Don t miss this rare opportunity to own an elegant former show home, in the beautiful 55+ community of Bridle Estates! Say goodbye to snow removal and lawn maintenance (included in the low monthly...
$275,000
Neighbourhood: Dover
2
Beds
1
Baths
906
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
10
Days on Site
A1258343
MLS®
VALUE ALERT! If you are in that "time to downsize and enjoy" stage of life look no further.
This 900+ sq ft villa style bungalow with a with insulated front attached garage and very practical...
Open 10/1
3504 26A St SE Calgary, AB T2B 3G8
$225,000
Condo: White Cliff Estates
2
Beds
1
Baths
762
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
21
Days on Site
A1256234
MLS®
Must see! Park in your own driveway, enter the front door into a bright, well-kept unit that has everything you might need. Very cozy living accommodation with lots of natural sunlight. Enjoy...
$675,000
Neighbourhood: Patterson
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,716
Sq.Ft.
1992
Year Built
21
Days on Site
A1256665
MLS®
Welcome to the Brickburn, gated adult (18+) villa bungalows in highly desirable Patterson. No more grass cutting, snow removal, simply enjoy life! You are treated with an open concept bungalow...
$559,900
Condo: Horizon Village Varsity
3
Beds
2
Baths
986
Sq.Ft.
1988
Year Built
33
Days on Site
A1254252
MLS®
This stunningly updated 3 bedroom, end unit bungalow-style townhouse with central air conditioning is ideally located within a wonderfully managed, friendly and quiet 55+ complex. Enjoy...
$534,500
Condo: Shannon Estates Villas
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,230
Sq.Ft.
2003
Year Built
41
Days on Site
A1252651
MLS®
Best in Shannon Estates! One of the largest floorplans in the development. Welcome to this perfectly maintained, sunny south-facing, Two-bedroom three-bathroom Bungalow Villa in the sought-after...
$280,000
Condo: Dovely Court
2
Beds
2
Baths
756
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
42
Days on Site
A1252028
MLS®
Are you tired of maintaining a house and too much stuff and want a 55+ condo with the same feel as a house, without extra work or wasted space inside or out that your house may have. THIS IS IT!...
$295,000
Neighbourhood: Rundle
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,085
Sq.Ft.
1990
Year Built
46
Days on Site
A1251304
MLS®
Welcome to your home...a 55+ Duplex condo with LOW CONDO FEES located at the Heritage Villas on a quiet and friendly cul-de-sac. This spacious bungalow features a vaulted ceiling in the bright living...
$788,500
Neighbourhood: Signal Hill
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,149
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
61
Days on Site
A1243057
MLS®
Gorgeous and exclusive high-end walkout Villa situated in the premium SW community of Signal Hill. Extensive renovation overseen by a licensed project manager and an interior design firm with top...
$475,000
Neighbourhood: Bridlewood
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,309
Sq.Ft.
2005
Year Built
63
Days on Site
A1241618
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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