No matter how much you love your home, there will come a time when your house simply won’t fit your needs anymore. Perhaps your home feels too roomy now that your kids have gone off to college. Or maybe you’re just tired of lugging the vacuum cleaner up the stairs and are ready to purchase a smaller, single story home. Whatever your reasons, here are 5 things to consider before you downsize.
1) Know Your “Why”
It pays to keep your “why” firmly in the front of your mind. For most people, downsizing is not an easy task. You’ll likely need to spend a considerable amount of time decluttering and going through all the things you’ve accumulated after years in your current home. Having a strong reason to get to the finish line will keep you motivated when you’d rather throw in the towel.
2) Separate Yours Wants and Needs
As with any other home shopping experience, you’ll need to separate your needs from your wants before you start looking. This will allow you use your time more efficiently and help you avoid buyer’s remorse down the line. For tips on separating your wants from your needs, check out my recent blog.
3) Know How Small is Too Small
It’s important that you don’t get too hung up on purchasing the smallest possible home. Take time to think about the spaces you most enjoy in your current home, your hobbies, and how much time you plan to spend in your new house. You may find that “downsizing” really means downsizing on your monthly costs, not square footage.
4) Consider Your Costs
It seems simple on paper: smaller house = cheaper mortgage = more money in your pocket. But that’s not always the case. Particularly if you’re moving to a condo community, make sure you’ve factored in HOA and mello-roos fees. If your primary reason for downsizing is to save money, you’ll want to keep track of these “hidden” fees to ensure your monthly housing costs will truly be reduced.
You should also take into account how much it will cost to move and furnish a new space. Many times, people who downsize find themselves having to purchase all new furniture that will actually fit into their new space. A visit to a local furniture store can help you estimate your costs.
5) Explore Neighborhoods
San Diego truly has a neighborhood to fit every lifestyle. Just because you’ve spent the last twenty years in the same location doesn’t mean you have to buy another property in the same area. Imagining the possibilities is part of the fun of house hunting. Spend some time checking out communities before narrowing your list down to a couple to focus on during your search.
While it can be difficult to say goodbye to a beloved home full of wonderful memories, downsizing can be a fun and exciting adventure! If you’re thinking of making a change, I’d love to help you through this next step – give me a call to get started!