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What to Know When Downsizing Your Home!

Samantha Aman

Samantha joined Acumen Real Estate Group in 2016 as our Business Development Manager...

Samantha joined Acumen Real Estate Group in 2016 as our Business Development Manager...

Feb 7 5 minutes read

When looking for a new home it is always best to consider where you are at in life. As you grow older the trend can sometimes be that bigger is always better. I believe the opposite when it comes to a home. 

A home should be a compliment to your life. Thankfully we live in a place that focuses a lot of attention on the outdoors and I LOVE that. 

Truckee and Lake Tahoe are full of so many options when it comes to living life to the fullest outdoors. Let's take a look at some reasons it may be time for YOU to downsize.

But what does it entail to “downsize” your home? More importantly, why do it?

I am ready to downsize when… 

There are many scenarios in which downsizing your home may be applicable. Maybe all of your kids are out of the house (for good this time) and that cardio equipment can only fill up so much space. Maybe you or your partner was laid off from work and you need to save money. Perhaps you are in retirement, the most popular time in life to adapt to smaller quarters. Whether these situations describe your daily life or not, look at your house and assess: Do you need all of your stuff and all of your space?

You can put some money back in your pocket

If you’re not entirely convinced that downsizing is right for you, consider your current financial situation. Swapping your current home for smaller quarters can put more money towards retirement funds or pay off the mortgage of your previous home. Not to mention, your air conditioning bill could go down, your electricity bill has the possibility of knocking off a few numbers and you won’t need to maintain as much upkeep on your home overall. But make sure that when you downscale your home, you’re downscaling costs. For example, choosing a place that may require a lot of remodeling may not help you save money on the mortgage that you would have been paying.

It’s just stuff, and yes, you can get rid of it

One of the biggest challenges that couples face when downsizing their home is finding a place to store their stuff. As time goes on, couples accrue piles of possessions, and not necessarily in a hoarding sense. Maybe you are new empty-nesters who are still holding on to some of your children’s belongings. Or maybe you’ve just had that trinket sitting on your mantle for decades. But, at the end of the day, it’s just stuff, and most of the time, you don’t need it. As Dave Ramsey points out, the average family home was less than 1,000 square feet in 1950. Today, that number is approximately 2,600 square feet and climbing. In a lot of cases, less is more, and you don’t need that stuff to keeping you from saving some money. Host a yard sale for some of these things, or contribute some of that stuff to local drives, which are usually tax deductible.

You are selling a house, not losing a home

Arguably, the biggest thing that stops couples from downsizing their home is the attachments they have to it. For some, a house harbors memories of raising a family, while others simply like every detail about the house, down to the vaulted ceilings or the proximity to the grocery store. Yet, there can be new things to look forward to when choosing a new home. Maybe in your new complex, you don’t have to worry about mowing the yard or snow blowing your driveway. May we say that downsizing could be liberating? With these things in mind, downsizing might be the breathing room that you need in this phase of your life. 

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