Downsizing and Upsizing!

Real Estate Agent with Platinum Realty, LLC KS# BR00012805

While some clients talk about downsizing, they still are wanting the amenities!

As we mature and grow into the years of enjoyment, the thought of downsizing tends to come up as a topic.  But downsizing doesn't mean giving up on the amenities of comfort, convenience and class.

So what are some of these amenities your buyer may want in their dream home

Well, how about a customized exercise room.  Use that spare bedroom to place that weight training equipment, the cardio machines, soft mats, surround sound and a HDTV.  If you have space, how about an outdoor/indoor lap pool and hot tub, that could provide a way to relax and stay in shape.

Next is the master bedroom which may include a fireplace, large walking closets with space for heated mattress pads, warming blankets, robes, towels and of course your wardrobe.  For convenience, you could add a laundry room next to the master, remote controlled window treatments and lighting, and a music and the HDTV.

Another feature that seems to be catching on is a convenient, assessable place for storing the quick get away luggage.  This way you don't have to stuff that luggage away in attic, basement, or hard to get to closet.

How about converting the bathroom into your own private spa?!  Seating in the shower, and extra long hose for the shower head for convenience, and low silhouette showers for easy access.

What about a heated driveway and sidewalks for that home?  This could be a lifesaver as well as convenience for preventing slips and falls during the winter, spring or fall (no pun intended!).

No-Mow Lawn


Finally, this one was one I hadn't even considered, no-mow lawns.  Not rock gardens, but actually green grass that you only mow maybe once a year!  Now this one I could get excited about the kind of yard even now!  These no-mow lawns are a mix of several slow-growing fescue grasses that create a dense, tough turf.  The grasses develop deep roots that allow a tolerance for drought and thrive in shade.  These grasses are low maintenance; need no fertilizer, and no watering.  What could be more convenient!

Now what are some of your client wants and wishes!


David L. Britt, MBA
Olathe, Kansas
David L. Britt Real Estate

Heritage Real Estate
The Heritage Real Estate Team
Olathe Neighbors 


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Comments (10)

Arina Hanciulescu
RealtyPros - Las Vegas, NV

Great tips... I love the master bedroom upgradings... and of-course the bathroom with your own private spa. Sounds great to me.

Sep 22, 2007 10:44 AM
David L. Britt
Platinum Realty, LLC - Olathe, KS
Arina, yeah, I could learn to relax with that available!  Although my wife may disagree!
Sep 29, 2007 09:04 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy David

Some very fine tips you have posted.

Thanks for the link also.

Have a good one

Sep 30, 2007 07:11 AM
Pat Hommel
Annapolis Plaza CB Residential and Commercial - Annapolis, MD
Annapolis, AA Co., Md. Real Estate Sales
David,   I love the bathroom spa idea and think I will use this in my own condo I bought a few months that is in need of updating.  And I'm using some space to build another closet which will house those items like luggage, sewing machine, large cooking gadgets, etc.  Thanks for these ideas.  Where do I buy the "No Mow Lawn Seed"?
Sep 30, 2007 08:08 AM
David L. Britt
Platinum Realty, LLC - Olathe, KS
Dale, Hope you found it helpful!  Thanks for commenting.
Oct 08, 2007 02:46 PM
David L. Britt
Platinum Realty, LLC - Olathe, KS
Pat, talk to your neighborhood landscaping or seed company, they will know about it or google it online for the closet contact.  Thanks for commenting!
Oct 08, 2007 02:49 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK
All of these sound like great ideas. Good Post. Thanks!
Jan 20, 2008 12:33 PM
Robert Mayo
Mayo Auction & Realty - Your Kansas City Auctioneer - Kansas City, MO
One of the biggest challenges of downsizing is where to put all the extra stuff you no longer have room for. There are a lot of good options for turning that "stuff" into cash to help pay for the move. Something to think about.
Jan 22, 2008 12:41 PM
Tim Ludemann
Ochopee, FL

Great blog very helpful thanks for the site and the tips

Nov 24, 2008 02:44 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

David,  Those are excellent points.  My husband is quite arthritic - I really like the driveway idea for him.  Well done,  Karen

Jan 06, 2009 03:50 AM