Is it Time to Downsize?

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Real Estate Agent with Buyer's Edge Company Inc
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We became Empty Nester's this week. We dropped our daughter off at college and drove home in a bit of a daze. 

 

Victoria Henderson downsizing

 

Danny Zuker, the writer and Executive Producer of Modern Family recently tweeted-

"My twin girls left 4 college this week but I'm trying to stay positive as I start this exciting new chapter of my life where I wait to die."

Marshall and I are feeling a little more positive than Zuker but we do appreciate his sentiment. Our home is a reflection of a life shared with our children.

We now have two empty bedrooms that will stay empty until Thanksgiving break. But for now, we are staying in our 2600 square foot house. It's not too large for the two of us and we want the space when family and friends spend time during the holidays.

Are you ready to downsize?

It's a big step! Here are a few things to consider before you downsize and sell your current home.

  • Will your children need to move back home? We've watched our friends welcome home their children after they've graduated from college. The cost of a college education is ridiculously expensive. Many young people need to move back home to save money.
  • Is it a good time to sell your home? Research home sales in your neighborhood and community. It may make sense to wait a year or two before you sell your home.
  • How will downsizing affect your lifestyle? Entertaining family and friends in a smaller house can be a challenge. If you are downsizing, consider how you use your current home and what habits you would change if you were in a smaller space.
  • Ready for a walkable neighborhood? Many empty nesters are moving to walkable neighborhoods. The idea of walking to a coffee shop or restaurant is very appealing. When you downsize, you have the option of moving to the country or the city. Whatever you feel fits your lifestyle. My friend moved to Washington D.C. and now entertains family and friends at local restaurants. She loves that she has no clean-up after a big family meal!
  • Read Marie Kondo's books! The Life-Changing Magic of  Tidying Up changed my life. When my mother passed away several years ago, we had to clean out her house. The task would have been overwhelming had I not read Marie Kondo's book. She has written another book titled, Spark Joy  a comprehensive manual on how to declutter and organize your home and life. 

Downsizing begins with thoughtful conversations about what matters most in your life. 

 

Here's Marie Kondo's Tidying-Up Lesson

 

KonMari Method

Links for Downsizing

Tidying Up

Spark Joy an illustrated master class on the art of organization

How to Downsize your Home 

House Beautiful on what not to throw out when downsizing

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Victoria Henderson is Vice President & Associate Broker with Buyer's Edge, Exclusive Buyer Agent & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. Victoria is a certified Military Relocation Professional 

 

 

Marshall Henderson is a Certified Negotiation Expert & Exclusive Buyer Agent with Buyer's Edge & Realtor in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC

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Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
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We have found that downsizing is hard when you need the space for the family to visit....grandchildren need their space!

Aug 25, 2016 03:39 AM #1
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Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
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With more and more baby boomers retiring and the last of their children moving out, downsizing and relocating is becoming more of the norm for the age group.

Aug 25, 2016 04:59 AM #2
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Victoria Ray Henderson
Buyer's Edge Company Inc - Bethesda, MD
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I agree Gary L Waters! I dont want to downsize because I want everyone to have room to visit and spend the night.

Thanks for reading our blog and have a great weekend!

Aug 25, 2016 09:41 AM #3
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Victoria Ray Henderson
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And that's the other side of the coin Donna Foerster, some people want to relocate to their dream location. It's funny that a few of my friends did this and now have regrets because they are farther away from loved ones. 

Thanks for reading our blog and have a great weekend

Aug 25, 2016 09:43 AM #4
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