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Are you ready to right-size your home?
Right-sizing your home implies right-sizing your lifestyle; it’s all about assessing your needs and putting your happiness first.
Busy days with the kids running downstairs for breakfast and filling a pool in the backyard for summer afternoons might be over, but big two-stories homes with too many rooms and a lot of dust to clean remain. Life changes, and so do your priorities and needs. Hanging on to empty rooms and old furniture might be an acceptable way of aging for some, but for many it certainly isn’t a choice that would make a lifetime of hard work worth it.
A right-sized home is a happier home
Years pass and you may not have the energy or the desire to do tiring chores as you did before. A larger house implies greater physical demands, whether to maintain your backyard, or just climbing up and down the stairs and dusting rooms and items you don’t even use. You also might be feeling cluttered and uncomfortable with tons of items you’ve collected through the years and things other family members left behind, without enough space to carry on your new projects or to receive family and friends.
Most seniors are comfortable with down-sizing to a more manageable new home, which allows them to refocus their time in more satisfying activities, rather than taking care of a home with more space than they need. You should be able to relax at home, and be surrounded by things and people that increase your happiness and well-being.
You may think of reasons not to consider the right-sized home, nonetheless, old memories and objects shouldn’t take up opportunities to create new memories or prevent you from spending your time on more fruitful and enjoyable tasks. A major factor to consider moving to a new home community is the possibility to be near your children and grandchildren, which surpasses greatly the amount of joy twenty boxes in the attic might give you! Active adult communities provide multiple options for you to recreate and focus your energies in new and enjoyable tasks.
And think of the cost-savings
Maintenance of a pool, mowing a big lawn, repainting and making repairs are costs that may not be worth paying for if you rarely benefit from them. Older homes also tend to lessen their value over time, require more expensive repairs, and lack the upgrades you can find in new homes, such as lower electricity consumption, more efficient heating systems, better ventilation and other features. Spending your income on a larger, older home means less money to invest in hobbies and travels.
Lower insurance often comes with smaller homes as well, and a new home implies less money invested in repairs and maintenance. What about spending that extra money to visit your new grandchild? Going on vacation in that country you always dreamed about? Maybe volunteering at that non-profit you always considered important?
Are you thinking about right-sizing? Add up the benefits of buying a new home. While you’re thinking about your next home, take a look at the new maintenance-free homes of Corbinton communities we’re building here in North Carolina. Blue Heel Development’s team members will meet with you to help you write your next story! Please check out our beautiful new home plans here or contact us to schedule a meeting!