Five Vital Red Flags That It's Time To Downsize Regardless Of Your Age
How Do You Know When It’s Time To Downsize?
As a REALTOR® and Decluttering Specialist in Regina, SK., I have come across many people facing down the barrel of downsizing. Unfortunately, they act on it too late in many cases, leaving an overwhelming stress load on themselves and the entire family. Downsizing is one of the most challenging transitions a person will ever have to go through, so it's important that it's tackled early, on your timeline, and have your say on how you will live your life. But how do you know when it's time to downsize? It's not a specific age but rather a time in your life when you want to change your lifestyle to improve your quality of life. You could be 35, 65, or 80... the number is trivial, but these are the most common red flags that are vital signs that you should consider downsizing.
Five Signals That It's Time To Downsize
It's difficult to safely get around your property: If you are dealing with mobility issues to safely navigate your stairs, bathrooms, and getting down to the basement, this may be a sign that you should be looking to either make adaptations to your existing home or consider finding something more accessible to independently live on your own. Safety is your number one priority, and if you are limited to only certain places in your home, then things need to change for your quality of life.
- Maintenance is overwhelming: This is a crucial sign at any age that if you can't keep up with yard work, daily cleaning, and general house maintenance, both physically and financially, downsizing may be easier on the wallet and your back! Downsizing isn't just about letting go; it's about making space for the things that truly matter.
- You'd rather be traveling: Perhaps you have more important priorities than paying and maintaining a permanent address and would like to travel more. Or you may have other dreams like starting a small business, living more minimally, or your family wants you to be closer. There are other things in life more important than up-keeping an oversized home that is taking up your mind space, and the key may be to downsize to make these bucket list items a reality.
- The Expanding Empty Nest: Have the kids flown the coop, and you're left with rooms echoing with silence? While the memories linger, it might be time to consider a cozier nest that suits your current lifestyle. If you have rooms or even entire floors that are rarely being used, this may be your signal to make a move. Downsizing can turn an empty nest into a vibrant, low-maintenance haven where you can fully embrace this new chapter of your life.
- Your income can't sustain this lifestyle: The cost of living has spiked over the last few years, and you may have realized that keeping up this mortgage is not sustainable, and you would much rather live in a more modest home than fall into significant debt. You may be an emergency away from living paycheck to paycheck, stressing you out daily. Being financially tapped is a massive sign that living with less may be a savvy financial play, improving your quality of life and overall mental health.
How Do I Begin?
As your dedicated REALTOR®, I'm here to guide you through every step, ensuring a smooth transition with your downsize. Remember, downsizing isn't just about space; it's about making the most of your investment—both in your home and your life. Let's embark on this downsizing journey together, creating a space that reflects the vibrant, joyful life you deserve. Ready to declutter and downsize with a sprinkle of joy? Reach out to me, and let's turn your downsizing dreams into reality! 🏡✨
Jessica Dunn is a REALTOR® and Declutter Specialist with JC Realty Regina. 306.531.8578 | [email protected]