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When is the right time to scale back?

At some point in our lives, most of us will have to deal with selling the home we’ve lived in for many years and moving into something smaller. It will likely be a difficult decision.

Many make the mistake of waiting too long to move into a smaller home. Sometimes, they put off downsizing until a death or an illness occurs. Then the move may become an absolute necessity. Having to sell quickly is always a disadvantage for home sellers. In addition, when people are forced to move quickly they often don’t have time to find the perfect living situation – and they may have to compromise.

Before you begin your own rightsizing analysis, forget about traditional room names and focus on the household activities that occur in each space. Define your daily habits; see where they logically take you. Surprisingly, you’ll likely discover rooms can be repurposed while others can shrink – or disappear entirely. Be honest with yourself. The objective is to still maintain your lifestyle of choice – without the added surplus space and increased monthly costs.

Advance planning will reduce the trauma of downsizing. Do your research and figure out exactly where you’d like to move before selling your existing home. An experienced realtor like Mary Bateman understands housing markets in Barrie and will be a valuable ally.

Get lots of help when you’re downsizing and don’t try to do it all by yourself. Call upon family and friends to assist – not to move appliances and your favourite couch, but to help pack, for example.

Think on this; when you can see from one room into another, the new space will feel bigger. Well-proportioned rooms and large windows that spread natural light will enhance your enjoyment of it.

Buying or selling your home? Consider Mary Bateman, a professional real estate agent with considerable expertise and knowledge of the residential home and condominium market in Barrie and Simcoe County. Call Mary Bateman today at RE/MAX Chay Realty Inc. at 705-722-7100 or toll free 866-606-2429. Get to know Mary at or on Facebook. A convenient call or a click away.

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