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Am I Ready to Downsize to a Smaller House?



Choosing the right time to downsize your home is a personal process. Not only does it impact your lifestyle and everyday responsibilities, but there are unique financial and logistical considerations too. 

At the end of the day, making the leap to a smaller home can help you make the most out of the next chapter of your life – whatever that may look like to you. 

In this blog, we’ll look at some of the things you (and your family) should consider when thinking about downsizing. 

Thinking about downsizing from your family home? Click here to read our list of five reasons downsizing in West Toronto is easier than you think

Do I Have Too Much Space?

In West Toronto, one of the most common reasons that homeowners downsize is because they simply no longer need the space. 

Having extra rooms, greater square footage, and a larger yard is great in theory, but it also means there’s more to clean and maintain. These responsibilities can be stressful and aren’t always necessary – especially if you have fewer people living in the home than before. 

Empty nesters, for example, often find themselves with more space than they need once their children have grown and moved out. Downsizing to a smaller place gives them the opportunity to cut back on chores, repairs, and other duties. If you’re in a similar situation, downsizing to a smaller home can help you spend more time doing the things you enjoy by cutting back on home maintenance. 

Looking for more resources about downsizing in West Toronto? Check out these blog posts. 

What’s My Financial Plan For Retirement?

Because many downsizers are also empty nesters, it’s no surprise that this kind of move often aligns with homeowners entering retirement. Retirement is an amazing and exciting time in one’s life, however, it also requires careful financial planning. 

Because your home is probably your largest financial asset, downsizing can be a major part of how you build your budget. Put simply, a smaller house usually comes with a smaller price tag – and making the switch can offer significant financial benefits. 

Speaking generally, downsizing presents an opportunity to unlock equity tied up in a larger home and use those funds to plan for and enjoy your next chapter. You can use the returns from your current home to bolster retirement savings, travel, or pursue other passions. 

On top of this, downsizing in West Toronto can also lead to reduced property taxes, utility bills, and maintenance costs, freeing up more of your budget for whatever is important to you.

Am I Ready For a Change in Lifestyle?

Another thing to consider when thinking about downsizing is what your ideal lifestyle will look like as you enter the next chapter of your life. Downsizing to a smaller house can be the fresh start you’ve been looking for. You may be looking for a lot of change, or just a little. Luckily, there are options for everyone. 

In a diverse real estate landscape like West Toronto, downsizing opens up the possibility of exploring new neighbourhoods and communities, meeting new people and discovering new ways to enjoy your life. Or if you’re looking to relocate to a new city, or province, or even become a snowbird, downsizing can be an opportunity to make that dream a reality. 

Successfully selling your home is the foundation for a smooth downsizing process. To learn more about maximizing the sale of your home, explore these blog posts. 

Is My Home Current Home Accessible Enough?

One of the challenges that can come with a larger home is accessibility. During your golden years, your health and wellness needs may evolve, which can impact how well-suited you are to your home. Downsizing to a more manageable space can help you find or create a living space that’s better suited to your changing needs. Your real estate agent can help you find homes with high-priority features like single-level living, accessibility modifications, or a low-maintenance yard.

Looking for a seamless downsizing process that can help you enter the next chapter of your life with ease? We’re here to help. Send us an email or call 416-769-6050 to get started. 

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