In 2008 my husband, Bill, and I started casually talking about moving into a smaller home. Our girls were out of the house, he was planning on early retirement and neither of us were interested in taking care of a big house any longer. So, we decided to start looking around to see where we might want to live and figure out what kind of house we really wanted.
As I am the data driven one in the relationship I decided to make a list of things we wanted or needed based on some practical points.
- The first was pretty simple, how much space did we really need? I calculated the floor space of the rooms we actually used in the house. Obviously we were comfortable living in that size space since we were already doing it.
- How much did we want to pay and where did we want to live? As anyone who has recently been researching real estate these 2 items go hand in hand. There are areas of Denver where you can pay $500,000 for a 1,500 sq ft house or you can pay $200,000 for a the same size house. We certainly didn’t want to increase our monthly mortgage to get a smaller house so we had to concentrate on areas that met our needs: nice neighborhoods, easy access to parks, shopping and downtown, access to light rail and potential for appreciation of our investment.
- Once we had the area picked out it was time to starting looking. A few days of looking and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of various features of homes we were able to make a list of ‘must haves’, ‘would like to have’, ‘would be okay’ and ‘deal breakers’.
If you’re ready to take the leap and downsize to your perfect next home, contact me, I’d love to help.
I am a licensed real estate broker in the state of Colorado with over 10 years of comprehensive experience in real estate.