If you follow our blog, then you know that we often talk about the concept of downsizing as this is the term that most frequently comes to mind as we age. But if we have learned anything over the years in serving seniors and working with our preferred move managers, it is that getting older does not always mean having to do with less.
If there is one challenge that we see with the use of the word downsizing – it is the negative connotations that go with it. Less space. Less amenities. Less access to what you love. Less quality of life. But wait… these are myths and not often realities. Therefore, we encourage you to consider the movement of rightsizing – in which your goal is not to do with less, but to identify the home that fits your lifestyle best.
That may mean a smaller home in a more desirable location.
That may mean a larger home in a more affordable location.
That may mean a smaller residence in a more amenity-filled community.
That may mean less land with much larger views.
Next Avenue, the popular publication for older Americans has insisted that “… for a growing number of midlifers and seniors, the next move in life isn’t about downsizing or upsizing: It’s about rightsizing.”
Seniorpedia explains the concept as “there is a right size of ‘home’ for every stage of life.”
Smart Living 365 defines rightsizing as “the opportunity to create a lifestyle that focuses on the things that are most important to me.”
Whatever rightsizing means to you, we encourage you to redefine your next move on your terms. Your situation, your needs and goals should drive what cost, size and amenities your next home will have. If the process will result in more of what you do want and less of what you don’t… than rightsizing success has been achieved!
As always, please do not hesitate if you could benefit from support weighing the pros and cons of what is best for you.
All my best,
Bobbi Decker, SRES®, CIPS®
Broker Associate, Today Sotheby’s International Realty
Bobbi Decker & Associates
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