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Use Downsizing to Your Advantage

by Delray Beach Real Estate Pros 01/06/2019

People downsize their living-space for all kinds of reasons. Making the decision to downsize shouldn't be a negative experience and shouldn't feel like your downgrading your home. Follow these tips to level up your lifestyle and home enjoyment while downsizing your accommodations.

Find a space that works for you.

You might be moving from a large home with a big kitchen or dining area to a more compact condo or cottage and feel like you're losing a lot of space. Think about how your current home is laid out and what parts you utilize the most. If you love your big kitchen, then search for a highly functional, if smaller, kitchen space. Pay attention to how you move through your kitchen now, is it fluid to go between different cooking, prep and cleaning areas? You might find that in reality, you run around your kitchen and loose efficiency. Look for a more compact, but well-appointed kitchen in your new home search and find an even better space for the cooking and entertaining you love. 

Modernize your home view

Your current home may have significant square footage, but how is it laid out? Are there lots of walls and hallways separating your rooms? What height are your ceilings? Does your house have a plethora of windows? Many modern homes have great open layouts. Shared space—a kitchen that opens to your living room, for example—makes both areas feel more substantial. Consider a condo or loft that has extra high ceilings and employ vertical storage to give height and openness to your living space. Finally, windows, windows, windows. Look for a home with large windows, and lots of them. Opening your house up to the beautiful outdoors and letting in lots of natural light gives your home the most added feeling of enlarged space. 

Make your new rooms work double for you.

Amenities. Amenities. Amenities. 

In your home search consider narrowing in on communities with amenities that improve your lifestyle. Community gyms, pools, clubhouses, dog parks, and even a golf course are great opportunities to add to your lifestyle and help you make new connections. Properties with large green areas, barbecue pits, and trees make you feel like the whole community is your backyard. Associations that take care of maintaining your yard or washing windows can reduce the time you spend on home upkeep and free you up to live your life.

No matter the reason for your downsize take the smart steps to make it work for you and help you upgrade your living. Before you start your home search consult with your real estate professional about the best way to find the right space for you.

About the Author

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Delray Beach Real Estate Pros

With a 18-year track record of exceptional customer service, Diana Byrne specializes in single-family condos, oceanfront homes, golf course communities, and investment properties in Delray Beach, Highland Beach, and Boca Raton. A member of the National Association of Realtors® and the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches, she prides herself on knowing the market, providing personalized attention, and handling every phase of the transaction with the utmost professionalism. "Diana is a great Realtor® and I would highly recommend her," comments one of her previous clients online. "She has an extensive knowledge of the local market, immediately honed in on what I was looking for, and negotiated the deal well." Adds another satisfied customer who has already bought two properties through Diana: "She is a very patient, reliable business agent, with excellent ethics." Born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, Diana graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Real Estate Broker License and Realtor License from Florida's Gold Coast School of Real Estate. In 1998, she relocated to Wellington, Florida, and currently resides in Boca Raton, whereas during her off time, she enjoys traveling, reading, tennis, golf, boating, beach activities, and cooking. She also contributes to the community by helping to paint shelters for the disabled and distribute food and clothing for the homeless.