When your kids move out and there are too many vacant bedrooms in your large house, you obviously feel like downsizing. As there are only the two of you, and may be your family pet, you are too tired of mowing the lawn and fixing plumbing, fixing the roof and your wife keeps complaining about having to clean up a large home all by herself every day. In such a scenario, you can’t even take a long vacation, as there is a lot to plan about how you are going to handover your house to a neighbor and there is a lot of instruction for you to tell him about the things to do at your house every day, while you will be gone.
Some of the most important concerns are taking care of your flower pots in the backyard at the time of a heavy wind. Those long worrying sessions about your garden furniture, they may get harmed because of rain. Will your mail be received properly in your absence? Will your plants die without being watered for a week or two or longer? So, basically, your house is too big and you are not able to make any plans for you and your spouse, because of it.
These days’ people have started thinking out of the box and are ready to sell their less used large house and moving to a smaller condo. Read on to find out some useful tips for an individual downsizing from a large house to a condo.
1. Firstly, make a list, actually make two lists. One for the things, you want/need to keep and will be with you in the condo, then make another list, for the things that you no longer need or will need in most of your life. Dispose the things you will no longer need or just gift them to someone needy.
2. If you do not just want to dispose or donate or gift your goods, just hold a garage sale in your front yard, may be you will make some handy money out of it.
3. Now that your home is cleaner, it looks more presentable and neat. This will help you during selling of the house. A nicely decorated big house is easier to sell than a house which is messy and unorganized.
4. Now, decide on the furniture, do you really need all of them, or you can just sell out some bulky ones and keep the cozy and handy ones with you. The fact that you are moving from something like 2000 sq. ft to around 800 sq. ft can inspire you to take some bold decisions. The furniture and the beds in your kids’ bedroom are no longer going to be used now; they can be sold for a good profit.
5. Sketch a new layout for your condo or have it made by someone who can sketch, write down the measurements and pre-decide how you are going to decorate it. Doing this will give you an idea of how many things you can keep hold of and the things you need to let go off.
6. One of the most important things that people often forgets is the dining table. Since you are no longer a family of 6 living together, you should get rid of the table set of 6, and get a smaller dining table for the two of you.
7. The storage space, the store room, the basement space, these are the places where you keep some of your things and say to yourself that you will use it next summer and you will wear these boots in the prom party, but actually you don’t. In a condo, you won’t have the luxury to keep the things for usage in the future, but actually it’s a good way of life to keep only the things that you use and getting rid of so many spaces for nothing.
8. Don’t feel stressed with all the moving in and out of so many things. At the end, it will be a grand experience to live in a condo lifestyle. Your wife will no longer have to spend most of her day cleaning the house and you will not need to mow the lawn. You too can spend actual time with each other now and you can do things you love to do, the condo lifestyle in Mississauga will allow you to experience the most out of life.
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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 5/22/2019 8:48:38 AM