Use Downsizing to Your Advantage

by Joan Alipo 01/14/2019

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.

  • Invest in a home with open kitchen, living, and dining spaces so you can entertain and remain a part of the activity while creating a meal or prepping drinks.
  • Combine your office, guest and craft rooms into one multi-functional space. Use modern storage and office systems to keep your room organized and ready to use for any purpose. Find a great sofa bed for seating and guest use or go old-school with a built-in Murphy bed with added shelving on the exterior. 
  • Use combination appliances like a stacking washer and dryer or upgrade to front loading systems that you can put under the countertop or build a worktable over.
  • Look for outdoor space that maximizes your interior space. French doors or a big sliding door that opens your living or dining room up to your patio expands your useable entertaining space. Find a home with a balcony off the master bedroom and extend your feeling of outdoor space. 

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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Joan Alipo

Jupiter Joan Opening Doors For You!

Joan Alipo is a licensed real estate agent in Florida for 20+ yrs. Joan's coverage area includes Jupiter, Tequesta, Juno Beach, North Palm, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound, Stuart, Palm City.

I welcome the opportunity to navigate the changing Real Estate Market and assist you in your Real Estate Objectives.

As a Listing Agent, I will provide local knowledge about housing statistics, schools and communities. I will maximize the return on your home, by providing a Market Evaluation. I provide strong Marketing and Negotiation Skills. Your home will be in front of hundreds of potential buyers. I have experience selling Real Estate in the area and have a network of existing buyers and agents.

As a Selling Agent, my research will provide you with accurate and real time data. I will educate you to the current market conditions thus strengthening your offer without the worry of overpaying, while always ensuring that each transaction adheres to the strict code of ethics. 

I provide professional Expertise, Personal Service, Exceptional Communication and Support thru Closing and After, I have a support team which provides Concierge Service to all my clients.

I also connect with policy makers and industry experts at the Local, State and National levels. My involvement helps in fighting taxes and laws that would adversely affect Homeowner's Rights or the American dream of Homeownership.

Please, give me a call and let's get started on your journey!

Joan Alipo also known as Jupiter Joan!

Membership/Credentials

NAR, National Association of Realtors, FR. Florida Realtors Association, JTHS Association of Realtors, RAPB-GFLR, Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and Greater Ft. Lauderdale

Credentials: CIPS, Certified International Specialist, Global Luxury, TRC, Transnational Referral Certified, CRS, Certified Residential Specialist, CNS,Certified Negotiation Specialist, CMS, Certified Marketing Specialist, AHWD, At Home With Diversity, RSPS, Resort and Second Homes Specialist, Cartus Relocation Specialist, NAR President Liaison to Denmark.

Awards: FR Realtor Associate of the Year, JTHS Realtor of the Year, FR, Rock Star for Global Business, FR, Passion for the Profession, Customer Excellence Award, Lifetime Professional Achievement, FR/RAPB-GFTLR Honor Society.