In general, most people try and find the perfect home for their family – a bedroom for each of the kids, a large kitchen for family dinners and a yard for the pups to run around in. But when the kids get older and leave the nest, you can be left with a home that may need too much upkeep and what was once cozy may leave you with the feeling of emptiness. You may even be thinking that the place you’ve been calling home is now just a house that you are no longer in love with. And that’s completely okay! Downsizing to a new home can start the next adventure in your life. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the top reason why people move are for a new home that would fit their lifestyle.
But how do you begin the process of downsizing? Here are a few ideas to consider and get you started on this new journey.
- Plan ahead. Downsizing isn’t something that can happen easily overnight, it can take some serious planning. You have to be able to come up with a rough idea on when you want to move into a smaller home.
- Another major question that you need to answer is what you are looking for in your next home. Do you desire one floor living? How much smaller of a home are you searching for? Do you want a new construction or a renovation project?
- Downsizing can be hard, especially if you have a deep attachment to the material things in your home. Not everything can come with you when you transition to a smaller home, so take the time to go through all of the items that have been collected throughout the years and evaluate if they are necessary to have in your new place. You might be shocked to see how many wine glasses and knife sets or bathroom towels you have hidden away in your house.
- When in doubt, get an objective opinion. According to the wonderful home improvement TV channel, HGTV, sometimes we need to accept help in sorting and packing your belongings. They recommend considering hiring a professional organizer who can offer an objective opinion when you’re trying to decide what you really need to eliminate or donate to charity.
From the glimmer of an idea to a full home design, Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc. can help make your downsizing transition a much smoother process. Whether that involves designing a new home or rehabbing a pre-existing building, with our help, you have the ability to re-imagine any space to fit your needs.
If you have the talent for downsizing and want to embrace the great outdoors more, consider building a tiny home. The Tiny Life describes the typical American home to be around 2,600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house definition is a home with square footage is between 100 and 400 square feet. While downsizing that extreme may seem intense, tiny homes allows individuals to gain huge financial advantages and the ability to live a lifestyle filled with adventure.
Yingst Engineers & Associates, Inc. has the design and engineering services you need to ensure the success of your dream home. Our professional staff believes in working directly with the you, the homeowner, and the builder to make your ideas, wants and needs come alive.
Contact our office today at 717-533-3346 to speak to one of our design professionals to get your downsizing experience off to the right start or click here to send us a message!