Downsizing During Retirement

Jane Brown

Retirement often comes with innumerable changes in a person’s lifestyle. It is an exciting phase of life associated with financial freedom and big plans, such as downsizing a home. Typically, This involves purchasing a smaller house than the current one. Downsizing is a real opportunity to save and enjoy equity from the home sale. As a retiree, this means less upkeep, low bills, and more time doing things you love doing. However, to see through this process, it involves researching the best states to settle and considering various aspects such as taxes, health care, and the cost of living.

According to real estate experts, the majority of retirees opt to downsize their homes owing to a variety of reasons as discussed below:

High Home Maintenance Cost

Age comes with a decline in health and the ability to perform demanding household chores. Therefore, a larger home is a burden to retirees when it comes to attending to daily house tasks. Downsizing gives them an option to move into a smaller home near their family where they can get help with home maintenance. Living closer to loved ones allows them to focus on their healthy life. However, if the family is distant, you can opt for moving to stratified communities that offer critical amenities without moving far distances.

Smaller houses with excellent features fit aging individuals in leveraging the amount of upkeep at an older age. They can still have some style in their smaller home by adding a custom sliding barn door. These trendy doors are easy to slide open or shut and gives them the ease of being able to divide a room, if necessary.

Living in a Larger Home Alone

Having your kids leave home is a significant change in terms of company and socialization. It can cause loneliness since the ones you love the most are now gone to cater to their life responsibilities. At some point, this may affect your daily motivation and routine. The space children used to fill in the house becomes more extensive for your needs. Such unused rooms will elevate the cost of upkeep and property taxes, yet they are not used. Downsizing to a home that suits your lifestyle the best will help in eradicating such expenses and increase your retirement workflows. This can enhance you to make investments that generate cash flow and create a reverse mortgage. Reverse mortgages allow individuals to stay in their homes and convert them into a lifetime income stream.

Increment of Home Value

If you have been living in a home for quite some time, chances are its value has appreciated. This is if it has been well maintained. Many homebuyers will want to purchase it. All you need is to be assertive on the real estate market to get maximum profit from the house. Such investment can lighten your financial load by extending your savings for retirement. This allows you to have flexibility in your retirement based on the amount of money that you have saved.

Increased Monthly Housing Expenses

While working, housing costs may fit comfortably within your budget. Retiring can unexpectedly push your expenses to over thirty percent of your regular payments. The National Housing Act recommends standard housing affordability of thirty percent. Therefore, any individual paying over thirty percent of their pay is considered financially troubled. Despite the moving expenses associated with downsizing, living in a smaller space reduces the cost of utilities, property taxes, and maintenance. This reduces monthly debt and increases the monthly cash flow.

Housing Features No Longer Fit Your Lifestyle

There may be many features you might be passionate about in your home while working. However, as time moves on, you develop disinterest in them. For example, you might have loved your home’s closeness to a nearby elementary school because of your kids. But after your kids grow and move out, you now find noise irritation from the school. Furthermore, features such as staircases or a steep driveway may take a physical toll as you grow older. Weather can also be a consideration since shoveling snow becomes more difficult with each passing year. Besides, since you’re only using a few rooms, it makes no sense to pay for heating, cooling, and lighting rooms that you don’t use.

There are many things to think about when retiring. Using good common sense will get you where you need to be to enjoy those retirement years. You deserve it.

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired three decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement (Your Simple Path to FIRE) and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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