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Are you ready to downsize your home?

Whether you're considering downsizing when your children go to college, as your retirement plans are finally close, or you realize that maintaining your current home is not as reasonable as it used to be, there are great housing options available to you.  There are many reasons that it makes sense to downsize to a smaller, ranch style (single story) home or condo -  especially when it means you don't need to worry about mowing and snow removal!   Here are some tips to help you in the decision to downsize.

You can always get help throughout the process from Jessica Ball, a realtor with experience in helping to find a home more suitable to your needs and to assist you in selling your current home.  Contact me to get a list of homes that meet the criteria you are looking for, or see all ranch (single story) homes for sale here and condos for sale here.

  • Start planning your downsizing in advance and set some goals. Talk with your spouse, family and children to make sure that everyone is on the same page.  This can help avoid hurt feelings down the road.
  • Decide on your needs and wants.  How many guest bedrooms and how much large furniture do you really want and need moving forward?  Will you be hosting family gatherings and have guests staying overnight often enough to justify extra bedrooms? What items do you not need to take with your to your next home to accommodate your new lifestyle?  Do you need all of the sentimental items that you have or are some ready to be handed down?  These decisions should be a reflection of how you want to spend your time and resources moving forward.
  • Choose a few quality items over quantity of items and focus on the things that bring your joy and distinction (see Marie Kondo's web page or watch her show Tidying Up on Netflix)
  • Make a decision to get rid of clutter.  
  • Include your family in sorting and packing.  If you really need some guidance or even someone to do the work for you, there are many professional services out there to assist you with sorting items, selling items, and throughout the entire move.  I am happy to recommend some great local services in Peoria and East Peoria.

 


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  1. Photo of 1919 W Courtside Drive, Unit 16B, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1209311)
    27
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,582 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    MLS PA1209311
  2. Photo of 209 W Aspen Way, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1209434)
    17
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    3,066 sqft  
    MLS PA1209434
  3. Photo of 56 Prairie Village Place, Unit 56, Morton, IL 61550 (MLS # PA1208335)
    31
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,790 sqft  
    MLS PA1208335
  4. Photo of 606 Harbor Pointe Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611 (MLS # PA1208056)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,929 sqft  
    MLS PA1208056
  5. Photo of 64 Prairie Village Place, Unit 64, Morton, IL 61550 (MLS # PA1207935)
    36
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,740 sqft  
    MLS PA1207935
  6. Photo of 125 SW Jefferson Street, Unit W21C, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # PA1207905)
    21
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    792 sqft  
    MLS PA1207905
  7. Photo of 311 Harbor Pointe Place, Springfield, IL 62712 (MLS # CA1449)
    25
    3 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    3,212 sqft   lot 6,449 sqft
    MLS CA1449
  8. Photo of 123 SW Jefferson Street, Unit E8B, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # PA1207380)
    19
    Price Drop
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    868 sqft  
    MLS PA1207380
  9. Photo of 1920 W Willow Crest Drive, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1207320)
    22
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,582 sqft   lot 5,760 sqft
    MLS PA1207320
  10. Photo of 400 Harbor Pointe Drive, Unit 400, East Peoria, IL 61611 (MLS # PA1207316)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,250 sqft  
    MLS PA1207316
  11. Photo of 123 SW Jefferson Avenue, Unit E25A, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # PA1207100)
    26
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,121 sqft  
    MLS PA1207100
  12. Photo of 7605 Walnutbend Drive, Unit Unit, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1206591)
    36
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    1,817 sqft  
    MLS PA1206591
  13. Photo of 600 Harbor Pointe Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611 (MLS # PA1206034)
    31
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,998 sqft  
    MLS PA1206034
  14. Photo of 608 Harbor Pointe Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611 (MLS # PA1205957)
    34
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,929 sqft   lot 3,485 sqft
    MLS PA1205957
  15. Photo of 1933 W Courtside Drive, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1205211)
    36
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,574 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    MLS PA1205211
  16. Photo of 1002 W Applewood Lane, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1205141)
    36
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,750 sqft  
    MLS PA1205141
  17. Photo of 6927 N Fox Point Drive, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1204926)
    36
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,314 sqft   lot 11,761 sqft
    MLS PA1204926
  18. Photo of 309 W Aspen Way, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1204589)
    36
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,610 sqft   lot 13,939 sqft
    MLS PA1204589
  19. Photo of 7116 N Hunters Trace Drive, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1203663)
    36
    5 beds,  2 full, 2 half baths
    2,384 sqft   lot 12,197 sqft
    MLS PA1203663
  20. Photo of 125 SW Jefferson Street, Unit 3WA, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # PA1203527)
    36
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    986 sqft  
    MLS PA1203527
  21. Photo of 125 SW Jefferson Street, Unit W25, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # PA1203462)
    32
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    3,330 sqft  
    MLS PA1203462
  22. Photo of 304 Harbor Pointe Drive, East Peoria, IL 61611 (MLS # PA1203225)
    36
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,472 sqft  
    MLS PA1203225
  23. Photo of 303 Harbor Point Place, Springfield, IL 62712 (MLS # CA191790)
    7
    0 beds,  0 baths
    MLS CA191790
  24. Photo of 301 Harbor Point Place, Springfield, IL 62712 (MLS # CA191789)
    7
    0 beds,  0 baths
    MLS CA191789
  25. Photo of 125 SW Jefferson Street, Unit W29A, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # PA1202127)
    10
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    3,060 sqft  
    MLS PA1202127
  26. Photo of 1225 Brown Court, Washington, IL 61571 (MLS # PA1202136)
    27
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,871 sqft  
    MLS PA1202136
  27. Photo of 125 SW Jefferson Street, Unit W29B, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # PA1200498)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    3,000 sqft  
    MLS PA1200498
  28. Photo of 6930 N Fox Point Drive, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1200280)
    29
    Pre-Foreclosure
    or Short Sale
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,910 sqft   lot 11,475 sqft
    MLS PA1200280
  29. Photo of 123 SW Jefferson Avenue, Unit E29, Peoria, IL 61602 (MLS # PA1197402)
    36
    3 beds,  4 full, 2 half baths
    5,622 sqft   lot 20,909 sqft
    MLS PA1197402
  30. Photo of 1511 Calvin Drive, Washington, IL 61571 (MLS # PA1197285)
    22
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,649 sqft   lot 7,800 sqft
    MLS PA1197285
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