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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Stunning entire floor unit at the iconic Twin Towers! Great location near the hospitals, civic center, river front, and so much more. Amenities in this 3 bedroom, 3 full and...
  • 3 Beds
  • 5 Baths
  • 3,320 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $259,500
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BEAUTIFULLY REMODELED 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH UNIT ON THE 16TH FLOOR. GORGEOUS VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN & IL RIVER.
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,090 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $130,000
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STUNNING REMODEL ON THIS 10TH FLOOR WEST TOWER UNIT. NEW KITCHEN CABINETS W/ BUILTIN WINE RACK, STAINLESS APPLIANCES, GRANITE COUNTER & GRANITE BREAKFAST BAR. BEAUTIFUL BAMBOO FLOORS, BASEBOARDS, TRIM, DOORS,...
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 896 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $115,000
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Four large bedrooms, 2.5 Baths with all new vanities. New flooring, and freshly painted throughout. It is a lovely drive through this beautiful neighborhood of Hawley Hills. The large and...
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,172 sq ft
  • 17,424 lot
  • $214,400
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Nearly 1,800 finished sq. ft. flow throughout this lovely 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath attached single family home. Hardwood flooring in the living room, informal dining room and main floor bedrooms....
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,124 sq ft
  • 7,841 lot
  • $129,900
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Beautiful and spacious all brick 3 BR 3.5 BA story and a half home with 2841 finished sq ft with solid wood and tiled floors on main and upper level....
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,841 sq ft
  • 7,308 lot
  • $299,500
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Move in ready 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit in the Twin Towers! Updated kitchen with Stainless Steel Range & Refrigerator, and granite tile countertops. Spacious breakfast bar allows for plenty...
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 868 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $109,500
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Spectacular one of a kind view from the 23rd floor of the Twin Towers!! Featuring direct aerial views of both the Peoria River Front and Dozer Park!! This unit contains...
  • 1 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,199 sq ft
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  • $209,900
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Spectacular River views and easy living with this updated 1-2 bedroom, 2-bath condo on the 17th floor conveniently located downtown in the heart of Peoria! Entertain in the centralized floor-to-ceiling...
  • 1 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,106 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $134,700
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ONE Year HOA Fees paid by Seller w/ Acceptable Offer! Best views in Peoria! This one of a kind, multi-level Penthouse suite offers breathtaking views of downtown & the river...
  • 3 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 5,622 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $445,000
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Convenient one level living. New 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch with main floor laundry room. Open floor plan. Kitchen offers island, pantry and granite counter tops. Master bath with walk-in...
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,515 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $264,900
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Here is your RARE opportunity to own the ENTIRE 26th level of the TWIN TOWERS! This gorgeous Home has Beautiful Views of the landscape of Illinois River and 360 degree...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,320 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $314,900
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Come move right in and enjoy the beautiful views from the 27th floor! The views are just as amazing at night as during the day! The iconic Twin Towers offers...
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,660 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $229,900
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A magnificent townhome, in a great location. This beautiful property offers 3 spacious bedrooms, all on the same level. The master bedroom features a huge walk in closet, as well...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,689 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $202,500
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3 bedroom zero lot line duplex. Fireplace in family room, slider step out to patio, half bath on main floor. All bedrooms and laundry room on upper level. Master bedroom...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,387 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $159,900
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Beautiful, energy efficient 4BR/3.5BA town-home in popular Hickory Grove/Dunlap School District!! This Rollingbrook 2 story has a finished walk out basement with a large family room, the 4th bedroom, full...
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 1,776 sq ft
  • 10,890 lot
  • $200,000
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One Owner Gem Located on Cul-De-Sac Lot Minutes from Shopping! Open Floor Plan with Gas Log Fireplace and Built-in Buffett in Great Room. Fully Applianced Kitchen with Spacious Informal Dining...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,851 sq ft
  • 5,227 lot
  • $189,900
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Your private floor of paradise in the sky awaits. This remarkable 25th floor home has the space you need with none of the maintenance that comes with a single family...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,330 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $329,000
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Rare opportunity to own at Fairway Villas! This condo is immaculate and updated. New since 2016: Solid doors throughout from Corsaws, Quartz counter tops, professionally painted, shower doors, patio, KitchenAid...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,862 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $189,900
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NEW 14K PRICE IMPROVEMENT! IMMEDIATE POSSESSION! ENJOY CAREFREE LIVING AT THIS DESIRABLE 3 STORY END UNIT TOWNHOUSE WITH BEAUTIFUL RIVER AND SKYLINE VIEWS. NEWER FLOORING THROUGHOUT MOST OF MAIN LEVEL,...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,250 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $215,000
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Busy lifestyle? Carefree living in this spacious 3 story unit with amazing view of river, marina and Peoria skyline. Numerous updates including new Bertch cabinetry, tile floor, trim and fresh...
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 2,472 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $239,900
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Terrific 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom zero lot line townhome in popular Dunlap/Hickory Grove SD. Located in Rollingbrook Subdivision, amenities include: end of cul-de-sac location, nicely sized backyard, finished basement with...
  • 3 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 1,825 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $199,900
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Motivated Seller! Spectacular 2 story penthouse set high above the city w/ floor to ceiling windows covering almost every corner giving way to extensive city & river views! Outdoor terrace...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,000 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $329,500
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ENJOY EASY LIVING IN BEAUTIFUL TRAILCREEK ESTATES. BUY LOT OR BUILD TO SUIT. CONDOMINIUM STYLE LIVING MEANS NO GRASS TO MOW OR SNOW TO SHOVEL. GREAT NORTH PEORIA LOCATION ALONG...
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  • -- lot
  • $57,900
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RANKIN SCHOOL DISTRICT!!! LARGE LOTS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. 7 LOTS .82 ACRES, 1 LOT .96. ACRES, 3 LOTS .97 ACRES, 4 LOTS 1.020 ACRES. OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE MORE THAN...
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  • 42,253 lot
  • $18,900
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RANKIN SCHOOL DISTRICT!!! LARGE LOTS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. 7 LOTS .82 ACRES, 1 LOT .96. ACRES, 3 LOTS .97 ACRES, 4 LOTS 1.020 ACRES. OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE MORE THAN...
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  • 42,253 lot
  • $18,900
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RANKIN SCHOOL DISTRICT!!! LARGE LOTS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. 7 LOTS .82 ACRES, 1 LOT .96. ACRES, 3 LOTS .97 ACRES, 4 LOTS 1.020 ACRES. OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE MORE THAN...
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  • 36,155 lot
  • $18,900
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RANKIN SCHOOL DISTRICT!!! LARGE LOTS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. 7 LOTS .82 ACRES, 1 LOT .96. ACRES, 3 LOTS .97 ACRES, 4 LOTS 1.020 ACRES. OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE MORE THAN...
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  • -- sq ft
  • 36,155 lot
  • $23,500
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RANKIN SCHOOL DISTRICT!!! LARGE LOTS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. 7 LOTS .82 ACRES, 1 LOT .96. ACRES, 3 LOTS .97 ACRES, 4 LOTS 1.020 ACRES. OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE MORE THAN...
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  • 36,155 lot
  • $23,500
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RANKIN SCHOOL DISTRICT!!! LARGE LOTS OUTSIDE OF CITY LIMITS. 7 LOTS .82 ACRES, 1 LOT .96. ACRES, 3 LOTS .97 ACRES, 4 LOTS 1.020 ACRES. OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE MORE THAN...
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  • 36,155 lot
  • $23,500
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