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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A carefree lifestlye awaits you in this 4 bedroom free standing condo in coveted Trail Creek Estates. Located on the Rock Island Trail, this unit features a great room concept...
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,792 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $299,000
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Rare new construction offering! Brand new 4 bedroom, 3 bath ranch. Amenities: corner fireplace with stone face, open plan, semi custom white cabinetry throughout, white quartz kitchen tops, huge island...
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,525 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $239,900
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Choose to live life exceptionally at Twin Towers Place! Contemporary sanctuary in this sprawling 18th floor unit with spectacular 360° views of river & downtown Peoria. Beautifully renovated unit in...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,320 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $269,000
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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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Just Listed! Stunning 2 Bed, 2 Bath Ranch in Washington!!! Must see this completely move in ready property with beautiful engineered hardwood floors throughout. Large open floor plan with vaulted...
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,341 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $197,500
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Larger than it appears! Spacious master bedroom with large bath and multiple closets. Large eat-in kitchen with pantry, island, and desk. Main floor family room w /fireplace and access to...
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,610 sq ft
  • 13,939 lot
  • $204,000
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Luxurious living at its finest. Treat yourself to maintenance free, lake life living. Be welcomed into this fine space by an open, modern, 2 story staircase leading straight to the...
  • 4 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 3,015 sq ft
  • 7,448 lot
  • $549,900
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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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Stunning 3 bedroom / 2.5 bathroom 2 story home w/ beautiful master suite! Elegant living room featuring grand fireplace opens to gorgeous kitchen showcasing, espresso cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,785 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $184,900
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The perfect family home in Hawley Hills! This home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with over 3,400 finished sqft! Situated at the end of a cul-de-sac on a huge lot...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,480 sq ft
  • 18,295 lot
  • $274,900
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SPECTACULAR RIVER & CITY VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM! Carefree Living In the Heart of The City in Popular Twin Towers! Tastefully Decorated With Neutral Colors. Over 1600 Sq Ft With...
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,660 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $199,900
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GREAT NEW PRICE REDUCTION! 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
  • $229,000
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Lovely low maintenance 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath duplex home in popular Hawley Hills subdivision. This home offers a spacious floor plan with sun filled living room and open kitchen/family room....
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,936 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $129,900
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Stunning newer 4BR/3.5BA North Peoria home situated on cul-de-sac lot near Rock Island trail. Charming covered front porch leads into impressive 2 story entry foyer. Gorgeous hand scraped hardwood floors...
  • 4 Beds
  • 4 Baths
  • 1,976 sq ft
  • 8,276 lot
  • $304,900
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Move in ready 1 bed 1 bath unit in the Twin Towers! Updated kitchen with new cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. Spacious breakfast bar allows for plenty of...
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 792 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $105,000
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Imagine feeling like you're away from it all, but were still right in the midst of things! Located on the fringe of Kellogg Golf Course, this beautifully updated one owner...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,671 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $225,000
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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
  • $249,900
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Enjoy stunning views of the Peoria skyline, Illinois river and Eastport marina. Main floor and low maintenance living are offered in this beautiful and affordable end unit condo located in...
  • 1 Beds
  • 1 Baths
  • 1,140 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $149,900
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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
  • $209,900
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Stunning newer unit in gated Harbor Pointe community. Open floorplan features fireplaced great room open to kitchen with vaulted ceiling & skylights. Spacious kitchen includes abundance of cabinetry and an...
  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,155 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $284,900
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Welcome to maintenance-free living in exclusive Trailcreek estates. This condo is one of the only non-attached single-family ranch condos in the association. All the benefits of condo life, like snow...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,686 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $239,900
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Sit back, relax and enjoy the view from every window! From the skyline on the opposite shore to the running of the river, you'll love living in this updated yet...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,044 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $215,000
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New 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch with side load garage on corner lot. Main floor laundry/mudroom with built in lockers. Sliding glass door in dining area to patio. Lots of...
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,566 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $257,900
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Best views in Peoria! This one of a kind, multi-level Penthouse suite offers breathtaking views of downtown and the river valley that are second to none! Boasting over 5,500 sqft,...
  • 3 Beds
  • 6 Baths
  • 5,622 sq ft
  • 20,909 lot
  • $495,000
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Great value in this 1,700+ sq ft, 3 Bedroom Zero Lot Line duplex w/zero entry step from garage. Tastefully finished with white washed kitchen, bamboo flooring throughout main floor, Ceramic...
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,760 sq ft
  • 8,640 lot
  • $195,500
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Carefree condo living! Desirable ranch style unit offers open floorplan, cathedral ceilings & many upgrades! Fireplaced living room open to fully applianced kitchen. Large formal dining room with tray ceiling....
  • 3 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 1,811 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $224,900
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Exceptionally maintained property in gated Harbor Pointe Residences with breathtaking river views. This remarkable 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home displays vaulted ceilings and open floor plan. New hardwood flooring installed...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 1,929 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $260,000
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Gorgeous 2 story Penthouse, 30th floor large sundeck and open floorplan overlooking downtown and river. Perfect for entertaining with floor to ceiling windows, extra tall ceiling height only found in...
  • 2 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,060 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $305,000
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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! Beautifully updated...
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,000 sq ft
  • -- lot
  • $350,000
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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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