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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 6930 N Fox Point Drive, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1200280)
    29
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,910 sqft   lot 11,475 sqft
    MLS PA1200280
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Photo of 7601 N Walnutbend Drive, Unit #23, Peoria, IL 61614 (MLS # PA1193687)
    20
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,638 sqft  
    MLS PA1193687
  5. Photo of 7319 N Villa Lake Drive, Unit 4, Peoria, IL 61615 (MLS # PA1204512)
    15
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,605 sqft  
    MLS PA1204512
  6. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 1,848 sqft
    MLS PA1178734
  7. Photo of 13975 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161746)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 42,253 sqft
    MLS PA1161746
  8. Photo of 13945 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161745)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 42,253 sqft
    MLS PA1161745
  9. Photo of 13885 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161744)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 36,155 sqft
    MLS PA1161744
  10. Photo of 13855 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161743)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 36,155 sqft
    MLS PA1161743
  11. Photo of 13825 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161742)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 36,155 sqft
    MLS PA1161742
  12. Photo of 13801 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161741)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 36,155 sqft
    MLS PA1161741
  13. Photo of 13771 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161740)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 36,155 sqft
    MLS PA1161740
  14. Photo of 13840 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161736)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 35,719 sqft
    MLS PA1161736
  15. Photo of 13870 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161734)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 35,719 sqft
    MLS PA1161734
  16. Photo of 13900 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161732)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 35,719 sqft
    MLS PA1161732
  17. Photo of 13930 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161728)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 35,719 sqft
    MLS PA1161728
  18. Photo of 13990 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161726)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 35,719 sqft
    MLS PA1161726
  19. Photo of 13960 Jubilee, Pekin, IL 61554 (MLS # PA1161725)
    6
    0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 35,719 sqft
    MLS PA1161725
  20. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 7,150 sqft
    MLS PA1093411
  21. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 11,880 sqft
    MLS PA1093407
  22. 0 beds,  0 baths
    MLS PA1093404
  23. 0 beds,  0 baths
    MLS PA1093402
  24. 0 beds,  0 baths
    MLS PA1093393
  25. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 8,640 sqft
    MLS PA1093317
  26. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 9,500 sqft
    MLS PA1093316
  27. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 6,156 sqft
    MLS PA1093315
  28. 0 beds,  0 baths
    lot 8,151 sqft
    MLS PA1093314
  29. 0 beds,  0 baths
    MLS PA1093291
  30. 0 beds,  0 baths
    MLS PA1093290
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