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Downsizing Tips - Buy a Home - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

Our real estate agents know there is no one-size-fits-all solution for seniors who wish to downsize their homes. Each homebuyer is unique in both needs and desires. Nonetheless, several elements are common to most shoppers. Here are a few key issues they have identified that may be important to you:

  • Maintenance
    Many senior citizens dream of escaping from chores like cleaning gutters and replacing worn plumbing. They want newer homes with less likelihood of significant ongoing repairs or remodeling.

    If this describes you, you may be interested in a condominium with an HOA that covers landscaping and exterior upkeep financed by reasonable fees. If you do decide to go this route, do you still want some space for a garden? Talk to your Realtor to see what options you have to enjoy the best of both worlds.

  • Smart Technology
    While they may or may not be challenged by physical disabilities, seniors may want to enhance their quality of life with digital assistants, security systems, HVAC controls, and other tasks they can control from the comfort of their couches. You can change the temperature and lock the front door as easily as you change the channel on your TV set.

    Wireless connectivity can help seniors extend their independence by simplifying household chores and providing voice-activated assistance in case of falls or injuries. With 26 million falls reported to the CDC each year, isn't it comforting to know that you can call for help if it happens to you?

  • Community
    While some seniors may look for a retirement community, others may want to be surrounded by families. You may want to be assured that if you were faced with raising your grandchildren, they would be welcome and have their educational and social needs met in the neighborhood. You may want easy access to facilities like parks, playgrounds, community pools, and golf courses. You may prefer churches and senior centers to socializing on a more restrictive retirement campus. This is your time! Be sure you can enjoy it to the fullest.

  • Nearby Stores 
    Do you look forward to spending an hour grocery shopping every few days? We didn't think so! A neighborhood grocery store that allows you to quickly drop in and out for a few things may work well for you. Or you may want to use a larger chain store that will take your online order and deliver it free of charge to your front door. You'll want to make sure those are options in your new neighborhood.

  • Convenient Medical Facilities
    If your healthcare requires more office time than it did in the past, you'll want to know whether that care is nearby. Fighting traffic and wasting gas can turn a quick check-up into an all-morning affair. You'll want to make sure facilities are close to your new home. No one wants to anticipate hospital stays, but if one of your loved ones is hospitalized, you want to be able to visit easily. 

Contact us when you have taken stock of what you want in a smaller house. We'll help you investigate the Wichita homes for sale that most interest you until we find the one that's perfect for your particular needs. 

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