Downsizing to What Works for You

by Erin Fernschild 06/16/2019

People downsize their living-space for all kinds of reasons. Making the decision to downsize shouldn't be a negative experience and shouldn't feel like your downgrading your home. Follow these tips to level up your lifestyle and home enjoyment while downsizing your accommodations.

Find a space that works for you.

You might be moving from a large home with a big kitchen or dining area to a more compact condo or cottage and feel like you're losing a lot of space. Think about how your current home is laid out and what parts you utilize the most. If you love your big kitchen, then search for a highly functional, if smaller, kitchen space. Pay attention to how you move through your kitchen now, is it fluid to go between different cooking, prep and cleaning areas? You might find that in reality, you run around your kitchen and loose efficiency. Look for a more compact, but well-appointed kitchen in your new home search and find an even better space for the cooking and entertaining you love. 

Modernize your home view.

Your current home may have significant square footage, but how is it laid out? Are there lots of walls and hallways separating your rooms? What height are your ceilings? Does your house have a plethora of windows? Many modern homes have great open layouts. Shared space—a kitchen that opens to your living room, for example—makes both areas feel more substantial. Consider a condo or loft that has extra high ceilings and employ vertical storage to give height and openness to your living space. Finally, windows, windows, windows. Look for a home with large windows, and lots of them. Opening your house up to the beautiful outdoors and letting in lots of natural light gives your home the most added feeling of enlarged space. 

Make your new rooms work double for you.

  • Invest in a home with open kitchen, living, and dining spaces so you can entertain and remain a part of the activity while creating a meal or prepping drinks.
  • Combine your office, guest and craft rooms into one multi-functional space. Use modern storage and office systems to keep your room organized and ready to use for any purpose. Find a great sofa bed for seating and guest use or go old-school with a built-in Murphy bed with added shelving on the exterior. 
  • Use combination appliances like a stacking washer and dryer or upgrade to front loading systems that you can put under the countertop or build a worktable over.
  • Look for outdoor space that maximizes your interior space. French doors or a big sliding door that opens your living or dining room up to your patio expands your useable entertaining space. Find a home with a balcony off the master bedroom and extend your feeling of outdoor space. 

Amenities. Amenities. Amenities. 

In your home search consider narrowing in on communities with amenities that improve your lifestyle. Community gyms, pools, clubhouses, dog parks, and even a golf course are great opportunities to add to your lifestyle and help you make new connections. Properties with large green areas, barbecue pits, and trees make you feel like the whole community is your backyard. Associations that take care of maintaining your yard or washing windows can reduce the time you spend on home upkeep and free you up to live your life.

No matter the reason for your downsize take the smart steps to make it work for you and help you upgrade your living. Before you start your home search consult with your real estate professional about the best way to find the right space for you.

About the Author
Author

Erin Fernschild

I believe that when it comes to Real Estate sales and service, you can have it all and that is my professional goal. Erin Fernschild has lived in Stratford, CT since moving from New York City in 2005. First living in the direct waterfront community of Breakwater Key and then moving to Lordship in 2012. Her interests in Real Estate expanded while she was searching for a home that would meet her lifestyle and growing family needs. Commuting to Wall Street in NYC on the train gave her ample time to find the perfect location for all of her requirements, even though she was told by many “you can’t have it all”. Erin attended William Patterson University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and International Marketing. Throughout her career, she has worked for several Investment Banking Firms in NYC including First Boston, Bear Stearns, and Deutsche Bank. In 2016, Erin obtained her real estate license and joined RealtyQuest. Erin’s passion for service and understanding of what it takes to complete any transaction with the least amount of difficulties stems from her role at Deutsche Bank where she co-­founded its Relationship Management team which is accountable for the Bank’s overall commercial relationships. Erin worked face-to-face on a daily basis with large hedge funds, asset managers, and high net worth individuals, listening to their needs, communicating effectively and often acting as a mediator to resolve issues. Her friendly style, tenacity, and technological ability provide her clients with a competitive edge in challenging markets. She is a natural people person who will work tirelessly on her client’s behalf. She truly enjoys assisting others to Buy, Sell and Invest in Real Estate and understands the amount of time, dedication, and thoughtfulness that goes into finding the right property, at the right price, that meets all of her client’s needs.