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When you trust Popowich & Company with your buying and selling needs, it comes with the understanding that we’ll learn all we can about you. That way, we can advise you on the best decisions to make based on your unique situation.
Time To Downsize?
What do you think of when you hear the term ‘downsizing’? When you work with us, downsizing your Calgary home is a liberating opportunity to simplify, declutter, and find a home that truly reflects what you want and need.
Here’s how you can make the most of your downsizing experience with our team:
Buy For Your New Lifestyle
Whether you’re downsizing your home to save money, start fresh, or live in a more conveniently-sized space, our team will navigate you through Calgary’s real estate market to match you with the right home. As born and raised Calgarians, we’re thoroughly familiar with each local neighbourhood. So whether you’re looking for a quiet rural property, downsizing to a modern condo, or family-friendly townhouse, we’ll know where to find it.
Keep, Toss, or Donate
This process isn’t just about downsizing your home, but downsizing and decluttering your belongings as well. Everything that fits in your current home won’t fit in your new and smaller space, so it only makes sense to declutter and consolidate what you can. The easiest way to approach it is by sorting everything into three categories: keep, toss, or donate. If it all seems a bit overwhelming, our team can step in and connect you with a professional to guide you through the process.
Do You Buy or Sell First?
Whether you buy or sell first really comes down to your personal finances and comfort level, and should be discussed thoroughly with your Realtor® and financial advisor. Keep in mind that selling your current home first will take the guesswork out of how much you can afford, and is also the better option when you’re not prepared to carry two mortgages at once.
Design with Strategy
Before you see any homes, be sure to measure and note the dimensions of any furniture you plan on bringing so you can double-check that it will fit in a potential home. There are many furniture and multi-functional storage options that cater to small spaces, so although you may have to let go of some big and beloved furniture, what you end up with will be a smart and strategic set up that makes everyday life easier after you downsize.
Work with a Team Who Cares
Downsizing your home isn’t always an easy decision. We know that sometimes this move stems from an already stressful situation, which is why we’ll go the extra mile to make sure you feel as at ease as possible. By combining our patient and understanding approach with our first-hand Calgary market knowledge, you can have a hassle-free downsizing experience.
When you purchased your first home, you probably had plans to stay there for a good, long while. But then, things changed. Maybe your family grew faster than you expected, or perhaps you’ve gotten to a place in life where your needs have changed. Start asking yourself ‘Should I buy a bigger house?’
Should I Buy a Bigger House?
The first step to take when you’re considering upsizing your home is to objectively evaluate if it’s the right choice. What’s driving the move? Schools? Space? Do I need to buy a bigger house? This is especially important if you’re making the move with a family; no one wants to go through the hassles (and expense) of moving if it’s not necessary.
If there is a more cost-efficient and convenient way to address your issues, such as adding an addition onto your home or renovating your space to reflect your current likes and lifestyle, take a deeper look and see what your options are. At the very least, you’ll have more confidence in your decision knowing that you’ve done all you can to make your current home work.
Confirming Your Finances
From the purchase price to the monthly amenity bills, buying a bigger house requires bigger costs. Even if you’ve recently gone through the mortgage approval process, it doesn’t hurt to meet with your lender and double-check that you’re financially prepared to take on a larger home.
Your Bigger and Better Wish List
Now’s the time to build out your dream wish list of everything you’d like in your next home, whether it’s simply more square footage, a desirable neighbourhood, or specific upgrades and finishes. Upsizing your home will typically give you the opportunity to check off more of your wants and needs, but be sure to leave room for compromises while planning for the coming years.
Should You Buy a Home or Sell First?
A great—and very common—question! With a bigger home comes a bigger purchase price, and selling your current home first will take the guesswork out of how much you can afford. It is a more conservative approach but it really comes down to your risk tolerance. At the end of the day, whether you buy or sell first all comes down to your personal finances and comfort level and should be discussed thoroughly with your real estate agent and financial advisor.
How to Get Started Upsizing
Like any large investment, you need the help of seasoned professionals to get the most for your money. When upsizing your home with us, we’ll use our neighbourhood knowledge, access to exclusive listings, and tailored approach to make sure you’re matched with the home you’ve always wanted.