Should there be stress in your Golden Years? Not work stress I hope, but yes stress does exist.
Yet, when it comes to your home, if you are still relatively mobile, there should be no excuse of feeling stuck where you are. The Watty Way can help.
Though you might not feel like a spring chicken, there is still a lot you can do. Plus, what you do most likely have if you've been owning your home for a good while is some money saved up, or a least a good chunk of equity. If you are wondering what your home is worth to calculate your equity, I will give you a simple, safe calculation (if you are in Waterloo Region). Assuming you have simply been maintaining your home, and staying on top of the necessities, like HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning), your exterior of windows and doors, plus roof, then take your property taxes and multiply them by 115... Wow, that's a fair chunk of change!
So when it comes to a downsize, the big problems arise when either you wait too long to do the downsize and the workload becomes insurmountable, or making the move is just so far outside of your comfort zone that you just stick to where you are; labouring to do the yard work, while your friends are galivanting around the globe, visiting distant relatives and enjoying life.
At this point, you know who your friends are, status symbols have been achieved, and now it's time to live – so the question becomes what do you really want for yourself? That's a question in and of itself. If it helps, I will let you know that upon feedback from folks I know, I can tell you that the rush of cruising in a Porsche with the top down is worth a little pain in the knees upon an embark and disembarkation – but you can make your own call on that.
You are where you are now, but you know perfectly well that your lifestyle has changed. The kids are doing great on their own, and you know they likely aren't coming back home to live at this stage in the game. Plus, the kids should at least be apt enough to figure out how to put a frozen stuffed Butterball turkey in the oven six hours before you and the rest of the family arrive, leaving you to just bring the cranberry sauce. You're beginning to come to terms with the fact that Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas Dinners don't need to be at your house anymore. The kids would probably prefer one less destination over the holidays, plus they still have extra rooms for you, not to mention this great app called Airbnb.
If you are ready to admit that you don't need run around cleaning and maintaining that quarter acre 4+ bedroom house, just for your grandchildren to come over and swipe the screens on their tablet, then I need to help you understand how to get across the gap to your next chapter of lifestyle (with as much money in your pocket, while also not being as stressed as you are thinking about this). How we get across that "gap" is via the "bridge" – what I affectionately call the Downsizer's Bridge.
There are two "gaps" to be traversed correctly that will give you the least stress, and the most money in your pocket, when it is all said and done. There is a marketing gap in how you connect with your home's future owners vs how you bought the home, and how to smoothly transition across the gap from the family home to the easy living home.
We get across these Gaps successfully is with two unique Bridges: