Your Guide to Downsizing to an Active Adult Lifestyle

Are you looking forward to a maintenance-free lifestyle? Are you ready to enjoy your carefree, active adult years without the burden of home ownership? After you choose your new all-inclusive home, the next step is to downsize – something that can be an emotional challenge for many. But it doesn’t have to be. Shedding unnecessary belongings and moving into a home that requires less upkeep can be liberating. It is a move that allows you to enjoy a newfound freedom and have more fun.

So, what are the next steps to enjoying your new 55+ active adult lifestyle in beautiful Lake Havasu?

Step #1: Discover a New Place to Call Home

Determine what kind of lifestyle you want to live. If you desire a true lock-and-go experience – one where someone else takes care of the maintenance and housekeeping and all you have to do is enjoy your life and embark on new adventures – then an all-inclusive, retirement community like The Views at Lake Havasu may be perfect for you. We can help you with that.

Step #2: Determine the Cost

The cost of homeownership adds up quickly: Utilities, mortgage payments, insurance, property taxes, and more. That does not begin to factor in the time you will spend cleaning, doing laundry, performing routine home maintenance, and planning for major home repairs that can suddenly occur. An all-inclusive retirement community such as The Views at Lake Havasu may be an enticing option. Use our Cost Comparison Worksheet to determine which lifestyle option is best for you.

Step #3: Choose Your Home, Create a Plan, and Start the Downsizing Process

Once you have decided that an active adult community is the right choice for you, it’s best to start planning and implementing a downsizing process even before your home is added to the market for sale. The following planning list will help you get organized and make downsizing a breeze.

Plan for Your Major Rooms: Look at the size and layout of your new home and plan for the space. A floorplan will help. You can find The Views at Lake Havasu’s spacious floorplans here. Plan for the primary rooms: Living room, bedroom, dining area, and kitchen. These are the spaces that tend to have the bulkiest items such as furniture. Pay attention to the amenities offered at your new home’s community. They will help you determine what you really need for your new home. You can find a list of the numerous amenities and services available at The Views at Lake Havasu here.

Ask Yourself These Questions: Take a practical look at your possessions and ask yourself the following questions to determine what to do with them.

  • Is it necessary?
  • Do you have multiple copies of the item?
  • Is the item utilized regularly?
  • Is there sentimental value tied to the possession?
  • Does it have significant financial value?
  • Is it a family heirloom?
  • Would someone in your family or a friend like to have the item?
  • Is it suitable to donate to charity?
  • Will your item fit in a smaller space?

Get Organized: Once you have determined the necessity of the possession, move it into one of the following categories:

  • Sell: Anything of value that a loved one or friend cannot use may be appropriate for a consignment store or online marketplace such as Facebook or Craigslist. You can use the money you make toward your new adventure.
  • Eliminate: This is the tough category. But if you don’t need it, get rid of it. Sometimes an item has no real value and is no longer useful. There is nothing wrong with getting rid of clutter. In fact, it can be a freeing experience.
  • Donate: Give back to those in need by donating items such as clothing, kitchenware, and furniture to local charities. You will be helping those less fortunate and saving yourself some valuable space in your new home. Keep a list of everything you donate. You may be able to claim a tax deduction.
  • Keep: This category is for those items you most cherish or will be able to use in your new home. This pile will be the largest at first. As you continue to downsize, take a closer look at this category, and see if any of the items can shift to the other three categories. You will be surprised at how much “stuff” we accumulate over the years. Remember: Your new active adult lifestyle is about simplicity and freedom. If you do not need it, get rid of it.

If you would like more information about the 55+ active adult lifestyle options at The Views at Lake Havasu and how we can help with your retirement journey, contact us today.