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Old 06-22-2019, 08:29 AM
 
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Downsize? Hell no!


I upsized from 900 to 1400.
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Old 06-24-2019, 02:11 PM
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I want to go much smaller, but what to do with 60 years of junk?
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Old 06-24-2019, 04:58 PM
 
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I want to go much smaller, but what to do with 60 years of junk?

I think that's why ebay and Etsy were invented, LOL

Oh and apparently the new thing now is "Facebook Marketplace." I don't use Facebook but my son and DIL do. They recently moved and they sold a ton of unwanted/extraneous stuff that way. Furniture, clothing, baby related equipment, small kitchen appliances, all kinds of things. They did that instead of fussing with having a tag or garage sale. Said it worked out great.
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Old 06-25-2019, 09:04 PM
 
Location: RVA
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Upsized from 2200sqft SFH w/detached garage to 3000sqft 3 story townhouse with 1st fl garage. No maintenance, and much lower taxes and utility bills, but HOA for pool, gym, lawn maintenance, etc about evens it out. Has its own elevator when needed, so stairs not an issue, though I use the stairs 99% of time. Use it or lose it.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:42 PM
 
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Actually thinking about upsizing. We raised our kids in a small house and the house is fine for the two of us, be we'd like acreage and a house with room for family, friends, kids and grandkids to gather. My husband likes to collect things from estate sales to keep or resell and would like an outbuilding of some type to store those things. Right now he has them in a shed, a spare room and the garage and it drives me crazy. I can't stand clutter.
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Old 06-25-2019, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Haiku
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We sort of downsized, but it's complicated. Our main house was 2400 sqft. We had a 2nd home that was 1600 sqft. We sold both houses and bought a retirement house of 1000 sqft on 2 acres with the idea we would build a main house of 1800 sqft and rent out the smaller one. But after two years we decided 1000 was not so bad - it is Hawaii and we spend lots of time outdoors. But then we added on two out-buildings, a wood shop for me and an art studio for DW, total of 1000 sqft, and added 400 sqft to the house so we now have a total of 2400, close to what our original, pre-retirement house was. Anyway, we are very happy with what we have.
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Old 06-26-2019, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I want to go much smaller, but what to do with 60 years of junk?
Hire Louie "The Torch"
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Old 06-26-2019, 04:51 AM
 
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I would consider a condo if it had a garage in between so it is not like an apartment.
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Old 06-26-2019, 04:57 AM
 
Location: In the land beyond Ohare!
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I want to go much smaller, but what to do with 60 years of junk?
Garage sale, Charity and trash.......its so liberating to be free!
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:28 AM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I never upsized.

If you can afford your big house and/or property, and can afford a cleaning crew and yard maintenance staff, then you have no need to downsize. If your bedrooms are upstairs, you might want to switch to one level living. We all have problems with physical limitations in the end... some sooner and some later.
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