Downsizing Your Denver Home – A Trend We Can Live With

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 26 April 2016 17:18


In tough economic times, in Denver and all across America, people want to be more energy efficient and more environmentally conscious.  Downsizing to a smaller home is a growing trend for small families, empty-nesters, and seniors, due to lower mortgage costs, maintenance issues, or energy concerns. Smaller tax and utility bills follow the smaller mortgage, so moving to a smaller home is a great way to cut monthly costs.


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The downside of downsizing for most people is that reducing the space also means "reducing the stuff."  People tend to fill up the space they have with things that soon become "necessities," so it's hard for most people to pare down their possessions to what will fit in a smaller space.  Half the space usually means half the furniture can't make the trip to the new home, while other things such as clothes, appliances, TVs, sports equipment, gadgets, and other things will have to be evaluated in view of the amount of space in the new home. 

Another consideration is that the new space might be configured differently so that a couch or wall unit that should technically "fit" just won't go through the door, down the stairs, or look right in the room given where the doors and windows are placed or how the wall is angled. Measuring the new space, eyeballing the angle of the staircase, or laying out the furniture on a blueprint should help facilitate the decision about the fate of some furniture.  Even big screen TV's might be a casualty of the move.

After a brief period of mourning, a downsizing strategy will help pare what's moved down to a manageable size and help reduce moving costs as well: purge, purge, purge is the goal.  This can be accomplished by selling what's not making the move through garage sales, eBay, Craigslist, or signs at the grocery store, donating it, or throwing it out - or a combination of all three.

People sometimes make the mistake of moving much more than they need in anticipation of making choices about what to keep once they have moved or sorting it all out later.  This not only increases moving costs, but either clutters up the new space or postpones making a decision to get rid of unused items. The age old rule-of-thumb in deciding whether to keep or part with things is "if you haven't used it in a year, you don't need it."

When people move, they are often charting a new course in their lives.  The upside of downsizing the "stuff" is the new home starts out uncluttered.  It's hard to do that in a warehouse of old furniture!  Often, getting rid of non-used items is a ritual cleansing that makes the move to a new home even better.


Looking to downsize your Denver home?  The Bandy Home Team can show you the best in right-sized homes. Whether it's a  Tallyns Reach Real Estate in Aurora or homes in Littleton, we can definitely help you to find your perfect home, in the right community, within your lifestyle needs.


Our trusted professionals will be there to help you every step of the way!



Until next time,

Marianne Bandy, Team Leader

The Bandy Team

 Keller Williams Park Meadows



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Marianne Bandy

Marianne is a professional LDS Realtor in Denver with outstanding integrity, who takes the time to understand your specific housing and family needs. She is the team leader of one of the top selling Real Estate Teams in her broker's office. She understands that a big part of your family's happiness depends on the home and community where you live.  LDS Realtor in Denver Colorado

One of Marianne’s greatest passions is helping people with their Real Estate transactions, typically one of the largest financial transactions they will undertake. Marianne is the listing agent for the team but also loves working with Latter Day Saint home buyers as well.  Marianne uses her expertise and market knowledge so that her clients get the most accurate and up to date information possible. Marianne has a breadth of experience working with clients through all aspects of closing on a home. When listing homes for sale, this includes readying the home for sale, developing a marketing strategy, getting feedback on showings, negotiating inspection items,  and many other details that lead up to a successful closing. 

Marianne is excellent at contract negotiations and looking out for the best interests of her clients. She has obtained the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) certification. When helping Buyers, she loves the feeling of helping families connect with the right home in the right community. She also has knowledge of ward and stake boundaries, meeting house locations,  youth programs, drive time to the LDS Denver temple, and seminary locations for your high school children. 

If you’re looking for solid results and a WOW! experience, then call Marianne and put her to work for you. In the last two years, the Bandy Team sold 125 homes.  The Bandy Team has the experience and proven systems you need to make your transaction as smooth and worry-free as possible. 

The Bandy Team is committed to conducting business with the utmost integrity. The team was formed on the principles of honesty and loyalty with clients. Marianne believes in surrounding herself with good people that share her values.  This includes good business partners that can aid in all aspects of a real estate transaction, including home inspections, loans, transaction coordination, home repairs, etc. Marianne and her entire team are committed to the highest levels of customer service for their clients. 

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