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Thread: Thoughts on Downsizing to another State.

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    If your dh has heart problems there are four very important things to consider about your move. What heart specialists. what size hospital and what ambulance service will be available to you with the location of the house you select to buy? Will you be able to afford to live in that home if you are a widow? We all have to plan for the future with the best advice that we can get. I hope he lives to be 100 and is rich and you can buy whatever you want, but most of us won't have that happen.

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    I wanted to move south and went on a real estate adventure for 2 wks in the south. I went home, looked over all literature, (I had contacted several realtors in the cities i went to. I then made a decision on a new build, they accepted a good faith deposit. I did any repairs needed to ready it for the market and it sold in 2 months. I did reduce my price some to accept an as is offer and was glad i did that.I then had to find an apartment near where the new place was being built and had stored most everything in boxes in the 2nd brdm. Everything was packed and ready to move again to the final destination. I took my sectional and recliner but next time, would sell it or donate as I ended up w/ new. Good luck on your search and move.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I'm no help about moving, we have lived in this place for 43 years and never planning to move. This neighborhood has changed several times and is about to change again. It has gotten better with each change. Kids growing up and moving out helps too.

    Good luck on your move.

    I can tell you uncluttering and making your house look bigger and less crowded will sure help it sell faster.
    You sound like me! I'm in the house in which we raised 3 sons (all grown), and now I don't know how we did it, since I feel crowded! Decluttering was my primary goal when I retired but I've not been as successful as I'd hoped. I'd love a bigger house I could just move all my "keepers" into and stop struggling to rid myself of them!

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    If you really don't have to move; We would not recommend it. Currently; if you like where you are-stay. My DH wanted to move back to his home place and we did and IT WAS NOT WHAT IT USE TO BE....he was very diasppointed and nothing like it use to be. The old saying -you can't go back--is true. Things change so much. When we moved we had no choice in a house but had to take what we could find and it was not big enough for us. But we make do when we have to. He has been very graceous to build or rebuild the house and me a quilting room plus an area for a longarm. Please, think about 70 times before doing it. Cost and expense now is not like it use to be.

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    We always insist on tasting the water (we usually buy a house with a well). Flush all toilets and run water at the same time (checks out water pressure). I have made a habit of asking the realtor is there is anything about this propery that he has not disclosed...such as, any complaints of ghosts, any murder or suicide (one house had had a suicide "but it's all cleaned up now" and I just could not handle that), drug dealers in the neghborhood, landfills nearby). Found one property that had a landfill close, we were told not to worry about it. Later discovered that the covered landfill (it was all grassy and looked like a park)that had been intended for soccer fields was so contaminated that they could not let children play on it. And our water supply would have been from that area. Needless to say, we did not buy the house.

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    When I retire and we move, we plan to rent in the area we are interested in to see if we really like it before committing to a purchase. It means we will have to put a lot of stuff into storage, but I'd rather do that than buy and then discover we've made a mistake.
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    I have wanted to move back to where are kids are, so i have kept a service with one of the realtors and they send me listings daily. I keep an eye on the market and know both financially and stylewise what is available. I can keep a eye on trends, as well. When I'm ready to move i. Will hopefully have a idea where to look.
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    We had a slightly different situation. We have no kids and both hated our jobs. I was working to pay the mortgage on a big house in Mass. My mother died and left us a paid for condo 1/3 the size of our house in Ga. We had a huge several day yard sale to downsize, even had to give a bedroom set to charity because we couldn't sell it fast enough. We had friends in Ga so that wasn't a problem. We do miss some aspects of Mass. but don't miss the hated jobs. After 20 years, we've finally filled the condo with too much junk, but that's mostly because I'm too sick to swamp it out.

    I agree with those who say to try to sell your house first. Then move to the area for a while on a rental basis to see if you still like it. Things do change over the years and you'll need to be sure you can get the medical care you need. It will be worth while storing your furniture for a while to see if your new area works, much cheaper then buying a mistake!! And May's tips are right on the money.
    Good luck whatever you decide.

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