The Ultimate Guide to Rightsizing

Written by Land Ark Homes

September 30, 2021

rightsizing your home in ontario

As you look around at your current home, you may realize that your wants and needs have changed. You’re certainly not alone. Right now, you may prefer the comfort of a cozy yet functional, one-level layout, rather than a multi-level home with unused rooms. Or perhaps you’d love a private outdoor living space that connects you to nature, as well as an open-concept kitchen and living area that connects you to family and friends.

Most of all, you might want a safe, secure home built with modern design that simplifies everyday living and provides comfort and convenience, no matter what life throws at you. As you enter the next exciting phase of your life, you might be ready to rightsize to a new cottage-style home in Eastern Ontario, where you have a peaceful community surrounded by nature, and hiking, swimming, boating, and socializing with neighbors are part of your everyday routine.

While the process of rightsizing your lifestyle may seem overwhelming at first, our team at Watercolour Westport is here to guide you the entire way. We want this experience to be just as exciting and enjoyable as everything that comes next!

The Benefits of Rightsizing

Easy, Single-Level Living: In one of our single-level, cottage-style homes, you’ll get to experience the joy (and ease) of the “single life!” When you don’t have stairs standing in your way, your moments at home become so much easier, from doing laundry to packing luggage for a vacation. Gone are the days of worrying about accessibility — we build each home to provide ultimate comfort and convenience.

First-Rate Amenities: Close your eyes and picture yourself spending your days relaxing on the lake or exploring the local art scene. Whether you prefer sailing, swimming, hiking, or picnicking, there are so many ways to enjoy life on and near the water in Westport. Here, nature is your playground. And when you’re ready to connect with friends, vibrant downtown Westport offers boutiques, businesses, and restaurants that are all within walking distance. You’ll also find parks with walking trails, fitness stations, and gardens incorporated throughout the community. Here, you have a peaceful, private neighborhood, where the activities you love are right at your fingertips and the people are as friendly as can be. 

Socialization Opportunities: The heart of any great community is the people that live there. Watercolour Westport is filled with neighbors who love to live the way that you do — and are always excited to have a conversation or join you for an activity. From organized social events to running into a neighbor in town, you have so many opportunities to engage with like-minded people, and of course, make lifelong friends.

Staging Your Current Home to Sell

Once you’ve decided on your new home, your next task is to sell your current one. This is where staging comes in! Effective staging isn’t just for show; in fact, staging your home the right way will ensure that you sell it as quickly as possible and maximize its sales price, especially in the current market. 

Make Quick Fixes: First thing’s first, look for the “quick fixes” — remove old area rugs to show off the hardwood floors, take off curtains and clean windows, change lampshades, replace light bulbs for optimal lighting, rearrange furniture, etc. Remember, even little adjustments make a big impact.

Decide on Furniture: When it comes to the furniture in your home, it’s essential to make a final decision on what should stay and what should go. Always make sure to keep color, style, and function in mind to make the most confident and informed choice, and really see your home through a buyer’s eyes.

Feel Fresh: The majority of potential buyers see your home in photos online before they see it in person, so everything you do in your home should be about that crucial first impression. Think about touch-ups that evoke a fresh and clean feeling like bright flowers, folded towels in the bathroom, and bowls of colorful fruit in the kitchen.

Keep it Simple: Buyers want to look at your old home and envision making it their own. Packing anything that’s too “personal,” such as keepsakes, artwork, etc. make your home feel like an “open canvas” that’s ready to be personalized. Mirrors on the wall also help to create an open, inviting feel.

Preparing For Move-In Day

Packing and preparing for move-in day doesn’t have to be stressful! With a few helpful tips and tricks, the process will be easier and more enjoyable than you ever imagined. 

Keep What You Love: Emotional ties to items are normal. But remember that you don’t have to get rid of everything. Hand down precious items to your children and grandchildren, donate or sell what you don’t need, and keep what you love the most. 

Wrap Breakables in Clothing: Part of efficient packing and moving means saving as much as you can on the cost and space. In order to avoid excessive plastic, wrap breakable items in clothing. You won’t have to deal with plastic to throw away, and you’ll free up space for your boxes of clothes! 

Use Vacuum Storage Bags: You know how much room your towels, bedding, and pillows take up — but vacuum storage bags make packing them easier than ever. Once you pack the bags, you can use a vacuum to suck the air out of them, compressing them to a much more manageable size. This will maximize space (and minimize any hassle).

Pack Each Room into the Same Box: As you go through each room in your home, make sure to keep items in labeled, respective boxes. This way, when you go to unpack, you’ll know exactly where everything is and you won’t have to waste time rummaging through boxes.

Find the Right Moving Company: Of course, an incredible moving company can make a huge difference in your experience. Make sure to do your research online (take user reviews into consideration) and get a word-of-mouth recommendation if you can. Do this about eight weeks ahead of your move, so you can schedule the one you want without having to worry about them being overbooked. 

Save Space: There’s nothing more helpful than utilizing your space correctly. Use the pots and pans in your kitchen to hold smaller, loose items like a towel stand, spice containers, silverware, and more. Get creative — you can pack smaller items into their larger counterparts to save yourself the headache. 

Get Your Accounts Ready: Before the big move, make sure to cancel any subscriptions or accounts that you need to, and update your address on the services that will be transferred over to your new home. When all of your utility and home services are up to date, you can spend your time focusing on getting settled in. 

Unpacking After You Move In

The day has come — you’re all set to enjoy the comfort and relaxation ahead! Although unpacking and settling into your new home is a process, we have a few tips and tricks for making the transition as smooth as possible.

Bathroom and Kitchen First: Once you have your bathroom set up for your nightly routine, you’ll know you have something relaxing waiting for you once you’re finished with your first day of moving in. Next, start bringing the heart of your home to life and unpack your pots, pans, and other kitchen essentials.

Set Up WiFi: It’s easy to forget to check off a few details from your pre-move-in list. If you still have to set up your wi-fi, make sure to call your provider once you’ve set all your boxes down and are able to take a quick break. Your process will feel less stressful once you have this detail out of the way! 

Sort Dressers and Closets: It may seem like organizing your clothes in the beginning will slow you down, but once you have your things put away, you’ll free up so much physical (and mental) space to focus on everything else, from furniture placement to decor and everything in between.

Meet Your Neighbors: Your first day doesn’t have to be all about unpacking! Take a walk outside to get some fresh air and say hello to your neighbors. One of the best things about the Watercolour Westport community is how much everyone cares about each other — your neighbors will be so happy to meet another friendly face and welcome you home.

If you’re ready for a new home that fits your wants and needs, keeps you comfortable, and opens a new world of possibilities every day, all of us at Watercolour Westport can’t wait to meet you! For more information about our cottage-style homes in historic Westport on the Upper Rideau, please contact us at 343-700-5471.

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