Senior Downsizing Dos: Tips for a Quick Home Sale

Senior Downsizing Dos: Tips for a Quick Home Sale

When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 



Making the decision to downsize is a big step. Whether the move is for health reasons, financial reasons, for less hassle, to be closer to family or simply to enjoy a new adventure; you’re ready for all the future holds. But can you say the same for your home? Be sure of it with these senior downsizing dos.

Senior Downsizing by the Numbers

Those downsizing are in good company because according to the Demand Institute, more than 40 percent of Americans ages 50 to 64 plan to move within the next five years. In fact, the Policy Center cites that boomers are expected to place some 26 million homes on the market by 2030.

While the housing landscape is unique to each area, this influx could affect the local market, meaning your home needs to be in top shape to compete particularly when inventory levels are high.

5 Tips for a Quick Home Sale

Try to take the emotion out of it and look at your home through the buyer’s eyes. Chances are the familiar squeaks in the floor, that door that never shut right and the marks on the wall from when the kids were little won’t be as heartwarming to others.

Tip #1 – Tackle Inexpensive Updates

Start small with a fresh coat of paint and updated lighting to freshen up the space. Even changing out dingy outlet covers and light switches can make a difference. It’s always best to go with neutral colors and fixtures to appeal to the widest group of buyers.

Tip #2 – Invest Where It Counts

You may not be able to give the whole house a makeover, and even if you could, the overall return on investment may not be worth it. But, there are key areas of the home where updates count the most according to HGTV.

  • Kitchens: Here you can expect a 98.5 percent return on average for a minor remodel (cosmetic upgrades) and a 91 percent return for a complete remodel which would involve cosmetic as well as floor plan upgrades.
  • Bathrooms: Minor remodels that include replacing the tub, tile surround, floor, toilet, sink, vanity and fixtures typically average a 102 percent return.
  • Landscaping: This is a key to your home’s curb appeal and updates average a 100 percent return on your investment. What’s more, if you don’t have a green thumb yourself, many garden centers offer free design services.
  • Exterior Updates: Also a key to curb appeal, when you update your front entry, siding and/or paint you can expect a 95.5 percent return on average.

Tip #3 – Declutter and Depersonalize

This is often a tough one as we’re all attached to our belongings. But in order for buyers to buy they have to be able to picture themselves living in the home and building their own memories. Seeing too many of yours can be distracting.

As you clean out closets and cabinets, clear off surfaces and remove personal photos/memorabilia consider that you need to do this anyway to downsize into a new space. Start by dividing items into categories such as: keep, donate, gift to family or friends and throw away or recycle. And remember, downsizing is more manageable, and more fun, with friends and family to help and reminisce.

Tip #4 – Stage Your House

First impressions do matter and to ensure you make the most of them with buyers engage all the sense in staging your home:

  • Sight – Turn on the lights, open the drapes, fluff the pillows, have everything picked up and polished.
  • Sound – Play music in the background.
  • Scent – Use infusers and candles to create a sense of freshness and comfort.
  • Touch – Make sure all surfaces are clean and dust free, and that décor has a range of textures.
  • Taste – You often see home showings on television with cookies and snacks set out to entice buyers. It’s not a must, but a little hospitality never hurt.

Tip # 5 – Be Proactive

It’s smart to have your own inspection done before listing to uncover any issues you may be unaware of in the home. If any do come up, you can proactively address them to prevent the surprise thwarting a deal in the buyer’s inspection. Or, consider purchasing a one-year home warranty plan to cover repairs and replacement during the first year. This gives the buyer peace of mind, particularly when buying an older home.

Senior Downsizing Sanity Savers

There’s no avoiding it, listing your home for sale can cause some disruption in your day-to-day life. These tips may help you sell quicker, however it could be easiest to go ahead and move in to your next home to avoid living through the sales process.

If you don’t quite know yet where that new home will be, we can help there as well. Download our Staying Home vs. Moving to Senior Living Guide or schedule a tour of a community near you today!

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