Home is where the heart...and soul is


With many of us spending more time at home, we have a new appreciation and need for space.

Pre COVID-19 some of us were able to get by with modest living areas, as we spent our time at work and school, then maybe grabbed something quick for dinner between activities, socializing, shopping, etc. We choose where to live based on where we work, and how much property we want based on how much time is spent at home.

Now we are working, schooling, cooking, eating, working out, and socializing all from home.

Maybe you are fortunate to have excess room to create office space, schoolwork space for the kids, and room for more than one cook in the kitchen.
Some are opting for refinancing and making alterations to the current home, building an addition, or finishing lower levels for increased living space.

If you decide to upsize to a larger home in a more rural area, you will be in competition with many folks looking for the same thing for the same reasons. Unfortunately, there are not many homes available to purchase these days.

As the promise of Spring, vaccines, and return to normalcy is upon us, we can hope to see more homeowners decide to make that move and list their homes for sale. That would open the market for more buyer opportunities. If the interest rates remain low, we could potentially enjoy a healthy housing market in many ways.

In the meantime, finding a quiet corner away from the other action going on with everyone staying home can be a challenge. Being creative with your space and time may help. Find an area that currently houses décor and replace it with a desk and shelving to store those books, folders, electronics, etc. A lap desk can be comfortable and efficient working from a favorite chair.

A SmartTV will allow access to internet for Google classroom, Zoom meetings for work, and virtual visits with friends and family. Taking turns using these options and quiet places can allow everyone some work time in privacy while others enjoy time spent at home.

If you are a mature adult in need of transitioning out of your larger family home to a smaller place, perhaps an assisted living or extended care community, or if you wish to rent, you can contact a Senior Real Estate Specialist who can assist with your goals and unique situation to create a plan for a safe move at the right time. Now more than ever it’s more than just a home sale. It is a coordinated plan to prepare the home for sale while transitioning to your future lifestyle safely and timely.

In any case, if now is not the time to make that move, you can use the opportunity at home to organize, downsize and be prepared when the situation is safe to do so.
Cleaning out closets, drawers and basements can be done now while it is cold outside. Once the weather gets a little better you can go outside and get the property ready for sale.

Hopefully we are coming to an end of this unique situation. But maybe we can find some positives in it all with newfound ways to be happy at Home Sweet Home.


Donna DeLauro is a Realtor at RE/MAX Real Estate Center in Coventry. She is also a Senior Real Estate Specialist and the Proud Founder of Mature Matters. For more information she can be reached at donnadelauro@hotmailcom


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