One of the biggest barriers to making a downsizing move is math. Some numbers come in the form of finances, independent living communities are not inexpensive, but if those calculations work for you, then your biggest math problem will come in the form of square footage. The largest floor plans tend to be cottages, topping out at around 1,600 square feet. Apartments can be far smaller, starting at a cozy 500 square feet. According to the National Builders Association, the average US home is some 2,700 square feet.
Using that 2,700 square foot average home for our example, someone downsizing would have between 1,100 and 2,200 square feet of things that won’t fit. That is a lot of stuff. No wonder the decision to downsize gets put off! But fear not.
Some of those decisions will be easy. If you are considering a 2 bedroom floor plan, you may already know that at least 1 bedroom of your current 3 bedroom house won’t be making the move. Separate dining and formal living rooms are not typically found in independent living spaces, so all that furniture will likely need a new home too.