Downsizing And Buying A Home For Myself

I lived for a very long time in a beautiful house with my husband and children. Then, my children grew up and got homes of their own, and my husband passed away. I’m getting older myself, and I know that I’m having a harder time walking up the stairs. That’s why I chose to sell that beautiful home and to get a place that was much better suited to me.

Every time we’d bought a house, my husband did much of the talking, so it was a bit liberating and a bit frightening for me to do the talking myself. I had to come up with a list of things I wanted, and I felt so strangely because I don’t think anyone had ever asked what I wanted. It was always what “we” wanted, or what the children needed. Simply choosing what I wanted was a strange sensation.

I tried to take my time and think about what I truly needed for my health, and what I needed to save money in taxes. I knew I didn’t want to go to an assisted living facility. I knew I wanted my own home. Other than that, I didn’t mind so much, as long as it was a one-story building.

The realtor took me to a number of little houses, and I did see some I liked, but nothing stood out to me. I was sure that I was going to find something that was acceptable, but I wasn’t sure I would find something I loved. Everyone always said I was a little unrealistic, so I kept hoping.

Finally I got a phone call from my realtor to come down and check out what she found. And I have to say that I was in love with the place before I saw it. She did a great job of describing it, and when I saw it, I knew I wanted it. It was a bit more than my budget would allow, but I just had to have it. I asked if I could speak to the owner directly, in the hopes that he or she would feel kindly toward an aging woman.

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The owner was gracious enough to speak with me, and while I wouldn’t suggest that tactic to anyone, it worked a bit for me. I just had to take a bit more money out of my savings. I didn’t mind doing it of course; finding a house that I could call my own was worth the money. I was so proud of my self that I practically walked around with my chest puffed out for days!

Overall, I’m very glad I went through the process of buying a home on my own. After all, I did it. And I’m happy as well. I hope that all aging adults will think of this story as inspirational. If I can find a great home, so can you. I wish you all the very best of luck in a home that you truly enjoy.

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