Downsizing and What You Need to Know In Selecting a New Home

When considering refining the quality of your lifestyle by downsizing and moving to a smaller, healthier and sustainable new home, you should have a list of ideal requirements to guide you in your decision-making. By having a list of requirements to refer to, you will be able to select a new home that will provide comfort, improved quality of life, and peace of mind.

The following green home list will help guide you in making an informed decision in selecting your new home:

  • Location.  Location, location still applies when selecting a new home. The street, neighborhood, town or city, and country, which you move to, are very significant because they reflect what is important to you.
  • Walkable Communities. With increasing energy costs and climate considerations, the ability to walk to basic services is a key. Walkable communities allow easy access to the bank, grocery, dental, restaurants, commercial offices, community centers, and public transportation access. Walkable communities help increase physical exercise and offer mental and social benefits.
  • Low or No-Maintenance Landscaping. No yard work is best. Let a homeowner’s association take care of lawn and snow removal.
  • Green Building Techniques.  Invest only in homes that incorporate green building techniques and materials making them energy and water efficient, providing a healthy environment and reducing the environmental impact over a lifetime of the home.
  • Healthy Ventilation.  Natural ventilation, energy efficient heating and cooling systems are necessary. Up-to-date ventilation systems provide an even flow of fresh air continuously.
  • Healthy Building Materials and Finishes. Make sure your new home has utilized recycled and environmentally friendly building products. A home that contains healthy materials and finishes with low and no-VOCs ensures good indoor air quality
  • Energy and Water-Efficiency.  Your new home should minimize the use of energy and water by using efficient materials and products. Using water saving strategies and energy efficient appliances in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms significantly improves water and energy consumption.
  • Appliances and Other Products. Think of the future and make sure user-friendly, energy efficient appliances, lighting fixtures and other products are part of the deal.
  • Natural Day-Lighting. Good natural light is essential because it lifts the spirits and lessens demands on electricity.  The integration of natural lighting helps an interior to feel more spacious and offers spaces of all sizes a visual element.
  • Space Plan. The space plan should allow the indoors and outdoors to connect. Look for features that will allow future comfort, such as extra-wide doors with flared door handles and wide hallways, bathrooms with walls prepared for grab bars, and flexible spaces allowing the living room, dining kitchen area to flow into one.

Lynn Hoffman Design, LLC can help you downsize and plan for your new home. To learn about our range of Sustainable Interior Design, Universal Design and Consulting services available in Connecticut, New York and areas beyond, contact us at 203.984.4695 or email us at


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