Are you getting ready to downsize from a larger property to a smaller home? If so, this helpful guide can guide you on the ways to do so effectively and efficiently, so that the transition is as easy as possible. Whatever your reasons for downsizing, it is important that you have an understanding of what it means for both you and your belongings. Here are some useful tips.
Organise your belongings
As soon as you start considering downsizing, you should start to sort through all of your belongings and categorise them into items that you could not live without, to items that you don’t care about. It is important that you do this well in advance because this gives you a flexible period where you can sell or give away unwanted things (or even change your mind about keeping something or not). Make sure you are practical about what you will need. You won’t get use out of the extra mattresses if you are changing from a five-bedroom house to a two-bedroom flat, and you really won’t need the lawnmower either.
If you are in debate over certain items, then put them into a maybe category which you can sort through later on when you have had more time to consider.
Have a look at property choices
It is important that you consider what type of place you want to downsize to. If you are retiring, then perhaps consider buying a property where you won’t be required to do much maintenance. If your children have moved out of the house, then consider whether you want a spare bedroom they can stay in when they visit or if you would prefer to have somewhere even smaller that is solely for you. You will also need to make sure the property you’re downsizing to will fit all the belongings you want to keep, or narrow down your belongings a bit more.
Get a feel for the size of new homes
After you have considered what size property you are looking to downsize to, go and view some of them. It is very hard to gain a proper perspective of what a downsized home looks like unless you truly experience it in person. If possible, rearrange rooms in your current home that are of a similar size to the proposed new ones; so that you can see clearly what items fit and which ones could look out of place in a smaller location.
Get a good estate agent
When moving property, you need a reliable estate agent whom you feel would be best suited to aid you through the process. Selling one home and buying another is a strenuous business, however, when handled by the correct people it can become a much smoother transition. At Thomas H Wood Estate Agents, we aim to please all of our clients by providing a top-quality service that you can trust. We can help you narrow down your choices and give you tips for our years of experience in helping people just like you! Visit www.thomashwood.com for more information.