Decided to downsize? Here are a few things to consider

Downsizing is no longer something that you do when you pay off your mortgage and your family has all grown up and fled the nest! Young people are also downsizing, and it has become a bit of a trend, helped in no small part by the cost-of-living crisis and the rapid growth of property prices in recent years. This is helping to keep smaller house prices strong because, while larger homes are desirable, they are not in demand quite as much. But it’s not all about numbers—people are downsizing for a host of reasons, so what are they?

Liberating your life

Downsizing can be a liberating experience. You get to move to a more compact home, and because of this, you need to declutter. It’s a bit like giving your life a good spring cleaning. Finally, you can say goodbye to all those belongings that you no longer need or want. You have probably forgotten why you bought some of these things in the first place! On the other hand, you will want to keep other, more sentimental items and the things that still mean something to you or are at the very least useful. This helps refocus your life and allows you to concentrate on what’s important.

What’s important to you?

If you have retired and you want to enjoy your life, then releasing the equity in your home by selling up and moving to something smaller makes a lot of sense. You can’t take it with you! Having worked hard most of your life, you want to live it to the fullest. This principle applies to the younger demographic too. Many people view life a little differently than in the past and place a lot of emphasis on the adventure of life. Travelling, holidays, socialising, and hobbies are as important as paying a mortgage.

Easy living

Less cleaning, maintenance, and effort required to keep your home in order is a tempting prospect for many. Decorating your home is easier, and perhaps an emphasis on quality in place of size sways some home movers to enjoy more compact spaces that are accessorised to the standards they desire.

Lower living costs

When all is said and done, the fact remains that smaller homes tend to cost less to run. Cheaper energy bills will save you money, and you will most likely pay less in council tax. Your mortgage payments could also be lower. If you are downsizing from a bigger property and have good levels of equity in your current home, you could become mortgage-free or reduce its term significantly.

It’s important to plan

Careful planning is a good idea. You may need to change your furniture, and saying goodbye to certain items can be emotional. Consider all aspects of your new life. From family visits to spare rooms to space for your hobbies. A good tip is to use your floor plan to work out what is going where in as much detail as possible. Then enjoy your new life with a little more money and time to concentrate on your newfound freedom!

Are you interested in downsizing or moving to a bigger property? Get in touch today.