According to recent stats, more than a third of over 55s living in the UK are either currently considering downsizing, or expect to do so at some point in the future.
If you’re considering downsizing, these top tips will help you consider your options.
If you’re planning to downsize at some point in the future, start thinking about it early. This will give you plenty of time to research and plan, without the pressure of an urgent need rushing you into something you’re not ready for.
Think about the type of lifestyle you want, not just the type of property. Those who have already downsized have said that some of the biggest benefits are social ones, so think about where you might be happiest in terms of social interaction, independence and amenities.
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and support from family, friends or professionals. Many downsizers have lived in the same property for many years and may find the idea of finding a new home and selling their existing property quite daunting. If you don’t have family members or friends able to help, there are a number of other impartial sources of information and support you can access, including Age UK and the uk website.
Choose your location carefully. You may love the idea of rolling countryside views, but in later life it’s important that you have easy access to the facilities you need. Having amenities within walking distance and good transport links will have a big influence on how independent you’re able to remain.
Think ahead – you may be healthy, active and independent (and plan to stay that way for many years to come!), but what if things should unexpectedly change? Would the new home you’re considering buying cater for any changing needs, or does it have the potential to be adapted to do so?
If you’re considering downsizing, Quickmove Properties could not only help you find your next home, we could also take the hassle out of selling your existing property with our part exchange and assisted move services. For more information about how Quickmove Properties could help you downsize to your forever home, call now on: 01793 840917 or email: email@example.com
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