Right-size your home and upsize your life

Moving from your forever home is a huge decision. It can be place where you raised your children and where a lifetime of memories were created. Yet, there comes a time when your much loved home may no longer align with your needs. Whether it’s the practicality of managing a larger property or the desire to be closer to loved ones, downsizing is a deeply personal and multifaceted choice. While financial considerations can certainly play a role—unlocking equity for inheritance planning or bolstering retirement funds—the decision is never an easy one.

 

How can you approach this life-changing choice?

 

Thinking Ahead
Project yourself into the future, about five years down the line. Think about your future needs, travel plans, and how much space you will need. By thinking and acting proactively you will avoid being forced to act by circumstances. When this does happen, it can be a far more stressful and distressing situation to navigate than when you are making active choices.

 

Practical Considerations
Consider the practicalities of the location of your future home. How accessible are healthcare facilities? Is public transport readily available? It’s worth exploring various housing options, including the rising trend of renting in retirement. Renting not only provides financial flexibility but also eliminates the burden of stamp duty—a common obstacle for those considering downsizing.

 

Benefits Beyond Personal Gain
Right-sizing isn’t just a personal decision; it’s a contribution to the housing market. By moving from a larger property, you’re benefiting other people, people at the stage of life you were when you first bought your home. It’s a chance to be part of a broader positive impact on the property market.

 

Ask for help
If it has been a long time since you have navigated the property market, don’t hesitate to ask for help from family, friends and professionals. Choose an estate agent that you feel comfortable with and don’t be afraid to ask them all of your questions. Familiarise yourself with available properties that are within your budget, manage your expectations, and keep reminding yourself of the benefits of a different, more manageable space.

 

Embrace Change as a Positive Experience
Change is never easy, especially when it involves leaving the comfort of a home filled with memories. However, try to view this move as an opportunity to prioritise your lifestyle over maintaining a home designed for a different phase of your life. Consider the positive aspects of a different home—potentially closer to local amenities, less maintenance—and see it as an opportunity to enhance your overall lifestyle.

It’s time to embrace new possibilities, prioritise your well-being, and, while right-sizing your home, upsize your lifestyle.

 

If you would like to discuss how we can help you to get started on your downsizing journey in Moreton-in-Marsh please give us a call on 01608 695252 or send an email to hello@distinctpropertyconsultants.co.uk and we will be happy to discuss your options with you.

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