There will often come to a time in your life when it’s time to downsize. There are many reasons to do so, whether it be children leaving home, financial problems, or perhaps even an unfortunate case of losing a loved one.
If that’s you and you are downsizing into a new home, then it can be a tough old task. Naturally, you’re going to have more possessions than is required in your new property, which leaves decisions to be made.
Below you’ll find our top tips on downsizing and the smoothest possible move…
Be Organised From The Start
From the very beginning of your downsizing you should have a clear idea on how much space you’re going to need. That means being organised from day one. Consider all the items you want to move, the space you need and how best you’ll use it.
That doesn’t need to be a definitive list, but it will help you not only in finding a property to suit your needs, but also when it comes to packing and knowing what you’ll take and what you’ll say goodbye to.
Within that organisation, practicality is the single most important thing when it comes to possessions. For example, if you’re moving from a four bedroom home into a two bedroom home, the need for four beds and mattresses is no longer there.
We also tend to find lots of clutter and unnecessary items that have been accumulated over the years, that now have no value to them. Being ruthless in this is always a good way to be. If you haven’t used it or looked at it for a year, then it could be time to throw it out.
Cash In On Unwanted Items
If you are going to be throwing out lots, then it could be worth cashing in and finding it a new home. It’s easier than ever to sell unwanted items, with the likes of Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree and eBay perfect for snapping a photo of the items and getting them listed.
Alternatively, you could find a carboot sale or gift them to a charity shop if you’re feeling a little more generous and want to donate to a worthy cause.
Consider Your Lifestyle
Away from the items and possessions you’ll take with you, downsizing will have an impact on your lifestyle for better or worse. The reasons for downsizing can be many, but that doesn’t mean you simply need to move into a smaller home.
Consider what you want from it, and how you can still maximise the usage of your space. For example, you may not need a four bedroom house anymore, but still require a large amount of outside space, or a garage.
Finding the right downsized property can be difficult, and if you find the one for you, it’s important a sale runs smoothly. If you’re having issues and worry the deal may fall through because you’re stuck in a chain, consider Fast Cash Property, which can provide you with a cash offer in as little as 24 hours.
If you’re looking for a quick sale in your downsizing, then get in touch today and we’ll help you get the selling process started.