25 Feb

Downsizing your home #reasonstomove

Posted 25/02/2016 by: Reeds Rains

There are many reasons for downsizing, whether you’re looking to save money or maybe your children have flown the nest and you no longer require a large property. The process can be both stressful and time-consuming and that’s before you start organising your move. Here at Reeds Rains we are here to help make your transition as stress free and easy as possible, find out how we could help you here.

If you are thinking about downsizing your home, take a look at our top tips here…

  • List your must-haves – what do you need from your new property?
  • Think about location – How far away will you be from family members or local amenities and what are the transport links like?
  • Be ahead of the game – make sure you are signed up to property alerts so that you’re amongst the first to be made aware of new listings as they’re added.
  • Sort out your finances – book a mortgage appointment with a Reeds Rains mortgage advisor who will talk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.
  • Have a clear out – you’ve probably filled your current home with things you have accumulated over the years and have had the space to keep, it’s highly probable that you won’t be able to move everything into your smaller home so start clearing out now.
  • Sell your stuff – if you have furniture, clothes and other things that are in good condition, consider selling these via sites like eBay and Gumtree or donating to charity rather than binning.
  • Measure your furniture – it might not fit in your new home so it’s essential you check this now and only take what you will need.
  • If there are things you don’t want to part with but can’t fit in your new home, explore other options such as storage.
  • Start early – the earlier you start clearing out and organising your belongings the quicker and easier it will be when you come to move.
  • Don’t do everything at once - we recommend tackling one room at a time to prevent getting overwhelmed.

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