Top tips for mov­ing to a smaller prop­erty

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MOV­ING to a new house can be an ar­du­ous task but when you are down­siz­ing from a fam­ily home and lots of space to a smaller prop­erty, it can be even more daunt­ing.

How­ever with some plan­ning and con­sid­er­a­tion about what you need, you will find that ‘right­siz­ing’ as op­posed to down­siz­ing can be a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence that sets you up for the fu­ture and fits your life­style.

NAEA Prop­er­ty­mark has put to­gether some top tips to help make the ‘right- size’ process as stress free and sim­ple as pos­si­ble.

Get or­gan­ised

Make a list of all the tasks you need to un­der­take, and the timescale in which you need to com­plete them by. Know­ing what you have to do, and the time you have to do it will make the whole process a lot sim­pler.

Be prac­ti­cal

Re­al­is­ti­cally, if you’re mov­ing from a four- bed­room house to a two- bed­room bun­ga­low, you’re not go­ing to be able to take all your be­long­ings with you. When think­ing about what to get rid of, be prac­ti­cal. You prob­a­bly won’t need the ex­tra beds, mat­tresses and bed­ding, and do you re­ally use that old pres­sure cooker in the util­ity room?

Don’t be afraid to be ruth­less

Ditch­ing clut­ter can be tough so it’s im­por­tant to be strong and de­ci­sive when do­ing so. Ap­proach it as though you’re hav­ing a spring clean, or a house detox. You’ll feel cleansed and more op­ti­mistic about the move af­ter­wards. If you can’t live with­out it, keep it.

Es­tab­lish how much room you have

Draw up a ‘ to- scale’ floor­plan so you can see how your ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture will fit into each room, and then mea­sure your big­ger items of fur­ni­ture to es­tab­lish how and if they’ll fit.

Think about the ad­di­tional costs

It’s im­por­tant to fac­tor in any es­tate agency fees, and you will pay stamp duty on any pur­chase in ex­cess of £ 125,000. Other ex­penses in­clude solic­i­tor and con­veyanc­ing fees, a sur­vey home buyer’s re­port and re­movals which can all mount up.

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