Hunters recommend several key things to consider when downsizing.

In our experience with downsizers, we find the overwhelming response is that they’ve never looked back since making the move.

Many people like the idea of downsizing but are often put off by the perceived amount of disruption and effort involved. It can be easy to find plenty of excuses not to seriously examine the case for going through with it.


In our experience with downsizers, we find the overwhelming response is that they’ve never looked back since making the move. People often find they are more comfortable, feel more secure, and that things are more manageable than before.


When downsizing your home, Hunters Estate Agent recommend several key things to consider:


  1. Space requirements:


Assess your current and future space needs. Consider the number of rooms, storage space, and overall square footage required to comfortably accommodate your lifestyle. You probably won’t miss rooms you only use infrequently.


  1. Decluttering and organizing:


Downsizing often involves getting rid of unnecessary belongings. Evaluate your possessions and decide what to keep, sell, donate, or discard.


  1. Lifestyle adjustments:


Downsizing may require adjusting your lifestyle. Consider how the change in space will impact your daily routines, hobbies, and activities. Determine if you need to make any modifications or compromises to adapt to the smaller living space.


  1. Financial implications:


Downsizing can have financial benefits, such as reduced mortgage payments, property taxes, running and maintenance costs. You must also consider the cost of moving, potential renovations, and any changes in property value. Some downsizers may be lucky enough to receive a lump sum.


  1. Location and amenities:


Evaluate the location of your new home and its proximity to essential amenities like grocery stores, healthcare facilities, public transport, and recreational areas. You should also think about proximity to friends and family.


  1. Accessibility and futureproofing:


Consider your current and future mobility needs. If you plan to age in situ, ensure that the downsized home is accessible and adaptable to any potential physical limitations.


  1. Emotional attachment:


Downsizing can be emotionally challenging, especially if you have lived in your current home for a very long time. Take time to process your emotions and consider how the move will impact your emotional well-being. It can seem like a daunting venture, but many people will have had the experience of moving before.


  1. Moving logistics:


Plan the logistics of the move. If feasible, consider hiring professional movers who are experienced at packing, and unpacking. Create a timeline and budget to ensure a smooth transition to your downsized home.


  1. Social network and community:


Consider the impact of downsizing on your social network and community. If you are moving to a new area, research local organizations, clubs, and activities that align with your interests to help establish a new support system.


  1. Adaptability:


While downsizing may be suitable for your current needs, consider the potential for future changes in circumstances. Assess whether the downsized home can accommodate any potential life changes, or if you may need to downsize further in the future.


If you are considering downsizing or upsizing, please contact Joe Donohoe at our Donnybrook to discuss.


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