Downsizing for Retirement? Use our Handy Guide to Ditch the Stress!
It’s not uncommon for people to consider downsizing their home when approaching retirement, especially in houses that have tons of spare bedrooms and unused space.
Once the kids have moved out and gotten places of their own, a house can become quite a pain to keep clean, and often people can pick up mobility issues during their later years meaning navigating steep or twisty stairs several times a day can also (literally) become a pain!
A great way to eliminate all of the problems that come with maintaining a large house is to downsize your home; not only can this make life much simpler, but it can also yield a great payout too! Selling your home and buying something smaller and cheaper will leave you with tons of money left over to enjoy however you please.
In this short post, we’ll share our top tips for downsizing your home for retirement in the most stress-free way possible.
Plan as early as Possible
A great way to simplify your downsize is to start planning as early as possible. If you’re approaching retirement this is the perfect time to consider the option, as people often find that the older they get, the less they want to deal with a house move.
Think about what sort of things you’ll need as you get older. For example would you need a single-story home with larger entryways and wider door frames? If your partner had an accident or another unexpected event occurs, will you be able to reach a telephone easily? Thinking ahead will put you in a much better position when it comes time to make a move into a downsized home.
Sell or Donate Items You Don’t Need
While downsizing comes with tons of great benefits, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to comfortably fit all of your existing items and furniture into your new home. If you’re willing to let go of some of these items, you could make some extra cash by selling furniture and other products on websites such as eBay or Gumtree.
Alternatively, we offer a wide range of secure and affordable self-storage units for those larger items that you want to keep, but don’t have room for in your new home. You can call our friendly team on 01274 975 678 for more information.
Use Professional Movers
Nothing makes a house move more stressful than the stress of packing, carrying and transporting a whole house’s contents. While this is stressful at any age, it can be considerably more risky during one’s later years, especially when it comes to moving heavy items and furniture.
If your friends and family members are unable to help with the heavy lifting, it’s certainly worth calling a few recommended removal companies to get a quote. Not only will this eliminate the need to carry and transport your items alone, but it also gives the added benefit of professional experience, cutting down the chances of any damage to your belongings during transport.
So there we have our top tips for downsizing your home during retirement, be sure to check back on our blog soon for more great tips and guides and should you have any questions regarding the most reliable self storage Bradford has to offer contact us today!