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Downsizing your home

At a certain time of life, when the kids have left home and you have more space than you need, you may be considering downsizing. This is a great way to start a new chapter of your life, and release some equity from your property to purchase a smaller place and to give you the freedom to do some of the things you have always wanted to.

 

If you are downsizing, and you have found a smaller place, you will need to consider what you are taking with you and what you are getting rid of. Movingboom have put together a short guide to downsizing and moving to a smaller property.

 

Be ruthless.

 

You should make an inventory of what you have in your house and start ticking off items that you are taking and items that you no longer need. You could also make piles of things in rooms to start to get an idea of what you will and will not need. Be ruthless, don’t hold on to things just for sentimental reasons. If it has no use in your new life, get rid. Liberate yourself by reducing the number of things you have, and let them find a new home by donating to charity.

 

Be practical.

 

Think about what you will need to take with you in practical terms. For example: if you are moving into a flat, you will not need a lawnmower or the garden furniture set. Only take what you need. If you don’t need it, donate it, or even sell it online to raise some extra money to help you move or just to do something nice.

 

If you are moving to a smaller house, you will have extra furniture that you will no longer need. Less rooms means you need less things, so look to donate or sell and furniture that you no longer need such as beds, mattresses, wardrobes and chests of drawers.

 

Cash in.

 

Make some cash from the things you no longer need. Advertising on Gumtree you will be amazed at what people will pay money for, so if you are looking to make some extra money to put in the moving pot, photograph your items and post ads online. Advertising on Gumtree in your local area means that if you do sell an item, the buyer will usually call round and collect meaning that you have to do very little.

 

If you have any items that you think may be worth some money, do your research and get specialist advice so that you do not sell anything for less than it is worth. Items that have particular value such as antiques, would be better sold in specialist market places or auctions. If you have a good idea of the price, contact specialist buyers and try to strike a deal.

 

Think about space.

 

Consider how much space you have in your new smaller home. Make a list of the rooms, and add items that you are thinking of taking with you to the list under each room. By doing this you will be able to build up a picture of what you need to take and what you should get rid of.

 

Save money moving.

 

Moving house costs money, and the cost of hiring a removals company will depend on how much stuff you need to move, and how far you need to move it. By following the steps, we have provided, you can downsize successfully so that you only take with you the things that you need to start your new life.

To find out exactly how much it will cost to move to your new house, you can request a quote using Movingboom. We will match you to up to 5 removals companies in seconds, who will offer free no obligation quotes on moving you to your new home. Give us a try and you could save up to 50% on your moving costs by comparing removals company quotes.