Why aren’t we all downsizing?
The simple answer is that we do not even think about it until later life – even though downsizing, can be beneficial at any time of life.
Homeowners spend years upsizing. Young families and couples who enjoy entertaining focus on buying a succession of larger houses with gardens. It’s difficult to change this mindset once the children have grown up and left home or when you no longer entertain as much.
Have you ever decided against a property that won’t ‘fit’ your current furniture – the large dining table that you only use on special occasions? Have you ever said you want a four-bedroom house in case people visit – but the only time anyone stays is at Christmas?
In our experience, once people change their mindset, they find that downsizing is a life-changing experience which allows them to enjoy their leisure time.
Of course, leaving a place where you’ve lived for years is not easy. Our family homes hold happy memories and we are comfortable in areas we know well but moving to a new community can mean living alongside like-minded people who become friends – so downsizing can mean a whole new social life.
Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean compromising on space – inside or out - though. You don’t have to downsize from a house to an apartment or downsize to a tiny house from a large family home. You can find homes that provide plenty of living space but with fewer bedrooms than your large family house.