Top tips for a smooth downsizing journey

If you’re looking to downsize but are concerned about the stresses that come with selling and moving house, look no further. We’ve put together our top tips to help you downsize easily, letting you start fresh and avoid the complications that others tend to fall into!

Written by

Holly Herbert

1. Make a plan

Planning is key to staying organised and avoiding stress, and this is especially true when you move house. Moving home is one of the most stressful things that we experience in our lifetimes, so taking steps to reduce this is really important.

While you can’t control every aspect of selling and moving, you can do certain things to keep you on top of the process and help you feel calm and collected. Make sure that you know the ins and outs of the entire selling journey so you’re not caught out by any surprises – hidden costs and timeframes are the two that can be the most disruptive. To make things easier for you, the Beechcroft sales team are always on hand to offer help and support to keep you on track throughout your experience.

What are the hidden costs of moving house?

Whether you’re buying, selling, or both, there are hidden costs that you should take into account, such as –

  • Stamp duty

  • Legal fees

  • Survey costs

  • Estate agent fees

  • Conveyancing fees

  • Moving costs

The average homeowner spends up to £9,000 when they move to a new house, which is a huge cost if you’re not expecting it – especially if you’re downsizing to save money for retirement. Knowing these costs is key to having the best move possible and avoiding struggling financially during the moving period.

Currently, the stamp duty holiday has been extended making now the perfect time for any downsizers keen to make the move to make the most of the money they can save, which we cover more about here, in our article what the stamp duty holiday means.

2. Measure your furniture

Downsizing generally means that you’re moving to a smaller house, and with this, you’ll most likely need to get rid of some of your furniture. If you’re moving to a house with less bedrooms especially, you’ll probably have quite a lot of items that won’t fit in your new home which you’ll need to dispose of.

There are several ways you can get rid of furniture you no longer need –

  • Give to family or friends (there’s almost always someone moving house that is in need of things)

  • Sell or give away online on sites such as Gumtree

  • Donate to charity

If the furniture is not in a good condition, it can be taken to the tip. If you’re not able to take it, you may be able to arrange for your council to pick it up to dispose of it for you.

Another top tip is to measure the furniture that you want to take with you, to make sure that everything will fit when you get to your new home. Moving day is stressful enough as it is, and nothing will make that worse than finding out that your items won’t fit comfortably in the rooms.

3. Decluttering

Decluttering is a key part of downsizing to avoid filling your house and having it cramped with things you don’t really need or want. It can be a big step to take, especially if you’ve lived in your home for a long time and have been collecting for years.

The best way to start with decluttering is to allow plenty of time before your moving day – too much pressure on yourself or too little time and the job won’t get done. Setting yourself a target to do half an hour a day or get rid of a certain amount of items each day is a good way to keep motivated without pushing too hard and ending up burning out.

Decluttering can be a difficult thing for a lot of people, especially if you know that you like to collect and keep things but remind yourself that you simply won’t have the space to keep everything and try to be as strict as you can.

You can then decide what you want to do with the items you’re getting rid of –

  • Give away to friends or family

  • Sell online

  • Donate to charity

  • Throw away

The added bonus of decluttering is that you can align it with your packing – getting two jobs done at the same time and reducing the amount that you’ll need to pack. It also helps you organise the house better and get it looking its best which is exactly what you want when selling, so if you’ve been asking yourself “how can I sell my house quickly?” decluttering is an excellent option!

Downsizing is a very exciting time in a homeowner’s life, so you want to be able to make the most of it. These tips should help you have the best moving process possible, letting you start fresh and enjoy your time in a new home!

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