Moving into a smaller house or downsizing is a difficult time for everyone involved regardless of the reason for the move.
In your new property, you can expect to have less space, therefore it is often necessary to part with some of your belongings to ensure you can fit into your new home. Parting with items you have collected over the years is never easy as there is often a lot of sentimental value to things you own, however, if it is a necessity here are some helpful hints to make it easier.
• Request blueprints or the dimensions to your new home so you can ascertain how much space you have and therefore how many of your belongings you take with you and where you can put them.
• Pack room by room, try not to rush the packing process, take as much time as you can. Gather some boxes:
1. For the belongings you are going to take with you.
2. For items you cannot take with you but also can’t dispose of: ask a friend or relative if they have the space to store these items for you until you can have them back. Alternatively, contact a storage company or a self-storage company for a quote on storing your belongings. Before contacting one of these companies, ensure you have completely sorted through your things so you know how much storage space you will need to rent.
3. For belongings you are going to get rid of: some things will be old, damaged or broken and will need to be disposed of or recycled accordingly. Some items will be in a good condition, consider giving these to a charity shop. If you have any items you would like to sell, you can use free advertising websites, auction websites or private selling. What you decide to do greatly depends on whether you want to make some money from disposing of your belongings and how quickly you need to get rid of them.
• When deciding whether or not to keep something, ask yourself the following:
o Do I use it? How often?
o What do I use it for? Do I have something else that does the same job?
o Do I need it? Can I get by without it?
o Does it have any sentimental value? Is it replaceable?
o Is it in good condition? Is it going to last?
o Will it be used in your new home?
• Remember that deciding what to keep and what to get rid of can be an emotional time, consider this when interacting with other people affected by the move.
Moving into a smaller property, whilst it does have its negative side’s, can be quite beneficial.
• Easier to maintain: a smaller home is easier to maintain, quicker to clean and arrange and easier to keep tidy and decorate.
• Cheaper to maintain: smaller homes do not cost as much to heat, and they tend to stay warmer for longer (if they have sufficient insulation), insurance and taxes are cheaper and utility bills such as electricity should be cheaper.
• Cheaper to buy: Less debt = Less risk. With a smaller mortgage and therefore smaller debts, there is less risk
• Easier to sell: a smaller home is affordable to a larger percentage of the population, the market is increased making the property easier to sell.
• Encourages family interaction: With less space, you will be forced to spend more time in each other’s company, speaking and interacting more with one another and encouraging bonding.
• Less baggage: fewer possessions can often give you a feeling of weight lifted, sometimes we hold onto possessions for so long that instead of us owning them, they own us.