Things to Consider When Downsizing To A Smaller Home

TMAAT October 16, 2015

Be Realistic
When you’re living in a larger home, you tend to accumulate a lot of furniture to suit your current room sizes. If you’re moving into a smaller house, be realistic about whether your furniture is likely to fit in smaller rooms.

Take the time to measure larger furnishings, such as sofas, dining suites, buffet cabinets, wardrobes, pianos, or pool tables. Then check whether they’ll fit properly into the new home.

Your removalists will be happy to shift whatever furniture you have from the larger home over to the smaller new home. However, if they can’t fit your things into the new house, you could have a problem. Speak to your removal company and ask them to help you estimate what furnishings might pose a problem during moving day.

Minimising Clutter
If you have already made the decision to downsize your home, it may be time to decide whether you’re also ready to downsize your possessions too. Moving to a smaller property means you’re likely to have a lot less storage space for all your belongings.

Start clearing out anything that you don’t want to take with you to the next property.
The more you cull from your belongings, the less you have to move. You’ll also have fewer things to store at the new property.

Sell Unwanted Stuff
You could throw away the things you don’t want to take with you or give away furniture that won’t fit into the new home. However, that could mean you need to spend money buying replacement furniture that does fit.

Selling your furnishings can help to build up a cash reserve that can contribute towards covering the cost of buying replacement items. You could hold a garage sale to get rid of those items. You could also put them up for sale on eBay or GumTree.

The more money you make, the more you’ll have to put towards buying new things that are more size-appropriate for your new home. If you don’t need to buy anything new, then you’ll have some extra cash to put towards enjoying your new lifestyle instead.

Downsizing your home is a big decision, so be sure to take some time to plan your move thoroughly before jumping in. Check what impact downsizing could have on your finances and work out what alternative costs you might expect after the move.

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