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Top tips for homeowners moving to a smaller property

"Like any home purchase there are some basic things to keep in mind if you choose to downsize your home. Remembering that you may have to sell, store or give away some of the furniture you no longer need, and planning that well in advance can really help.

"Downsizing is also an opportunity to boost the money you’ll save on energy bills by improving the energy efficiency of your home, for example by ensuring it’s properly insulated".

1. Plan your packing well in advance:
Packing up a large home can be an off-putting chore, but planning well in advance can make it easier. Think about where you will be un-packing items and which room your belongings will be placed in, and then pack your boxes by the bookcase, shelf, or cupboard they’ll end up in. If you haven’t got it all mapped out just yet then simply make sure you label all your boxes clearly so when you unpack there aren’t any surprises.

2. Don’t take what you don’t need:

Downsizing is also your chance to have a thorough spring clean and focus on exactly what you want in your new home, and what you don’t. You may have furniture which isn’t suitable for your new home, or that could do with replacing. So think ahead and make sure you have taken proper measurements of your new property, so you don’t struggle on moving day with items that you probably shouldn’t have brought with you.

3. Set up your utilities as soon as possible

It isn’t nice to move into a new property and spend ages getting the gas and electricity up and running. So check with the agent and get the details of the previous utility providers so you can call them to set up new accounts. Also, make sure that your phone and broadband services are ordered prior to moving in as these often take a number of weeks to become active. 

4. Maximise space:

Your new home might have less elbow room, but think carefully about the layout, and look at ways you can get the most out of the space available. Often if a house has been occupied for some time, the owners may have used a bedroom for storage or a study.

5. Ask the professionals

Often the easiest way of getting the most up-to-date information that you need about moving home is to consult a respected, local professional. Agents who are members of the NAEA are experienced, qualified and licensed.

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