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What to look for in a new home when downsizing

Aug 30, 2019
What to look for in a new home when downsizing

There are plenty of reasons why you might be looking to downsize and move into a new home. Whatever your reason, use our essential guide to downsizing when buying a new home, to ensure that it's the right place for you.

Understand what works for you

Before you decide where you'd like to live, do some research on the area. If this is to be your forever home, make sure that it's in an area that you love.

Ask yourself these questions during the research stage:

  • What is there to do in the area?
  • Are there local activities for all ages?
  • What are the local amenities like?
  • Is getting around easy?
  • What is the public transport like?
  • Is there a strong sense of community?
  • Are there support networks for older people?
  • Is the area generally quiet and peaceful?
  • How far away is the nearest doctors surgery?

Consider what type of home you'd like

Downsizing and buying a new home can be an exciting time. It's your opportunity to pick a place that's suited to all of your needs. Whether that's cutting down on bedrooms, looking for a manageable garden or a one storey home. This is your time to find a house that ticks all of your boxes.

Buying a new build home is the perfect opportunity to start afresh and create a home that's tailored to you. With a new build, you can have peace of mind knowing that your home is built to the highest of standards and will last a lifetime. A new build doesn't require mountains of maintenance or DIY, so is perfect if you're looking to move in straight away without any hassle.

Usually built within a development of other houses, you can easily get to know the neighbours and become part of a close-knit community.

Don't be afraid to declutter

When buying a new home, you may need to declutter and get rid of a few things, especially if you're downsizing. You're likely to have lots of items that hold fond memories. But don't be afraid to leave behind some items that aren't essential for your new home. Collect all photographs and memorabilia into albums, or make digital copies so that they can easily be accessed and don't take up too much room.

It would be helpful to take stock of all items and create a 'must-have' list. Anything that doesn't fall onto that list can be donated to friends, family or charity. Downsizing doesn't mean that you'll have to discard personal items. However, when buying a new home, it's an opportunity to simplify your belongings.

Downsizing can be a very exciting time, as it's a chance to start a new chapter in your life. Whether you decide to move into a new build or an older home, make sure you have considered all options. There are many checklists and guides that can help with your downsizing journey. Which? offer a comprehensive downsizing checklist, which can help to make your journey smoother.

Find the perfect home for you with David Wilson Homes. Built with quality and care, you can rest assured knowing your home is tailored to your needs. We have a number of different developments in a various areas including Kent, Derbyshire, Wakefield & Yate.