Are you thinking about packing up your family home and finding somewhere smaller to live?
Planning is key – Packing your home into boxes can be a real chore, particularly when you are moving to a smaller property, but planning well in advance can make it easier. Think about where you will unpack your belongings and in which room each box should be placed. If you haven’t got it all sorted ahead of the move then just make sure you label all your boxes clearly.
Be realistic about what you can take – Downsizing is your chance to have a spring clean and focus on exactly what you want in your new home, as well as what you don’t. You may have furniture which is too big for your new home. Think ahead and make sure you have taken proper measurements of your new property.
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.
Use floor plans to prearrange your furniture before the move. This is another useful reality check. To start, draw plans if you don't have any, and sketch in a furniture layout. Then look at the plans realistically; if you've crammed in side tables, armoires and chairs, you need to edit more. Don't wait until after you move to contend with furniture you'll just end up tripping over.