All you need to know about downsizing

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when considering downsizing your home. However, we at Mayfield have lots of experience to support our owners with the entire process, and can make your move as smooth-sailing as possible.

We’ve found many Mayfield owners enjoy the new lease of life it gives them to start afresh. They love the freedom they feel when they no longer have the responsibility, upkeep and cost of a larger home.

1. Research

Moving to a smaller home may earn you a lump sum, but don’t forget estate agent, conveyancing and stamp duty costs. Home Buying Service can be a good option as selling your property is certain, and there’s no chain (removing the worry of delays or withdrawals) or estate agent fees.

You’ll keep costs down because our new build properties are more efficient, better insulated and need less upkeep. Money saved can go towards the things you enjoy most.

2. Finding your perfect home

Whether you’re downsizing to be closer to family or for a change of scene, the location must be right, so explore it first. Are you a countryside lover or a city dweller? Finding the right way of life is important.

Retirement villages for over 55’s offer a sociable, luxurious living environment with fewer responsibilities. Mayfield provides the perfect balance of independence, beautiful surroundings and care and support should you ever need it.

3. A smooth-sailing move

Decluttering your belongings can be the hardest part of downsizing. Many people find the process emotional, yet refreshing.

The first thing to do is draw a floor plan of your new space and work out what furniture will fit. For special items that don’t fit, offer them to a family member or put them in storage with companies such as Lovespace. Anything else can be donated to charity shops, sold at auction or online sites such as Ebay, Gumtree and Freecycle.

Specialist companies such as The Senior Move Partnership can help you with the whole relocation process. From furniture planning, to packing up your house, they provide a hassle-free move.

4. The right move for you

Many people have found greater freedom when moving to a retirement village. With wide-ranging onsite facilities and activities, you can enjoy an active social scene or more independence, with lots on offer for visiting friends and family.

Mayfield Villages are not your stereotypical care homes – far from it. They offer quality retirement properties in a beautiful and fun environment where you can be as independent and sociable as you want.

Useful links to help with the move

Silverbridge Ltd: experienced part-exchange specialists

Special Auction Services: specialist and traditional auctioneers of antiques and collectables

The Senior Move Partnership: expert relocation providers, offering packing, planning and moving services

Mayfield receives a commission from Silverbridge if you choose to use them. None of the other partners receive a commission.

Downsizing needn’t be a scary prospect. Why not visit some of our properties and experience the Mayfield lifestyle? You might find your dream home and begin a wonderful new adventure.