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Downsizing without Downgrading

Downsizing your home doesn’t mean you need to downgrade your lifestyle; a small luxury home, could offer a significant improvement in quality of life.

Putting your house on the market and clearing out decade’s worth of possessions’ can be cathartic, but for most it’s overwhelming. Downsizing will defiantly take some adjustment, but it is definitely not as daunting as it may seem.

Some key things to bear in mind when considering a downsize and make the process a little easier;


  • 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.
  • Plan your space according to your current needs, don’t plan around future possibilities.
  • Make a list of what you really want to keep and review it regularly while building your granny annexe
  • Ask children to take what they want now so you only have what you need and not more.
  • Take the opportunity to create a new lifestyle, take the attitude “If it doesn’t fit, sell or donate”.
  • Get a feel for the size of your new rooms by comparing them to rooms of similar dimensions in your present home. For instance, your living-room-to-be might be roughly the same size as your current bedroom. You may think you can squeeze in two sofas, but this kind of reality check could help you realise that only one will fit comfortably.

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