Property downsizing is the process of moving into a smaller property. It can improve quality of life and free up capital, but it's a major decision. Here we explain the options, the possible benefits and when it may be suitable.
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In this guide
Downsizing might allow your relative to live independently more easily if their health or mobility have declined, or they are feeling lonely, or want to free up capital.
An overview of property downsizing options: staying on the property ladder, renting, moving to a park home, council or housing association tenants.
Practical advice on property downsizing: researching transport links, quality of life and safety of new areas, and other potential challenges.
Moving home can be especially stressful for older people. We explain how to get support, maybe using senior relocation services, and the value of advance planning and de-cluttering.
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Mary was 68 when her husband died unexpectedly. They lived in a large house in the Welsh countryside. She later downsized to a bungalow in a town four miles away, and she planned the move very thoroughly.
Read Mary's story