There comes a moment in everyone’s lives when they look around and wonder if their home has got too big for them. It might be that all the children have flown the nest or that you just don’t throw as many parties as you used to, but whatever the reason you can soon find yourself considering downsizing.
When this happens and you make the decision to sell you will find plenty of options at your disposal to help you move into a new home. McCarthy and Stone downsizing is one such service and highlights how moving to smaller property doesn’t have to mean downgrading.
Here are a few key reasons why compact bijou homes can be a fantastic lifestyle choice.
- Spick and span
The main reason to love a more bijou home is that having fewer or smaller rooms will instantly reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning, dusting, vacuuming and polishing. Less time spent on housekeeping chores will leave you with more free time to do other things – perhaps even take up that language course you’ve always wanted to try.
- No more winter blues
When the winter sets in, we all reach for the thermostat to check that the heating is working. During those long cold months many people struggle to pay their heating bills and risk their own health by turning it off altogether. However, a smaller home means less space that needs heating and cheaper bills to pay in the long run.
- Your own style
Decorating can be expensive at the best of times but downsizing will mean that this task is a lot easier on your budget. With smaller rooms you can flex your creative muscle and make them feel much larger without spending a fortune. Installing plenty of storage is vital and moving home is a great opportunity to de-clutter and reorganise your possessions.
Many people find rattling around a large house on their own quite daunting so downsizing to something smaller can actually make you feel more secure during nights alone.
- Paying your dues
The recent introduction of the bedroom tax has prompted many people to take in a lodger to avoid paying the extra levy. If this option doesn’t appeal to you then downsizing to a cosier home may be the right choice to make.
- The homely touch
One great advantage of a bijou home is that everything is within easy reach. If you move from a house to an apartment then the days of carrying heavy and awkward items (such as a vacuum cleaner) up and down the stairs are over. Neighbours are also closer which can make for a greater sense of community and a wider circle of friends.