Judith’s Diary

INTERIOR DESIGN – THE DOWNSIZING DILEMMA

Watching Phil Spencer struggling with buyer Margot in last week’s episode of Location, Location, Location (watch here) got me thinking about the dilemma that faces people looking to downsize. I’ve conducted many house viewings over the years and the episode illustrated my experience – many downsizers simply aren’t ready to downsize. So here are a few tips if you are facing a downsize for whatever reason.

Mindset

In my opinion, this is probably the most important aspect. Frequently, buyers present as downsizers, and this may be their intention, but when it comes to viewing properties they say the property or the rooms are too small. I think this stems from the fact that the buyers have not considered the implications of downsizing sufficiently or at all. Often buyers want fewer rooms but still want the large rooms that they are used to. When they start house hunting they find that the proportions of the properties with fewer rooms are smaller. So if you are planning to downsize then do take the time to do your research and prepare. When looking at properties on the internet pay attention to the dimensions of the rooms. Ask yourself “am I ready to downsize?”

Declutter

If you are downsizing then it is inevitable that you will need to declutter so start early. Read details of our decluttering service here. Decluttering also helps with the move because when your home goes on the market it will make your property appear more spacious, and there is less to move! Not strictly a point about decluttering, but if you are downsizing you may need to replace certain items of furniture such as sofas, dining suites or beds, be prepared for this. I often hear people dismiss a property because a piece of furniture won’t fit. Only you can determine how important an item of furniture but at least be open to the idea of replacing it.

Multi – Purpose Furniture

Following on from the last point, as the property you buy may have less storage than your current home be on the look for furniture that can serve more than one purpose. For example, if you have fewer bedrooms but still want to have guests to stay can you have a sofa bed in the living room or a study. Divan beds are a good option and if you have items that you will only access infrequently I like the ottoman style where the top opens rather than drawers since they hold more. Footstools that serve as extra seating, a surface to put a tray on and which open to provide storage are another great option.

If you are looking to downsize, for whatever reason, I can help. Cal now on 07745 876182 or e mail info@homestyle4u.com or complete the enquiry form below. We cover Cheshire and the North West.

 

 

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