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Planning for Retirement: Considerations for Downsizing Your Property

Posted by Jayson Ang on February 19, 2023
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Maybe you’re ready to take a step towards retirement and achieve your financial goals ahead of schedule. Lots of people are living in homes that are much larger than they need since their kids have flown the nest, so downsizing your property might be an excellent way to get started.

Once you hit retirement age, those high utility bills, endless chores and the hefty garden to tend to may no longer appeal to you and your partner, making the house an unnecessary expense.

The advantages of downsizing your home can be huge; from saving time and money on maintenance, to freeing up funds for fun holidays, hobbies, work and family.

Making the transition can help put you in a better position to retire comfortably, so if you’ve been contemplating this move, why not read on to find out how it could benefit your lifestyle?

Convenient Facilities Available

Downsizing your home doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your quality of life! When choosing a smaller residence, you can still find all the same fun amenities you’re accustomed to, just on a smaller scale. To decide what kind of place is right for you, ask yourself whether you’d prefer a house or an apartment block.

Each option has its own advantages and drawbacks; so decide what you can live with and without. For instance, a small house can offer more privacy and amenities like a garden and a pool, but requires more upkeep.

Are you debating between an apartment and a house? Consider the pros and cons! With an apartment, you’ll have less maintenance and the chance to meet more people – however, you may miss having a private outdoor area.

Additionally, living in a smaller space could motivate you to go out and explore more – giving you the opportunity to pick up a new hobby or sport.

Make sure to do your research on the property and look into the local cafes, shops, and other amenities in the neighbourhood. Why not take a stroll around the area to see if it’s the perfect place for you?

Distance To Neighbours

When you are thinking about downsizing your home, one thing to take into account is how comfortable you are with living in close proximity to other people.

If you are deciding to move to a condo or apartment block, be prepared for the possibility that you could be living next door to others and even sharing a wall.

But if you’re a person who loves to socialize, then this might be the perfect opportunity for you to meet new people – many apartment complexes have communal spaces where tenants can mingle and get to know one another.

However, if you are of retirement age and prefer more privacy, this could be an issue.

Retirement can be a wonderful time for peace and self-exploration – so why not consider downsizing to a small stand-alone home?

This way, you can enjoy a private room and outdoor area of your own, while also freeing up time and energy for fun and relaxation. With this transition, you can find the perfect balance of freedom and comfort that suits your lifestyle.

Need For A Personal Home Office

Though you’re entering retirement, that doesn’t mean you have to give up work entirely! Why not consider setting up a home office for yourself, for either work or personal tasks?

With your new home, you may find that having your very own workspace would be a great addition to your new lifestyle!

If you dream of having a workspace in your own home, you’ll need to designate a spot for it – either its own private room, or a tranquil corner where you can concentrate.

A larger house may be a plus for a dedicated study area, but it all comes down to the floor plan of your dwelling. Many apartment layouts come with a separate study room that’s practically meant for studying.

Researching different properties to determine which layout best suits your needs is a must. If you find working from home less than ideal, you may consider downsizing to a smaller apartment and renting a coworking space for your office.

There are plenty of choices to contemplate, but once you have a clear understanding of what you desire, the decision will be effortless.

Family Members In The Household

If you’re living with family members, downsizing can be more challenging. Whether you have little ones or grandparents in the house, this affects how much space you can free up. Factoring in all these people when deciding to downsize can be complicated, yet it’s something you must consider.

If you have a large family, moving into a cramped apartment or condo may feel a bit restrictive. The solution?

Seek out a standalone home that can accommodate your family and provide enough space for everyone to be comfortable.

But, if it’s just you and your partner, then downsizing becomes much simpler and you have multiple options to explore with plenty of flexibility.

Why not move into a smaller home and use the saved money to take the trips you’ve always dreamed of?

Personal Space And Your Quiet Place

When downsizing, many retirees are seeking a home closer to their loved ones. But it’s still essential to have a tranquil and private space as your own.

You’ll want to prioritize having your own corner of the world and determine what type of living arrangement is ideal for you.

Would you be content living close to others or do you prefer to be completely solo?

Answering such questions can help you come to the best decision for you when downsizing.

Retirement is a time to have some well-deserved fun and relaxation after years of working. It’s the perfect opportunity to try out new activities, like painting, and to find the space to do them. If you’re not sure what to do with your newfound free time, don’t worry – you can always take up art lessons, try fitness classes, or join a music school nearby!

Needs For Home Storage

Throughout their lifetime, many people manage to accumulate an astounding amount of possessions; some even filling not one, but two houses!

While some may choose to hoard all of their belongings in the garage, it’s no surprise that when it’s time for retirement, these individuals have had plenty of time to build up quite the collection.

When considering downsizing, remember that it may not be possible to bring all of your belongings with you. Downsizing can be a positive experience – like a spring clean for your life!

Think carefully about what to keep, sell or discard when moving into a smaller space. Moving is never easy, and this task is particularly challenging when deciding what to keep and what to discard.

Wondering about the storage space available at your new home?

Do you need to rent out a self-storage unit or is there a garage? How much storage space do you really require? Are you sure that old rug is necessary?

Asking yourself these questions will help you make the best decision when selecting your next abode.

Possible Visitors In The Future

Downsizing for retirement isn’t just about you; think of your family, too.

Retirees often move to smaller, more manageable homes to stay close to their children and grandchildren. Grandparents can cherish these golden years by taking the grandkids on trips and even letting them stay the night!

Downsizing doesn’t mean giving up quality and comfort. Make sure to plan for a room that can comfortably accommodate the extra guests who may stay when visiting you and your grandchildren, or when loved ones come from far-flung places. Design it to be a warm, inviting place they will want to return to time and time again!

Take the time to consider who might come and stay at your new home in the years to come. Draw up a list of potential visitors, and if you can come up with five or more names, it’s a surefire indication that you should start looking for additional bedrooms.

Furniture

Downsizing your home is a great opportunity to re-evaluate your furniture; it may be time to retire those large couches and coffee tables, as well as that eight-seater dining room table that used to take up so much space.

Your new home may be better suited for more tailored furniture that is tailored to its size and shape – rather than a huge lounge for three large couches, perhaps two standard-sized couches would fit perfectly in a more quaint area.

When moving to a new home, it is often tricky to decide whether to transport existing furniture or get new pieces. For example, you may no longer have a dedicated dining room and may need to purchase a kitchen table to enjoy meals with family and friends.

The furniture may have looked perfect in the previous property, yet it may not necessarily match the aesthetics of your new home. It’s thus critical to take a close look at your furniture and evaluate whether it is worth taking it with you to the new home.

If you don’t have any special memories associated with your furniture, selling it and investing in new pieces could be a great way to go. Revamping your place can be super enjoyable, and it can help you to avoid a lot of frustration in the long run!

Future Financial Aims

Considering downsizing your home could be the best decision you make to save money and achieve your financial goals.

High utility and maintenance bills, along with mortgage and insurance payments, can quickly deplete your savings, so why not consider a smaller property and reap the rewards?

This could be the perfect way to reduce monthly payments, free up extra cash and free yourself from unnecessary stress.

Once you witness the financial relief that comes with a smaller home, you may be left asking yourself

“Why didn’t I think of this sooner?”

Whatever your aspirations may be, downsizing is a great way to achieve them quickly and with minimal effort.

The simplicity that comes with a smaller home truly is a blessing.

Plans For The Future

Do you intend to spend your retirement in the new, smaller home?

If that’s the case, it is important to keep in mind that you may find it increasingly difficult to move around as the years go by.

Thus, you need to contemplate the ease of access of your new house, to ensure that it offers the level of comfort you require for many years to come.

For instance, living on the third floor of an apartment building with no elevator could be problematic when it comes to ascending the stairs to the flat.

Therefore, a more suitable home would be one located on the ground floor or a building with elevator access.

At this stage, accessibility may not be top of mind if you are pondering relocating to a more suitable home in your later years. Nevertheless, it’s wise to keep it in the back of your mind for the future.

Closing Thoughts 

Embracing change is an inevitable part of life, and downsizing your home can certainly be a positive one. Whether it be for financial security in retirement, being nearer to your family, or taking off on a globe-trotting adventure, the benefits of switching to a more manageable abode are plentiful.

If you’re still undecided, this article was written to give you the confidence to make the switch, and to help you make the most of your retirement years, which should be the best of your life!

If you’re considering downsizing for retirement and need some help, don’t hesitate to contact me – I’m always here to lend a hand!

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  • Are you approaching the Minimum Occupation Period (MOP) of your HDB apartment or has the Seller Stamp Duty (SSD) window of your condo already passed?

  • It is always advantageous to have an understanding of the potential returns if you were to put your property up for sale. Additionally, you need to ascertain if your gains will enable you to rightsize to the dream home in the neighbourhood you and your family have been longing for.

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