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Downsizing tips to help improve retirement living.

CHRISTMAS is bearing down on us, which means the new year - and new plans - are just around the corner.

If you're thinking about downsizing, 2014 might be the year. For those nearing retirement, it's common to consider downsizing as a way to free up some cash and move to a more manageable home.

Julie Elliot from Fine & Country Swansea says rattling round in a home built for four needn't be the future.

"Climbing down the property ladder is often a logical step, but there are a few things to consider in practical terms. Before you put your home on the market, make sure there are no unloved spaces. If the kids have flown the nest, it may be time to remove childhood memories - the posters on the walls, the height chart in the corner.

"When you're preparing to move, downsize contents too. Think of downsizing as an opportunity to focus on what you want in your new home and rid yourself of clutter."

Julie advises that planning in terms of furniture for your new space is imperative.

"Set up your utilities as soon as possible to minimise the inconvenience and ensure your final bills are cleared before you hand over to the new owner."

As a final tip, when showing your home, remember to focus on the good points, Julie says.

"You may be downsizing, but a potential owner is possibly upsizing."

For advice, contact Fine & Country Swansea on 01792 367301 or visit www.fineandcountry.com
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 7, 2013
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