Thinking about downsizing your home?

Most of us are familiar with the idea of ‘downsizing’. It means selling your home and buying a smaller home (or buying a similar sized home in a less expensive area). The difference in price, after expenses, can provide a welcome boost to your finances in retirement.

If you’re thinking about downsizing, here are some of the things to consider before you take the plunge...


Make sure you benefit financially.

The costs of buying and selling property can be substantial.

For example, estate agents fees on the sale of a £500,000 property could be £5,000 – £10,000…stamp duty on a £300,000 house is £5,000. And there can be other expenses too from removal costs to furniture clearance.

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Don't over do it.

Although the children have probably left home, you may want any grandchildren to stay from time to time, so you’ll need extra bedrooms. You may also have furniture that you want to keep or other items of sentimental value that you don’t want to get rid of. It’s always worth ensuring you are clear how much space you’ll need and there’s enough room in any property you’re looking at.

There may be other savings.

With a smaller house there’ll be less cost. Lower heating bills, for example.  If you buy a newly built home, there should be lower maintenance costs.  

Will you still need any cleaners or gardeners you use now?

Can you still access everything you need to?

Chances are that you’re have lived in your current property for some time, and may have access to shops, healthcare and other public services that you need and are used to using.

When you move, you’ll need to check that you still have access to the services you need.

Next Steps

Not everyone wants to move to a smaller home or leave the area they’ve lived in for many years. If downsizing isn’t right for you, there is another solution. You can still release capital from your home using equity release.

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Need help?

Making decisions about how to finance your retirement is important so it’s worth making use of the guidance and advice services available.


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Equity Release Council

Legal & General Home Finance Ltd is a member of the Equity Release Council, a trade body setting standards for providers. Take a look at their consumer brochure for more details.

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