It’s no secret that a number of Australians are looking to sell their big family home in favour of apartments and townhouses when their children fly the coop.
It’s not unusual to find that your house begins to feel a tad empty once the children have moved on to the next phase of their lives. The once-bustling family home is suddenly quiet, your chores a nuisance with so much unused space.
But downsizing doesn’t have to mean downgrading in quality or lifestyle. For those considering making the move to an apartment or townhouse, we have put together eight tips to ensure your new home is an upgrade.
- Look for a convenient location
Purchasing in the city-fringe suburbs will enable you to not only cut down the time you would normally spend commuting – being close to the action means you can easily spend your encore years eating out, visiting art galleries or going to the theatre, with access to public transport making it simpler to get from A to B.
- Be conscious of your health & wellbeing
As you grow older, it’s important to maintain a good health and fitness routine, and where you live can have a huge impact on this. Look for a home surrounded by parks and gyms, as this will keep you motivated to get outside and move. Nearby medical facilities such as hospitals and dentists are an added bonus.
- Reinvent your style
Use the move as an opportunity to reinvent and upgrade your style while decluttering at the same time. Choose quality appliances, furniture and fit-outs for your new home that are both stylish and built to last to make your move a smooth transition. If you’re in need of styling help there’s no shortage of advice online, or consider engaging a professional stylist for guidance who can help you update to a more modern look
- New is best
Anyone who has lived in an older house knows the hassles that can come along with it. New houses and apartments are far less likely to require ongoing refurbishments or maintenance, meaning you can spend your time enjoying your new home rather than fixing it. Better still, most new buildings are made with better security and technology, with energy efficiencies in mind, which can save you money in the long term.
- Easy access to public transport and freeways
While we all want to live in the heart of the action, we still need to leave our home base from time to time. A location with access to public transport and major freeways means you can head down to the beach on the weekend or visit friends on the other side of town with ease.
- Space to breathe
Downsizing does not mean you have to live in a home that resembles a closet. There are apartments on the market for instance which effectively utilise the available space with clever storage and flexible spaces. It’s likely guests will be begging to stay and enjoy your new abode, so an extra bedroom for friends and family is always a good idea.
- Think ahead for the future
When you are downsizing you want to ensure your new home will last you for years, if not decades, to come. Aim for a property with minimal stairs, elevator access and wide doorways so your new home will be able to adapt to your needs as you get older.
- Try before you buy
It’s easy to get swept up in the idea of an area before discovering that it isn’t right for you. Try renting in your desired neighbourhood first to ensure it ticks all the boxes before you make a long-term commitment. It’s also a great way to adjust to the hustle and bustle of inner city life if you’re moving from a quiet suburban area.
Apartments have become so much more than a place to move when your children have left the nest. They can offer comfort, luxury and convenience, and really want more could you want?