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Downsizing can come about for a number of reasons. Maybe your children have left home and you no longer need the space. Perhaps you have itchy feet and want to free up money to travel' Like many, you may want to help your children get on the property ladder. Or have you always yearned for a second property, maybe abroad or in a favourite seaside location' But where downsizing once meant selling the family home and moving into a retirement bungalow, all that has changed. As a result of pension changes, people will be staying in their jobs until their late sixties – and beyond – and want to spend their final working years in an easily maintained property. This new, sophisticated generation wants to free up time and money and start reaping the fruits of their hard-earned cash on holidays and leisure experiences. Hence the trend for downsizing. But where do you start' Buying or selling a property can be a daunting and stressful prospect, especially if you haven’t done it for a number of years. To help you, here are a selection of top tips from our experts: De-clutter First impressions really count, so make sure you have de-cluttered, tidied up, cleaned throughout and cleared up the garden. If your home looks loved and tended, then the potential purchaser will be able to imagine moving straight into it. A feeling of light and space will add to its appeal and allows buyers to visualise their belongings in your property. It may sound obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people overlook these simple rules. If you’re unsure what exactly needs to be done, your local agent should be able to advise you. They may be able to recommend a local interior designer to give your home some extra wow factor. Find those documents! Put together a folder with all documents relating to the property. These could include guarantees, servicing certificates, house deeds, planning consents, and works done. By doing this now, you can ensure a speedier sale later and save yourself the trouble of rummaging around looking for paperwork. Find out if the property is listed and get the (Energy Performance Certificate) EPC done. Your estate agent will be able to recommend a reliable EPC supplier. Give your home a little TLC There is a fine line between doing necessary work and spending unnecessary money. If there are very obvious chips in the paintwork or the wallpaper is peeling, sort it out. If you don’t, buyers may be put off or might make a cheeky offer knowing they will need to spend money on improvements. However, if the whole house needs rewiring and / or reroofing and you would prefer not to do this yourself, then the guide price will reflect that. Your agent should advise buyers about the work needed. Remember to mention if the boiler has just been serviced. It’s one more thing the buyer won’t have to deal with. Choose an estate agent An estate agent’s job is to help you with all stages of your sale. Starting with a market appraisal, they will help you find the right buyer and be on hand right through to completion. They will offer expert advice, prepare you for the marketing of your property and keep you regularly updated. Remember, the agent is working for you, so make sure they are doing more than simply listing your property. Reputation is key. Make sure you meet a number of estate agents and get recommendations from friends, family and colleagues. Above all, remember that there is no such thing as a silly question. Most people haven’t moved house for years, and even when they have, they tend to put the whole process out of their minds. There is a great deal to bear in mind and you want to ensure that you achieve the best price possible. So if you’re thinking of downsizing and want advice about moving speak to your local agent today. To have a local Winkworth office contact you please click here.   Winkworth Devizes hosts downsizing seminars most Saturday mornings. For more information, call the team on 01380 729 777, email at devizes@winkworth.co.uk or visit them at 4-5 Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HT.winkworth.co.uk/estate-agents/devizes

Downsizing can come about for a number of reasons. Maybe your children have left home and you no longer need the space. Perhaps you have itchy feet and want to free up money to travel' Like many, you may want to help your children get on the property ladder. Or have you always yearned for a second property, maybe abroad or in a favourite seaside location'

But where downsizing once meant selling the family home and moving into a retirement bungalow, all that has changed. As a result of pension changes, people will be staying in their jobs until their late sixties – and beyond – and want to spend their final working years in an easily maintained property. This new, sophisticated generation wants to free up time and money and start reaping the fruits of their hard-earned cash on holidays and leisure experiences. Hence the trend for downsizing. But where do you start' Buying or selling a property can be a daunting and stressful prospect, especially if you haven’t done it for a number of years. To help you, here are a selection of top tips from our experts:

De-clutter

First impressions really count, so make sure you have de-cluttered, tidied up, cleaned throughout and cleared up the garden. If your home looks loved and tended, then the potential purchaser will be able to imagine moving straight into it. A feeling of light and space will add to its appeal and allows buyers to visualise their belongings in your property. It may sound obvious, but you’d be amazed how many people overlook these simple rules. If you’re unsure what exactly needs to be done, your local agent should be able to advise you. They may be able to recommend a local interior designer to give your home some extra wow factor.

Find those documents!

Put together a folder with all documents relating to the property. These could include guarantees, servicing certificates, house deeds, planning consents, and works done. By doing this now, you can ensure a speedier sale later and save yourself the trouble of rummaging around looking for paperwork. Find out if the property is listed and get the (Energy Performance Certificate) EPC done. Your estate agent will be able to recommend a reliable EPC supplier.

Give your home a little TLC

There is a fine line between doing necessary work and spending unnecessary money. If there are very obvious chips in the paintwork or the wallpaper is peeling, sort it out. If you don’t, buyers may be put off or might make a cheeky offer knowing they will need to spend money on improvements. However, if the whole house needs rewiring and / or reroofing and you would prefer not to do this yourself, then the guide price will reflect that. Your agent should advise buyers about the work needed. Remember to mention if the boiler has just been serviced. It’s one more thing the buyer won’t have to deal with.

Choose an estate agent

An estate agent’s job is to help you with all stages of your sale. Starting with a market appraisal, they will help you find the right buyer and be on hand right through to completion. They will offer expert advice, prepare you for the marketing of your property and keep you regularly updated. Remember, the agent is working for you, so make sure they are doing more than simply listing your property. Reputation is key. Make sure you meet a number of estate agents and get recommendations from friends, family and colleagues. Above all, remember that there is no such thing as a silly question. Most people haven’t moved house for years, and even when they have, they tend to put the whole process out of their minds. There is a great deal to bear in mind and you want to ensure that you achieve the best price possible. So if you’re thinking of downsizing and want advice about moving speak to your local agent today. To have a local Winkworth office contact you please click here.   Winkworth Devizes hosts downsizing seminars most Saturday mornings. For more information, call the team on 01380 729 777, email at devizes@winkworth.co.uk or visit them at 4-5 Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1HT.winkworth.co.uk/estate-agents/devizes

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