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6 Signs That It Could Be Time To Downsize.

Making the decision to downsize your home can be really tough for some people, and they tend to ignore the sometimes obvious signs that its time to move. Here they are.

1

You find yourself feeling down and lonely often

You find yourself feeling down and lonely often

Being on your own and feeling down about it, could be a sign that its time to move on. You might find that within a community of like minded people who are at a similar stage of life could be more fun than you ever thought. This does not mean it has to be into a retirement style living, just something where you are surrounded by one or two others that know what you are going through. This could be in a group of units where the average age is similar to yours.

2

Everything is falling down around you.

Everything is falling down around you.

Maintaining a larger home as you move into your twilight years takes up a lot of time and energy, and often finances too, as you rely more on others to help you do the things that you were once able to do easily. Leaving the home until it becomes out of hand can mean you end up with the daunting process of renovating at a time in your life when you least feel like it. If you are spending too much time, money or energy on maintenance, it could be time to move into something more manageable before the house gets out of control.

3

You have hung onto some things for way too long

You have hung onto some things for way too long

If your home and garage are filled to the brim with stuff that you just no longer need, but can't bring yourself to get rid of, it's probably time to downsize. If you are feeling overwhelmed at the idea of letting go of much of your pre-loved items you have accrued, this could be a sign that you have hung on for too long, and now the task of downsizing involves releasing some of your stuff.

4

You are overwhelmed by the thought of moving

You are overwhelmed by the thought of moving

If you are feeling overwhelmed, then it's likely to be a sign that it's time to make the move. Feeling tired, scared and suspicious of people intentions could all be natural responses to the idea of downsizing. This is about the time when most people put it in the too hard basket! Not you. These are clear signs that it is time to make a move.

5

Your family are bringing it up with you

Your family are bringing it up with you

It is never easy for family to raise concerns about your safety, health or well being if you are non-responsive or dismissive towards them. If you find yourself always avoiding the conversation with family and friends when they bring it up, it could be time to have that all important conversation with them, and just hear them out.

6

You are finding it hard to keep on top of your finances

You are finding it hard to keep on top of your finances

Once your income changes, maintaining the same lifestyle can be challenging. If you are short at the end of every week, it could be time to think about your living arrangements and how you could downsize them to make ends meet better.