Once the kids have left home, many people decide that downsizing to a smaller property is a sensible choice to make – but this doesn’t make it any less emotional and daunting. A family home has so many memories attached to it, and the feeling of leaving the place where you raised your kids can make you feel a sense of grief.

Moving to a smaller place means that you are bound to have to have a clear out and get rid of some of the stuff that you have accumulated over the years. As difficult as this can be, this is also a good way to help you move on to the next phase of your life and enjoy these years now all the hard work of raising children is done.

The other thing that you will want to consider is where are you going to move to – if you are looking to the future, and have no desire to move again, you will want to find somewhere that will see you into old age. Places like these Gloucestershire park homes are great for people who are downsizing once kids have left. Looking at bungalows in areas with good amenities and transport links is also a good idea.

As well as this there is also the option of retirement flats. Have a look at what is available in the area that you wish to buy in, as you may be surprised at how many options are available, as well as talking to locals in the areas that you wish to buy in and weighing up the pros and cons.

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