For many of those that are considering downsizing numerous factors influence this decision. Offspring have grown up and follow their own paths, the need for a family home is surplus to requirements. The death of a partner, or their worsening ill health is also a major factor in making changes. The ageing process makes it harder to “self maintain”, therefore external contractors are required. Recent extreme weather conditions have contributed to additional maintenance requirements around the home. High demand has also reduced the availability of professional contractors and trying to find them can be frustrating and expensive.
Having made the emotional decision , to downsize does it get any easier ? Moving to a smaller property might seem easy, but one has to decide which accumulated treasured possessions and artefacts will be disposed of or left behind.
The next question is where are you going to live? Trying to predict the future is difficult, trusted close friends have died or moved away. Potential reduced mobility, death of a partner,lack of easy access to healthcare and amenities and public transport facilities must be considered .No longer can one live up the side of a mountain, in the country or away from a central urban hub when one will depend on the aforementioned facilities. Very few residential “warden assisted community retirement” homes exist in Spain, unlike the UK.