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Can Downsizing Your Property Change Your Life?

Mark Gale

Mark Gale



Living the Dream: how downsizing provides homeowners with the freedom to have fun

The prospect of owning a home is an exciting milestone, regardless of your age. Whether you are settling into your dream property at 36 or 86, the moment when you take that first tour inside or receive your keys is an emotional one.

However, for some, the opportunity to eliminate the hassle and stress of keeping up a garden or maintaining a four-bedroom detached house is appealing. The option to downsize to a smaller, more manageable home is one that a third of UK homeowners 55+ have thought about, but as many of us know, moving home - especially one with years of memories - can be stressful, so here at McCarthy and Stone we’re very proud to be able to make this transition a lot easier by doing the stressful things for you.

We can make the move easier for you with our part exchange and smooth move services which include personalised advice, removal services and a solicitor. David and Brenda from Braintree (stars of our video) did just that:

"When we moved here we used their solicitors and their removal people, we just left it to all McCarthy and Stone and it all worked very well. They told us every step of the way what we had to do."

Did you know that downsizing can not only make your life easier, it can have financial benefits too? Our average homeowner released £60,000 in equity when choosing to downsize to a McCarthy and Stone apartment. Take a look at our part exchange service to find out more.

One of our residents in her McCarthy & Stone development

Daphne Adams from Braintree - and star of our video - says "24 hours after I moved in I knew I’d made the right choice."

As well as an easy move, David says he's saved on bills since he's moved in too:

"Although the bungalow we lived in before was quite efficient from the heating point of view, coming here we’ve got under floor heating and the cost of that is placed upon the service charge. So we only have to make up the bill for the bits and pieces we’ve used within the apartment itself. That clearly is only about a quarter of what it was before."

What else can downsizing mean to you?

  • 9 out of 10 of our homeowners feel their new apartment is easier to maintain.
  • 8 out of 10 feel like they're able to maintain their independance for longer.

As well as all this, the sense of community in our apartments has given people a new lease of life:

"There's always something going on, everybody is extremely friendly" says Brenda, "We all get on so well with one another, we have a greater communication with people than we would have done in our own homes before". 

Our dedicated team aims to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for you to be a part of, and current residents continue to share their positive experiences about living in a McCarthy and Stone apartment. We're proud to have helped so many live their dream and open our doors for you to do the same. There's so much to look forward to in your retirement, and the spirited communities within our developments are a great example of the freedom and independence that you’ll enjoy. 

To find out more about downsizing, part exchange or smooth move, give us a call on 0800 201 4811 or click here to see where you can downsize to. 

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