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Downsize to a more manageable home

Making the move to a smaller property? Read our essential advice on how to get it right

Downsizing is a rite of passage for people who’ve retired and whose children have flown the nest. Estate agency Knight Frank has found that downsizing to a home with one less bedroom frees up £52,000 on average across England and Wales. This can be used to pay off a mortgage, fund retirement or help children get on to the housing ladder. The benefits of trading down aren’t only financial and could result in a home that’s easier to maintain – leaving you more time to enjoy your retirement.

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Choosing the right location is crucial. Unless you’re downsizing locally, or moving to somewhere you know well or to be close to family, taking your time to research the area could prevent you from making a very expensive mistake. Escaping to the country might be a lifelong dream, but consider whether you could cope with living miles from amenities. Equally, if you fancy swapping a home in a rural location or leafy suburb for the buzz of a town or city centre, think about how you’ll manage in a more frenetic environment. Check out coastal resorts out of season as some go into hibernation mode for half of the year, and don’t forget to look into transport links.

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Spring is in the air, so it’s the perfect time to drag your home out of the winter doldrums and freshen it up with a coat of paint and a few bright new accessories. And, in this issue, we’ve got lots of affordable ideas for giving your home a quick facelift. On page 37 we take a look at this season’s hot new trends on the high street – from cool coastal vibes to edgy ethnic touches, fresh florals to touchy-feely textures, I know you’ll find a look you love. When it comes to the smallest room in the house (yes that’s right, the downstairs loo), it’s often a bit forgotten and unloved in the décor stakes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Just turn to page 48 to see how small really can be beautiful! If your kitchen is in need of a revamp but you don’t want to change the units, then consider replacing the flooring. Take a look at our purse-friendly ideas on page 54 to see what a big difference it can make – without the hassle of ripping out your cabinets! Now the weather is getting a bit better, it’s time to start knocking your garden into shape so you can sit out and enjoy it over the months ahead. This month in our gardening section we take a look at some of the most popular garden styles – cottage, Japanese, formal and prairie – and show how easy it is to achieve them in your own garden (p.114). Last but not least, in our food pages this issue we’ve got some utterly scrummy pie recipes that I know you’re going to love (p.100). Trust me, the cheesy fish pie is to die for!