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Is it time to consider downsizing? Posted: 11th January 2023

Is it time to consider downsizing?

Downsizing. In most cases a step towards retirement living, but for others simply just a case of looking to save money. Either way a smaller property can benefit your lifestyle completely.

Whether it’s accessibility or just looking to be in closer walking distance of local amenities and public transport services, moving house can help to resolve these issues and also release equity from your current property in the process.

Interested in finding out more and whether you should downsize your home? Make sure to read on.


Smaller house suited to those looking for less space

Typical reasons for downsizing your home

Coming to the decision to move from your current property can be difficult, even more so if you’re unsure on whether downsizing is the right decision for you. That is why we’ve created this handy downsizing checklist below, to help provide you with some clarity on your current situation.

How many of these statements apply to you?

  • You are not making use of the full space you have available within your home – Typically the case of a family home once younger children have moved out. If you now find you have empty rooms with no purpose, then you are taking up too much space.
  • Maintenance and upkeep of your home is becoming too much – If general maintenance and housekeeping is becoming a task in itself, you most likely have extra space you do not require.
  • Financially you are finding yourself with less disposable income each month – If after paying household bills you are finding yourself with less to spend on yourself, you are living outwith your means and will most likely benefit from the downsizing process.

The general rule of thumb is that if two or more apply to your current living situation, then a new and smaller home should be on the cards for you.


downsizing your home makes financial sense

The financial benefits of downsizing to smaller properties

However there’s nothing to fear from this change, downsizing often involves cheaper property prices, meaning you can typically buy your home outright from the profit on sales of your current home. All thanks to today’s increased property values and consumer demand.

Other options also include being able to use some of these proceeds to help your children with their house buying dreams, providing them with the funds for a deposit and possibly helping them to reduce their monthly mortgage repayments.


downsize your home with Nicol estate agents in glasgow

Downsizing options available from Nicol Estate Agents

Feeling convinced? If you are now ready to start searching for your new home, we at Nicol Estate agents have a number of smaller properties available.

From one and two bedroom homes to sheltered accommodation/ retirement developments, there is truly something for everyone’s taste.

Here are just some of our top picks:


Two bedroom upper cottage flat within retirement village in Glasgow

Shaw Court, Newton Mearns. Offers over £129,000 [click for more property information]

A well presented two bedroom upper floor cottage flat, set within the popular and conveniently positioned retirement development of Shaw Court, Newton Mearns. Just a short distance from public transport, the local shops and post office, as well as health surgeries at the Broom shops and Mearns Road.


Two bedroom ground floor retirement flat - perfect for downsizing

St Catherine’s Gate, 292 Ayr Road, Newton Mearns. Offers over £215,000 [click for more property information]

A well presented, ground floor two bedroom apartment, located within the small residential development of St Catherine’s Gate, Newton Mearns. Close to Mearns Cross and The Avenue shopping centre.


Ravenscourt, Thorntonhall. Offers over £235,000 [click for more property information]

Seldom available, a well presented and spacious two bedroom garden apartment, located within the exclusive Ravenscourt development. This apartment, enjoys aspects from its private balcony and views over the private grounds of the development.


We hope these have been of interest. Click here to browse our other currently available properties.


Suitable home for person living alone

Find your next property with us

If you would like further information regarding any of our current properties, or indeed, if you are looking to sell your home, please get in touch with our sales team directly.

One of our experts will be on hand to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. Simply email [email protected] or phone 0141 616 3960.

Whatever your reason for moving; whether it's for extra space, to downsize or you may simply have found your dream home, Nicol can help. Our knowledge of the local property market helps us develop a marketing plan that's right for you and your property.
We want our clients to be delighted with the service we provide. Listening to your needs and understanding your requirements is our starting point. To find out more about our approach to selling homes, download our comprehensive Guide to Selling your Property here.
If you are planning on selling your home, contact Nicol Estate Agents today for an appraisal of your property. Our Managing Director Douglas Nicol and Sales Manager Daniel Cohen carry out hundreds of market appraisals every year, giving them an intimate and unparalleled knowledge of the property market in Glasgow, from city centre apartments to family homes and building plots. We will talk to you about the property market in your area, compare sales evidence, local demand for similar properties, outline our tailored marketing plan and provide details of our sales support strategy right through to completion.