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Downsizing decision

Considering downsizing? Or need to have that conversation with your parents? Read on for some sound advice.

New year, new house? This is the prime time of year for moving home and for lots of people that means downsizing. If you’re in your 60s or over or your folks are looking for somewhere to move, local retirement village The Hawthorns is a hot contender. Their selection of retirement apartments – including one/two bedroom with patios and balconies and superb studios – are perfect. We’ve told you all about this fab place before and here are 5 reasons why selling up and downsizing might be the way forward.

1) Downsizing is a great way to release extra cash. Sure, you can keep it for visitors and the grandkids, but do you and your beau really need to rattle around a 4 bedroomed house? Plus, you can still spend time with the grandkids in a smaller gaff. Now is your time to spend the cash on things you enjoy to do, – activities, hobbies or travelling to places you’ve always wanted to visit.  

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2) Decluttering has never been bigger news, thanks to Marie Kondo, but downsizing will really give you a chance to go through everything you have left in your home, get rid of the clutter and keep the important things. It’s also great to reminisce on old memories and find things you totally forgot you had.  

3) From saving money to having less rooms to clean, this can all come from downsizing, which can also minimise stress and reap incredible physiological benefits. This can all make you so much happier and improve well-being, which is ultimately what we’re after, right? 

4) Downsizing can make things so much easier for you physically too. A small house means fewer struggles if you have bad back issues or find it difficult going up and down stairs. Moving to a smaller place can make you feel more comfortable and less worried which means you can embrace your home more and join in with the Hawthorns lot for some pilates or yoga. 

5) There is now a lot more choice for people wanting to downsize with retirement operators understanding the increased demand of people wanting more flexible options, but not compromising on service and overall satisfaction. So, downsizing has never been easier really. 

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If you or your folks live in Northamptonshire and are looking for somewhere rather beautiful to downsize to, Hawthorns Retirement Village, which opened in 2018, is really impressive, with a bowling alley, restaurant quality food, pre dinner drinks – all included! It offers premium service and facilities that will make you think twice about your thoughts on retirement homes. We’ve had a little visit, and it’s a modern building based in Upton, close to J16 and M1, but is surrounded by fields, nature reserves and open spaces.

Freshly prepared meals are nutritionally balanced and use locally sourced fresh produce that comes from a selection of providers, making sure they can give something for everyone (our lunch was super tasty AND they gave us a glass of vino). Everyone’s well-being is looked after by a comprehensive programme for health and independence. From your mind, body and soul you can enjoy a range of social and physical activities that family and friends can take part in when visiting.  Retirement and downsizing might not be a sexy subject but it is an important one. And if you’re not sure, you can try before you buy a one-month spring break, all-inclusive, is £65 per day, so you can see for yourself.

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