A couple of people I follow in blogland have recently written about their decision to downsize, and one of our close neighbours has just put their house on the market, planning to downsize as the wife has a serious illness and they can no longer manage their large garden.
Unfortunately, our decision has coincided with a boom in property sales which means that, as soon as we see something suitable up for sale it seems to have been sold the next day. Although we are not in any rush, we feel a little disheartened already before we have really begun the process. The local property pool is not large so there is a shortage of properties that would suit us.
I think that we should probably wait until the Spring before putting our house up for sale, when the garden has woken up again. We may have a large garden in a pretty, semi-rural area but the house itself is not exactly desirable. It is not a charming 17th or 18th century period cottage, nor a glamorous, modern confection. It is just a boring 1920s bungalow with a small extension tacked onto the side and has not been updated for 25 years. We both feel that any buyer is likely to want to demolish it in order to build something more contemporary in its place.
I have registered with most of the local agencies and hope to receive details whenever a new property comes up for sale.
In the meantime, I shall begin the process of decluttering and tarting-up each room ready for when we take the plunge.
It will give me something to do anyway.