Management of the apartment
Downsizers should inquire about the building’s management and investigate any history of issues. This could include maintenance and repair issues, pest control problems or disputes between residents.
It’s important to know how the management team handles these issues and whether there’s a clear process for resolving disputes and complaints.
It’s also a good idea to inquire about the frequency of building inspections and maintenance to ensure the building is well-maintained and meets safety standards.
Functionality of the apartment
What it’ll be like to live in the apartment day-to-day will come down to its functionality, which includes layout and accessibility.
Downsizers should carefully consider the layout of the apartment and the number of rooms to ensure it meets their needs. Investigate if it’s accessible, both inside and outside, and inquire about any adaptations that can be made to the apartment to make it more functional.
Also assess whether any existing furniture will fit into the new apartment, particularly large or bulky items. Those downsizing from a larger place might need to prioritise certain items of furniture and get rid of some possessions before moving into an apartment.
Practicalities of the apartment
Like any move, there are lots of practicalities to think about with downsizing.
Downsizers need to work out how they’ll physically move belongings from one property to another and the cost of using a removalist. Insuring belongings during the move and once in the new apartment is another consideration.
Getting utilities, internet and home phone services set up is another job for the list, but can be left to professional moving service providers to save time and effort.
It’s also important to arrange for inspections of the new apartment before finalising the move, to ensure it’s in good condition and meets all safety and health standards.
There are dedicated downsizing services to help manage the whole process.