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The benefits of downsizing

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5th Sep General

As research reveals that almost half of pensioners across the UK[1] are choosing to downsize their homes and move into smaller, more manageable apartments, Adlington is encouraging homeowners to explore retirement living in specially built communities. Studies have shown that if just 50% of over 60s interested in moving were able to do so, £356 billion[2] worth of family-sized properties would be made available, freeing up much needed homes for first-time buyers and families. With this in mind, luxury retirement developer, Adlington, offers some insight on downsizing to help make the moving process as easy as possible for retirees.

Become part of a thriving community

Downsizing your home can offer many added benefits, and moving to a retirement development offers access to a likeminded community. Although Adlington apartments are private, there are plenty of opportunities for companionship, with community hubs that homeowners can be as involved in as little or as much as they like. Our developments provide homeowners with a range of excellent amenities, including a table service restaurant, stylish lounge area, hairdressing salon, as well as playing host to a variety of social activities and classes. By going the extra mile for our residents, we instil that all-important sense of community, ensuring that moving home does not mean that you miss out. As the loneliness epidemic has hit the UK hard in recent years, with 1.2 million older people suffering from chronic loneliness, our developments offer an umbrella of tailored support to ensure loneliness is never an issue.

A chance to de-clutter

Relocating to an apartment can provide an excellent opportunity to de-clutter your older home – we all accumulate lots of furniture and ornaments over the years that we don’t really need! Adlington ensures our buyers are supported through each step of their move, with plenty of experts on board to offer advice on all aspects of downsizing. We work closely with Senior Move Manager, who are on hand to directly help with de-cluttering, and our complimentary handyman service will help homebuyers get their apartment set up just the way they like it. And don’t worry, the thoughtful internal design of our apartments means that there’s still plenty of space!

Cut down on energy bills and maintenance costs

Many homeowners often spend large amounts of money heating rooms that are unused, or struggle to maintain outside space and end up paying dearly for it. Our developments are built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, and as energy bills are touted as the biggest expense when taking care of a larger home, with costs averaging £1,485[3] a year, homeowners could save money by downsizing, if they are moving from an older property.

Not only that, the average person over the age of 60 spends £1,560[4] on food annually, but as service charges contribute towards the subsidy of our on-site restaurants, homeowners can enjoy a three course meal for approximately £3!

Care and support if you ever need it

Retirement developments are still a relatively new offering in the UK and at Adlington, we understand that some homeowners may need care and assistance, which is why we work with our trusted partner, MHA (Methodist Homes), to deliver this. Homeowners have access to round the clock support from a dedicated team of specialists, whatever their needs, with 24 hour on site staff to offer tailored support that enables our residents to maintain their quality of life. The care and support offered is completely flexible, so should homeowners’ requirements change in the future, MHA’s discreet care team can accommodate this too.

Adlington has recently launched a selection of beautifully appointed show apartments at Adlington House, ideally situated within a short distance of Urmston’s town centre and just a stone’s throw away from Manchester. The new development comprises 55 one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments for the over 60s, in a safe and secure environment designed specifically for later living.

Adlington are hosting a Moving Made Easy event at Adlington House, Moorside Road, Urmston on Tuesday 26th September from 10:30am – 1pm, for those considering moving to Adlington House, to help alleviate the worries of downsizing and ensure they receive as much support and guidance as possible prior to making a move.

For more information on Adlington apartments, please call 0161 747 8256 or visit: www.adlington.co.uk

[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/08/02/uk-faces-downsizing-exodus-almost-half-britains-pensioners-looking/

[2] https://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/Factsheets/Later_Life_UK_factsheet.pdf?dtrk=true

[3] http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/pensions/article-2680608/Pensioners-spend-10-000-year-basic-living-costs.html

[4] http://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/674173/REVEALED-Typical-pensioners-amount-year-pay-bills

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