SARAH BROUGHTON

Jazmin Atkins
Empty nests as children go off to university - an ideal time to downsize?
6 OCTOBER 2015


As your university child disappears into the sunset laden down with everything including the kitchen sink it can be a salient moment of truth as the reality of empty nest syndrome hits home.

Once the laundry has been picked up, the house tidied and the quiet of the home enjoyed, the realisation that the main job of bringing children up is over can provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on your future needs as your focus shifts back to a time without them.

Undoubtedly for many there probably is a correlation between children leaving for university and parents opting to downsize as the idea of living in an empty house can quickly lose its appeal. Equally having to spend hours looking after a garden that will only be enjoyed by the whole family on a handful of occasions can become a tipping point. With time to pursue different interests and a desire to discover new places the large country home doesn’t always keep its appeal.

But as one door closes another opens and for many this is an opportunity to embrace a new chapter whether this is moving to a house that meets long-term requirements, exchanging a large country house for a smaller property and a pied-à-terre in London or having the ability to ‘lock up and leave’ so that longer holidays can be enjoyed.

There is never an ideal opportunity to downsize but many of those that dictate their moment reap the rewards. And any fears of the children not wanting to visit should be alleviated as you’ll find there is always washing to be done and a Sunday roast to be enjoyed.

 

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