A change in circumstances, such as retirement or impending retirement, family changes (like a newly empty nest, or a relationship ending), or just a desire for a smaller property and/or garden may prompt a decision to downsize.
The first thing to think about when considering downsizing is your reasons for the change. Do you want just a smaller property or an entirely different kind of property? Are you looking for a smaller garden or just one that is easier to manage and low maintenance? Do you want fewer rooms to clean/look after or just a different configuration of space that works for you? Do you have specific requirements due to mobility or ageing such as a downstairs bathroom or toilet or low riser or no stairs? Do you want easy/walkable distance to public transport, shops, leisure facilities and doctors? Do you have an existing mortgage? Do you want to borrow more or reduce your monthly repayments, or become mortgage free?