Have you recently downsized in real estate? The task may seem daunting – packing up all your furniture, deciding what stays and what goes – but downsizing is actually proven to have many benefits compared to living in a bigger home. Despite the typical train of thought that having more space gives you feelings of relaxation and room to grow… having more room can potentially cause more stress and anxiety. Can you say how do I furnish and decorate 5,000 square feet? Me neither.
Smaller homes are flying off of the real estate market – especially because they don’t cost as much to maintain, heat, decorate, and pay taxes on. Also, a small home will always be in high demand for those small families as a stepping stone or the perfect fit for a couple just starting out. There are endless reasons as to why we’re pro small, so let’s dive in and highlight the best rationale for buying a smaller home.
Declutter Your Life
Have you ever moved homes? Do you remember how many boxes you shoveled out of the depths or your basement or attic? Everyone likes a walk down memory lane from time to time, but do you really need those letters from camp begging your mom to come home when you were 13 years old and homesick? Or those old soccer trophies from high school? They have cobwebs and dust on them for a reason. Although it’s difficult to declutter and let go of memories, discarding or donating older items that no longer have use in your life will help with downsizing your house – plus, it will give you more room in your new home.
Maintenance Is a Breeze
Raise your hand if you enjoy cleaning! Didn’t think so. Less square footage means less hassle and cleaning for you. Plus, maintaining a smaller yard, those unwanted yet inevitable plumbing issues, the roof that needs repairing – you’ll worry less with a small home. So whip out the Swiffer and get your vacuum ready, cleaning and maintaining your smaller home will be a breeze and give you more time to spend on the things you love in life.
Let’s face it, calling a plumber is expensive – let alone any maintenance expert. Even a simple visit to your home can cost an arm and a leg, even when nothing has been solved – we’ve all been there, unfortunately. Moving into a smaller home means fewer bathrooms, fewer sinks, less air conditioning and heating used which means fewer issues resulting in that dreaded phone call to your maintenance man.
Family Bonding Time
Having a big home makes it easy for your kids to stay in their room playing video games, or failing to complete their chores such as taking out the trash or folding the laundry. By living in a smaller space, it’s easier to keep an eye on your kids and promotes much-wanted family time. Get the popcorn popping and choose your favorite family movie to watch, a smaller home will help bring your family closer together.
If you’re looking to cut back on that extra, unnecessary space in your current big home, The Degnan Group will help you find your smaller home that will be the perfect fit for your new, downsized lifestyle. Contact us today at (419) 345-7808 to begin your hunt.