Buying a smaller house may, at first, seem counterintuitive. If you’re already settled in and able to afford your spacious home, why would you want something smaller? Bigger is better, right? Not always. Here are a few benefits to downsizing your home that might have you looking for a realtor sooner rather than later.
Moving to a smaller space gives you a chance to declutter.
Do you really need that bookshelf in the guestroom filled with titles you’ve never had the chance (and never plan) to read? What about the bicycle gathering dust in the rafters of your garage you haven’t even glanced at in years? Downsizing your house is the perfect opportunity to get rid of all the miscellaneous and unnecessary junk hanging out in your house and in your life.
Having less space will inherently force you to have less stuff; and I think most of us can agree that we have way too much stuff. When you downsize, there are no more excuses! It’s time to go through your possessions and weed out what you don’t need. Seize the chance to organize the chaos, declutter your space, and harmonize your life!
Less space means less maintenance.
Another advantage of having a smaller house? There’s less to clean! Not only that, but there’s less to decorate; less to furnish; and less to worry about. When you come home from your 9-5 job, or finally score a day off, do you want to spend that time cleaning and organizing? I’m willing to bet that you don’t.
Downsizing your house means downsizing the upkeep. Put less of your precious effort and energy into keeping your house looking nice, and more into doing things that make you happy! Do you spend every Sunday afternoon scrubbing the kitchen countertops and vacuuming the living room? Not anymore; go to that yoga class or meet your friends for Sunday brunch, because after 15 minutes your house is already neat and tidy!
This one is a no-brainer. The perks of a smaller house will translate to the bank account: smaller mortgage, less spent on utilities, lower insurance. The money-saving opportunities are infinite. Cut your electric bill in half by not having to light the expansive dusty corners of the house that you hardly look at anyway. In a smaller space, a little bit of heat or air conditioning will go a long way; spend that extra money on a new outfit for the Sunday brunch you now have time for!
You’ll have less space to fill with useless objects that looked good in Target’s home display but aren’t necessary in your house. Put the extra $40 you were going to spend on that ornate gold floor lamp in the vacation fund instead! Feel more financially secure in doing the things you love, and in your everyday life in general.
Liberate your mind.
Worrying less about materialistic things, maintaining your home, and not having enough money to keep yourself comfortably afloat or able to do the things you enjoy, will have a remarkable effect on your mental health. Consolidating your space will give you a greater sense of control over it, and this will carry through to your overall mentality.
Downsizing your home will expand the space available in your mind by eliminating a major source of stress and anxiety. Implore yourself to use this extra energy to refocus your goals and reevaluate your priorities. Increase your quality of life by decreasing the size of your house.
It will be easier to sell.
If you downsize your house and then need to sell it, the smaller space will make it more affordable and thus more appealing to a larger market. Life sometimes takes us in unpredictable directions; maybe you’ll get that dream job on the other side of the country after all, or maybe you’ll find yourself having to care for your mother-in-law and suddenly need more space than you anticipated.
A small house adds an extra layer of security in the real estate market, so you can rest easy knowing you’ll be able to quickly get the space you need without sacrificing any money in the selling process.
Start living the carefree, cozy lifestyle a small house can provide and look through the plethora of properties we have available for you. Give Peri Kiros a call today so you can find your new dream home—big or small!