Wondering what are the reasons you should consider moving in 2020? You’ve probably heard the phrase, “bigger is always better.” There’s a reason why this philosophy has stuck around for generations. People usually associate bigger homes with bigger salaries, luxurious cars, and a stylish wardrobe. But more square footage can lead to more problems. There are many reasons why you should consider downsizing to a smaller home in 2020. We’re going to discuss why you should put your large house on the market for something more cozy.
Why should I move?
This is probably one of the more obvious reasons to downsize your home. A smaller mortgage will allow you to put more money towards other bills or financial goals that you might have. Moving into a smaller home will likely reduce your property taxes as well. You’ll want to check the roads, schools, and communities for more information on property taxes.
You’ll also save maintenance costs in a smaller home. There will be less grass to cut and less shrubberies to maintain. Your electric, gas, and water bills will also shrink. You’ll also want to explore any possible Homeowner’s Associations before purchasing a home. This can add unexpected expenses to your yearly budget.
Less Room for Junk
You aren’t just downsizing your square footage. You are also downsizing the items inside your home. If you have clothes, books, or furniture that go unused, downsizing your home is a great way to get rid of unnecessary items. You can also donate these items to family members or to local thrift stores to help someone else in need.
This is a great practice to follow if you consider yourself as an impulsive shopper. You can’t go on a shopping spree if you don’t have any room for clothing or collectables. Just because you are saving more on your mortgage doesn’t mean that you should plan weekly shopping trips. You can use the money saved each month from your mortgage to indulge in vacations rather than gifts and items. It’s great to have this opportunity as people begin to value experiences over physical items and purchases.
Optimize Your Space
Having extra space might sound tempting. You could use an in-home office. And two extra guest rooms would be perfect during the holidays. But what will you use in those spaces during the rest of the year?
Downsizing to a smaller home will force you to get creative with the space you have. It will be easier to plan for extra guests rather than deal with empty spaces throughout most of the calendar year. Take advantage of “dead” spaces like stairwells, utility closets, and other unused areas to store items like winter clothing, extra bedding, or cleaning supplies.
You can also take advantage of wall-mounted desks, under-bed storage, and even Murphy beds to transform guest rooms into an office depending on who is visiting.
Downsizing your home could also lead to less stress. You’ll have fewer bills, less square footage to clean and maintain, and your electric bill will shrink. Because there is less home to clean, you’ll have more free time to spend with family members while expanding your hobbies. When moving, make sure to hire a reliable moving company that has the expertise it takes to move your items. When you do, you can finally sit back and relax knowing your items are being moved and are in good hands.
If you have a large family, a smaller home can force you to have more interactions and spend quality time with other family members. This could be a good… or bad thing! It’s a great option for families with lots of siblings looking for an opportunity to bond.
There is also less room to clean. It can take hours, even days, to properly clean a larger home. Downsizing to a smaller home will allow you to save time and sanity by having less rooms to clean and sanitize. If you live in a smaller home, chances are that you live in a more tight-knit and closer community. This will give you an opportunity to get to know your neighbors more. More picnics and cookouts will lead to a better relationship with the family next door. A happier environment will lead to a happier homeowner.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Smaller houses use less materials and energy during the building process. Fewer trees are needed to provide wood and smaller homes require less electricity and other utilities. If you aren’t buying a new home, you are also saving on materials because you are purchasing a home that is already built.
Programmable thermostats can also save money on your power bill while also reducing the amount of energy used each month. These can be installed in new homes or upgraded in older homes. Many of these digital thermostats can be controlled from a smartphone or they have a vacation mode. This allows you to control your AC unit while you are out and about.
Depending on where the home is located, you may be able to walk to the grocery store. This will save gas and allow you to better reduce your carbon footprint. This can become the first step towards recycling and saving our environment.
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