The Upside to Downsizing
The latest craze in housing is no small feat. The tiny-house movement has taken downsizing to a whole new level. Build your own 150-square-foot haven for around $20,000 and say goodbye to your mortgage! Sounds great—as long as you don’t mind composting toilets and bumping elbows for the next few years.
Of course, you don’t have to go to these extremes to save a few bucks.
Most American families have plenty of room to size down without cramping their style. Consider the numbers: The average single-family home built in 2013 was nearly 2,600 square feet. You may not think that’s all too big until you look back at history. In 1950, the average home size was less than 1,000 square feet—and families were bigger back then. By those standards, today’s homeowners are living large!
Moving into a smaller home may feel like a step down, but a closer look reveals quite a few upsides.
Less Is More
One question we always hear when the topic of downsizing comes up is: “Where will I put all my stuff?” Here are a few ideas: your neighborhood yard sale, eBay, or Craigslist. That’s right—sell it and take that money to the bank, baby!
Sure, a smaller home means less space, but it also means less time, stress and money spent on upkeep. Think of all the fun you could have if you didn’t have to polish your miniature unicorn collection every weekend. You just might find a whole new world outside your door!
Shrinking your square footage might mean your family has to gather around one TV at night instead of spreading out across three or four different rooms (Gasp!). But is more time with the ones you love really all that bad? It just might be the kick in the pants you need to spend more quality time together!
Is Downsizing Right for You?
Downsizing might not make sense in every situation, but it’s worth a look if saving money and simplifying life appeal to you. We can help you determine what your home is worth and show you options for cutting costs down to size. A true pro knows what it takes to get top dollar for your current home and negotiate the best deal on a new one.
Ready to downsize but don’t know where to start? Call or email today and we can set up a time to talk about your options!