Should You Consider Downsizing Your Home?

By Genevieve Cunningham

When most people think about moving, they’re almost always looking for more space. They need more bedrooms, a bigger garage, or a kitchen that will hold more people. But sometimes the answer is not in more space, but actually in having a little less space. Downsizing may not be at the forefront of most people’s minds, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do in order to make life happier and more manageable. But how do you know if now is the time to downsize? Take a look at these signs that moving into something a little smaller may be in your future.

You Have Multiple Unused Bedrooms

While one, or possibly even two, extra bedrooms are probably OK, you may consider downsizing when you have bedrooms that get absolutely zero use. Do you have a four bedroom house, but it’s only you and your spouse? Is it really necessary to have three extra bedrooms? If you find yourself wondering what to do with unoccupied bedrooms, it might be worth the effort to get into something a little bit smaller.

You’re Sick of Cleaning Unused Spaces

One of the most noticeable signs that downsizing is in the near future may be exhaustion from dealing with cleaning those spaces that never get any use at all. Cleaning out empty bedrooms and closets, an extra bathroom that no one ever uses, or a playroom that is rarely used for playing may get old and tiresome. If you find yourself cleaning a house that is far bigger than your needs, and you’re sick of dealing with all of that needless work, downsizing may be a good idea.

Your Family Unit is Smaller Than Ever

Families grow and change over the years. As children get older and move away from home, bedrooms are left empty and houses suddenly feel really big. If this is your family, a smaller house may help with the empty nest syndrome. It may also make more sense, as smaller houses are usually less expensive to buy, use fewer costs in energy, and are easier to maintain.

While downsizing doesn’t always make sense, it may be the right answer in certain situations. If you think that going with less may be the right move for you and your family, just take a look at these signs and go from there. Ultimately only you can decide what’s right for you. If downsizing is it, enjoy less hassle, the lower payment, and the slightly easier lifestyle that may come with it.

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