Benefits of downsizing your home

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There are a lot of things to think about when moving house. Of course, location is very important, and so is the price tag. But, so is size. Is your new place going to be bigger? Smaller? About the same? Are you thinking about downsizing your home? Why, or why not? It can be very helpful to have a clear idea in mind, but it’s also okay if you don’t. After all, you have a lot of time to think about it while you’re preparing for moving! And, if by some chance, you think about it too much and end up undecided, there are always temporary housing options. But you really should consider downsizing if you can. It’s not just a fashionable fad! Many people are planning on downsizing their home lately, and for many good reasons.

A pug wrapped snug in a rug.
You’d be surprised how cozy a smaller home can get if you just decorate it right! Of course, any home is cozy with a pet, but small homes are easier to keep clean.

Downsizing your home to save money

Saving money is on everyone’s mind. If you have money problems – and really, who doesn’t? – it could be helpful to downsize your home. After all, you’ll spend way less on heating if you have fewer rooms to heat. You’ll spend less on electricity if you have fewer rooms with lamps. But, there’s more to it than that – downsizing your home means downsizing your items, and not buying new ones until you need to. Because you won’t have anywhere to put them!

  • Of course, people get rid of unwanted stuff before they move, so they don’t have to pay for transport on an item they don’t care about. And, whenever possible, you can donate your stuff before the move – do a good deed and get a tax reduction!
  • But, once you’ve downsized your home, it gets difficult to buy things on a whim. Having to awkwardly cram any new purchases will definitely take the wind out of your sails when it comes to sudden shopping. Yeah, that’s a cute set of coffee cups with lovely lavender stripes, but your kitchen is full already, and you have nowhere to put it! Yes, you are in fact missing a t-shirt in that shade of yellow, but your closet is full already. Those really are excellent throwing knives, but you don’t have anywhere to put them. It’s an excellent deterrent if you’re prone to buying on a whim, or “retail therapy”.
  • And, just because there’s fewer things to take care of, your maintenance costs will be less expensive, and so will your mortgage!
  • Time is money, and downsizing your home means less maintenance work. Cleaning an entire house is more time-consuming than cleaning an apartment. Going to a smaller house means less yard work, and going to an apartment means none.

Will your bills get downsized alongside your home?

Of course, that depends on many factors – if you start from a house on the outskirts of Pullman and end up moving to Brooklyn, your bills won’t depend solely on the size of your house. But, overall, yes, a smaller place always costs less than a bigger place in the same area. Your real estate taxes will decrease, your insurance costs will decrease, you’ll have fewer things to maintain so your maintenance bills will decrease…  Plenty of people are downsizing their home solely for financial reasons!

Figuring out what kind of bills you'll get when downsizing your home is important.
Knowing what your new bills will be like is important. If you don’t know, figure it out!

What are other reasons to downsize your home?

There are more reasons to downsize your home than just to curb obsessive shopping and cut the bills. For example, empty nesters might find their now-empty house to be simply too big to maintain. Or you’re approaching retirement, and want to establish a nice, easily maintainable, low-effort place to really kick back and enjoy your retirement in. Maybe you’re just tired of shoveling snow every winter and leaves every fall. Or you feel the space of your home is overwhelming – plenty of people downsize just so they don’t have to clean unused rooms! And we all know unused rooms turn into “storage” rooms instead of getting a storage unit, and the next thing you know you have a hoarding problem.

A person drawing a pink flower.
You’ll get plenty of time to try that creative hobby you’ve always wanted if you downsize into a home with less maintenance.

Getting creative about downsizing your home

Downsizing your home can open it to some creative solutions. After all, when you don’t have a lot of space to work with, every little thing counts! Plus, there are all sorts of tips on making your small space look bigger, if you feel claustrophobic rather than cozy. But, you could also go in the opposite direction. This is especially fun in bedrooms, where you can easily get an intimate atmosphere instead of a cluttered one. Bring as many plush pillows as you can carry, wrap yourself in blankets, get a lamp with a dimmer switch, and your tiny bedroom is now cozy and delightful.

Of course, you might have to consider how best to work your magic. You don’t want to pay for transport for all those items, only to throw them away and buy new ones, right? But, unfortunately, when it comes to moving it seems like the work never ends. That’s because there’s a reason the moving industry is booming – it’s a full-time job! Few people can handle it alongside working their actual job. So, it seems like you can’t organize the whole move and plan on how you’re gonna decorate when downsizing your home. But don’t worry, that’s why you can utilize moving services Brooklyn and not worry about it yourself. Plenty of time to plan out the best decorated downsized home in recorded history.

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