Thinking of downsizing your home? Good for you! Smaller homes can save you money, allow for more flexibility in where you choose to live, improve your quality of life and – most importantly – reduce your environmental impact.
When we built our sustainable home, we decided to build it smaller than the home we previously owned – even though our family was growing. And while this is the opposite of what many people do when building, we absolutely love our smaller house because it’s just the right size for us and it reduces our carbon footprint.
But aside from the environmental factor, there are so many other ways downsizing can be a great choice. Check out just a few of the additional benefits of downsizing your home below!
Downsizing Your Home Saves Money
If you’re looking to save on monthly bills and general expenses, consider a smaller living situation. This point seems pretty obvious, but the savings that come from downsizing are significant. Simply downgrading from a four-bedroom to a two-bedroom home can save families hundreds – even thousands – of dollars a year.
Even closing costs come down significantly for smaller homes. And here’s the best part – you can sell your more valuable house, spend much less on a new abode, and pocket the profits for important hobbies. Furthermore, smaller rooms equal less energy consumption, helping cut down on utility costs. Not only do you save money, but you also help reduce your environmental impact.
Downsizing Your Home Makes it Easier To Clean
Ah, cleaning. It never ends. Anyone else dread spending hours every weekend deep-cleaning your house? And the bigger the house is, the more work it requires. Not to mention the costs and environmental impact that comes from buying countless cleaning supplies.
Even a minor downsize helps cut down on time and money spent maintaining your home, which leaves you with more moments of enjoyment and relaxation. I mean, do you really need a home with three bathrooms when two should be more than enough? Just think… one less toilet to clean.
Downsizing Your Home Means Living Closer to City Centre
I may not live in a city, but I totally get the allure. Living in a vibrant city full of exciting activities, diverse people and unlimited possibilities sounds very enticing. Imagine being able to walk to work, school, restaurants – everywhere!
Most larger homes near city centres are extremely expensive, which is why smaller homes are the best option for a city environment. Empty nesters and families who are able to live happily with less can downsize and affordably and comfortably live downtown. Any profits from the sale of a larger house can go toward an apartment, brownstone, or condo in the right neighbourhood for you.
Downsizing Your Home Means a Better Quality of Life
With growing populations and housing costs, downsizing your home is becoming a more and more common thing to do. After downsizing, families and individuals often report an improved quality of life because they can spend less time worrying about money, as well as less time maintaining and cleaning their homes – and more time enjoying life.
Plus, the cozy atmosphere of a smaller home allows for better connections and fun with the family. Even owners of tiny homes have remarked that they successfully live with pets – and children! And while my home isn’t “tiny,” I also can confirm that we have plenty of space for our two kids and two pets even though many in our area consider our house “too small.”
Understanding the many benefits of downsizing your home can allow you to live a smaller, more intentional life. Save money each month to focus on the things that make you and your family happy. Plus, downsizing helps decrease your impact on the environment. And who doesn’t like the sound of that?
Posted on December 20, 2021
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