4 Surprising Benefits of Downsizing into a Smaller Home
Here on the West Coast, we are trained to think of bigger as always being better and that having more is the best of all. However, there is something to be said for austerity. There is something to be said for simplifying your lifestyle and shedding away the excesses of life that can sometimes create stress, plunge us into debt etc. This is the pressure that people with large homes can sometimes feel. With that said, here are 4 ways that downsizing to a small house can actually make your life better, more efficient and cozier.
You have less to clean: Cleaning a 2,500 square foot house can be an all-day chore. It can also take away from time you could spend doing other, more productive things. In contrast, smaller homes take less time to clean freeing you up to do other tasks.
Downsizing to smaller home cuts energy costs: One of the biggest downsides to living in a large home is that it takes a lot of energy to heat and cool them. With small homes there is less space to heat and cool. At the same time, they also reduce your family’s carbon footprint. Even if you decide to remain in a larger home, you can contact your local energy provider for tips on how to save money on heating and cooling costs.
Downsizing means you spend less on unnecessary items: Having a smaller living space requires that you seriously cut back on things around you that you do not need. It forces you to equate each purchase you are about to make and put in the context of how much less room you have.
Lower maintenance costs: While big, beautiful homes seem like a dream, the cost of maintaining them can sometimes be rather costly. In contrast, with less space you can usually do a lot of the maintenance work yourself thereby saving the cost of labor.
According to the U.S. Census, the average size of an American home was 983 square feet in 1950. By 1973 it had grown to 1,660 square. Finally, in 2010, the average house was almost 2,400 square feet. Despite this trend, many Americans are seeing the utility of downsizing to a smaller home. They are beginning to see this as a way to make their living space more efficient. My Ventura County real estate team can help you decide what is best for you in terms of house size. I have Moorpark homes for sale that suit a variety of needs.