|A smaller home doesn't mean you've opted out of luxury.|
Via Southern Living.
Almost everyone dreams of living in a grand house someday, but the realities of budget, upkeep and function can encourage many potential home owners to seek a more modest dream. Opting for a smaller home doesn't mean you've opted out of luxury. The many benefits of living in a smaller home can actually improve your overall quality of life and provide a sense of grandeur that goes beyond square footage.
1. Lower energy costs. A smaller space means smaller heating and cooling bills. Everyone appreciates lower utility bills. And those who strive to life a more eco-friendly lifestyle can feel good about using less resources without sacrificing comfort.
2. Easier maintenance - Fewer floors and windows to wash, fewer rooms to dust and fewer bathrooms to scrub. With less space to care for you can enjoy a clean home without devoting all your free time to housekeeping.
3. Smaller mortgage - No matter what market you live in one law of real estate holds true: Less square footage means a smaller mortgage. What will you do with all that extra cash?
4. Staying organized - Living in a home with limited storage space forces you to make do with less. With few extra places to hide clutter, small-house living makes it easier, or at least more crucial, to keep things neat and tidy.
5. Fewer decorating costs - Filling a large home with furniture and accessories can be an extremely expensive venture. A small space with a minimal amount of rooms not only requires less spending, it also allows you to purchase higher quality items without destroying your budget.
6. Family togetherness - Without an excess of room to spread out in, families who live in small houses naturally spend more time together. You'll never have to go searching for the kids or raise your voice too much to be heard in the next room.
7. Instant charm - People who live in large homes work hard to make them feel cozy and unique. A small house already has those qualities. Small homes are often located in older, more quaint neighborhoods where the only "cookie cutters" are in the kitchen.
If you're ready for the security and financial benefits of home ownership but don't want the burden of a huge mortgage or massive maintenance costs, a smaller home might be the perfect fit. Naturally charming, easier to maintain and cheaper to buy, a small house just may turn out to be the castle of your dreams after all.
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