Bigger isn’t always better when it comes to owning a home. Once your children have moved out or when you’re ready to retire, you may find the time ripe to move into a smaller abode.
Downsizing can be a great opportunity for empty nesters and retirees to search for homes for sale in Soquel, CA that may be better suited to their changing needs. Still on the fence? Let’s take a look at the benefits of buying a smaller property:
One of the most common problems of owning a large property is the accumulation of clutter. It’s tempting to keep buying stuff to fill huge empty spaces. Before you know it, you’ll have accumulated more furniture, appliances, and electronics than you may actually need.
Homeowners hardly ever notice the buildup of unnecessary items in the home when there’s more than ample space. When you own a smaller property, however, you tend to be more aware of your space issues. To avoid clutter, you become less inclined to buy more than is necessary.
Less upkeep and maintenance
Big or small, homeowners need to keep their homes well maintained. Regular upkeep involves everything from cutting the grass and trimming the shrubs to keeping the kitchen and bathrooms mold-free. Repairs of all sorts need to be done around the house, while home systems require periodical servicing.
Retirees or senior citizens living independently may find these home maintenance tasks too cumbersome to handle, especially when they own a large property. Opting for a smaller home allows for greater ease of maintenance and cuts down on overhead expenses as well.
One huge benefit to downsizing is that everything costs less. Smaller properties don’t consume as much gas or electricity for heating and cooling. You can also generate considerable savings with your lower monthly mortgage payments and property taxes.
Easier to secure
Then there’s the issue of security. Keeping larger homes secure is more challenging than it is for smaller properties. Having a bigger home naturally means ensuring that your multiple entrances, including doors, windows and skylights remain impenetrable. While sophisticated security systems are available to prevent intruders from breaching your home, they tend to cost a lot. Downsizing your home makes it easier and less costly to keep you and your property safe and secure.
More free time
With fewer chores and home maintenance tasks, you have more free time to do the things you enjoy. A smaller property helps free you of a lot of responsibilities. This will allow you to pursue the things you’ve always wanted to do, like taking up a new hobby or travelling.
If you love gardening, by all means spend the weekend tending to your organic vegetable garden. Set up an easel by the brook next to your home and spend a quiet afternoon painting without having to worry about things remaining undone. Learn to cook—attend a class like you’ve always wanted and whip up gourmet dishes for your friends in no time.
Channel your savings on maintenance, utilities, and mortgage costs towards things you love to do.
Are you ready to downsize your home? Call me, Amber Melenudo, and let’s explore your Soquel, CA real estate options together. Get in touch with me today by calling 831.661.5591. Or you can send an email to amber(at)davidlyng(dotted)com.