Monday, August 2, 2010

Smaller Can Be Better

Anxious because your older home is smaller than today's average new home? Don't fret. Smaller is gaining acceptance among buyers today in every market. Whether you're buying or selling, it's important to realize that less square footage means:

The home is less expensive to heat in the winter and cool in the summer, which means energy bills will be lower.

Cleaning a smaller home is more manageable and might eliminate house cleaning services, if you relied on them previously.

Replacement costs of systems such as furnace and air conditioner are lower due to the units not needing to be as large to heat/cool different zones or as large a space.

Other remodeling and upgrading costs will be smaller as the footprint of the house is smaller, the roof is smaller, flooring to be changed is smaller, fewer windows to replace, etc.

Furnishing costs will be lower as small space means less furniture and decorations are needed to fill the home.

Your environmental impact is lessened with a smaller home using less energy and fewer resources.

Time with family members can increase because everyone has fewer places to escape from one another!

No matter what your current home size, give us a call if you need to downsize or if you're bursting at the seams. There are many homes to choose from, but they won't last forever!