You’ve lived in the same home for years, maybe even decades. You’ve watched your children grow and have made many memories under your roof. Now, it’s possible that your kids are moved out and it seems like your home is almost too big. Unlike the 1990s, bigger is not always better when it comes to home sizes these days. Today’s homeowners have become more aware of their carbon footprints, household budgets, and other factors that influence the size of their home. For a couple, living in anything bigger than a single-family home can seem like too much. In fact, according to a survey, 60 percent of US homeowners who lived in a home 2,000 square feet or larger said they would choose a smaller space next, rather than one of similar size or larger.
What many homeowners don’t consider is that there are many benefits to downsizing to a smaller home. Whether the decision to move into a smaller home is voluntarily are you are forced to move for job relocation or another life event — such as kids moving out or retiring — rest assured there’s a bright side to decreasing your home size.
The Benefits of Downsizing
At McCall Homes, many of our new homes for sale in Billings, MT are perfect for all seasons of life! Whether you are looking for your first home or are looking to downsize, we have different homes and floor plans available to fit your wants, needs, and budget. You even can even choose different design elements to ensure your home fits your personality and lifestyle! If you have been wondering if downsizing to a smaller home is more suited for you at this life stage, continue reading as we explore some of the unexpected benefits of downsizing.
Save More Money
Of course, the obvious; a smaller home typically means a smaller mortgage payment. But that is not the only way you can save money when downsizing. Let’s face it, the more space you have, the more you feel like you need to fill it. Furniture, decor, and other items you use to fill the empty spaces in your home certainly add up. One of the perks of downsizing to a smaller home is that you won’t waste money on items that are used to fill space rather than to fulfill a function. A smaller home will help you prioritize your life and bring only the necessities into your home.
Less Cleaning Involved
There is a sense of pride that comes with tackling the task of cleaning a large home. But lugging the vacuum up flights of stairs, dusting rooms that are barely occupied, and decluttering probably is not the way you want to spend every weekend. When you have a smaller home, cleaning will seem like a breeze compared to a home with over 2,000 square feet. You will be surprised how reducing your daily chores and maintenance will free up some of your time.
More Family Time
One of the biggest selling points for larger homes is that everyone gets to have their own space and privacy. This can sometimes deter a family’s time spent together. While smaller homes still give you a personal space to retreat to when needed, they also create an environment where family members can bond more effectively. And if you’re expecting family visitors part-time, plan to combine guest accommodations with more everyday uses such as an office or den.
Save On Energy Costs
Of course, another benefit to downsizing is the lower energy costs. From HVAC costs to water savings in the kitchen and bathrooms, it can be expensive to keep a large home running and comfortable. Smaller homes, on the other hand, provide the benefit of reducing you and your family’s carbon footprint meanwhile you will enjoy a lower energy bill in the warmer and cooler months.
Plus, when you purchase a new home from McCall Homes, you get energy-saving features, such as an energy-efficient air conditioning system, Owens Corning exterior and interior insulation, Anderson windows, a Rheem 95 percent efficient furnace, tankless hot water heater, Energy Star appliances, and more to keep your monthly energy bills low!
Own Less, Live More
Have you ever heard the saying, ‘The more things you own, the more they own you’? This minimalist mindset basically suggests that the more possessions you have and the larger a lifestyle you live, the more mentally straining life can become. However, a smaller home size can help you part ways with many of your belongings, especially the unnecessary ones. As a result, you’ll naturally have less to worry about regarding housework, furnishing, and outdoor maintenance. This can really help relieve your mind of stress and free up your weekly to-do list.
Looking To Downsize? Check Out Our Brand New Homes For Sale!
As you can see, there are many benefits to downsizing. Bigger isn’t always better, especially when you are considering the new homes for sale in the master-planned community, Annafeld, by McCall Homes. Many of our new homes are the perfect downsizing homes! If you are interested in learning more about our new homes or would like to set up a tour of our homes, give us a call at (406)998-1889!