Top 8 Reasons Why You’re Better Off with a Smaller House

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There is nothing wrong with a big house with lots of rooms and fancy furniture. However, most people do not realize that they can be better off with a smaller one. One of the main reasons many prefer larger houses is that the “bigger is better” mentality has already been part of our culture, and it is something that is very difficult to get rid of. Another reason, and one that’s very important, is that nobody tells them that a smaller house is actually better. If you don’t believe it, here are eight obvious and very compelling reasons:

It is Easier to Maintain

If you own a house yourself, you probably know how difficult it is to maintain one. It requires time, energy, money, and effort, and if you can’t commit to giving those things, you’ll have a hard time keeping your house tidy and fully-functional. All things being equal, there is no question that a smaller house is easier to maintain.

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It is Easier to Clean

Unless you have a handful of helpers at home, cleaning a big house can tend to be very challenging. On the other hand, a smaller house is easier to clean and de-clutter, and that even if you have to get the job done on your own.

It is Less Expensive

A smaller house is less expensive to buy, and is much less expensive to maintain. In terms of insurance, tax, utilities, etc., there is no question a smaller house is the more cost-effective option.

It has Less Environmental Impact

Since a smaller house requires less resources to construct and maintain, it has lesser impact to the environment, especially in the long run.

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It Prevents You From Accumulating More

We live in a generation where people love accumulating things. Having too much stuff can be tiring and stressful, though, so if you are tired of it, opt for a smaller house. The limited space will force you to be contented with only what are essential to run your home efficiently.

It Requires Less Decorating

Decorating your house is important, and you’ll know from reading my posts that I’m all into adding small improvements into my home every now and then, be it the roman blinds Perth I’ve been eyeing for quite a while now, as well as the wall art decors I’ve recently installed. However, if you’ll really consider it, with a smaller house, you’ll spend less in wall color, window treatments, light fixtures, and dozens of other room decorations.

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It is Mentally Freeing

Clutter is a visual distraction and is usually one of the causes for stress. If there is one thing that causes to clutter in the home, it’s the accumulation of unnecessary stuff. When you have a smaller house, however, you will be less tempted to buy more things that will just lead to clutter. When there is less clutter, there is more peace and Zen for you. For this reason, consider buying a smaller house and free your mind from worry and cares.

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It Is Easier to Sell

When the time comes that you decide to sell your home, you can have peace of mind that there is a bigger chance that somebody is going to buy it. Compared to a large house, a smaller one is more affordable and has a wider market to sell. While there are people who prefer big houses, a larger percentage of the population prefer to buy a house that’s affordable both to purchase and maintain.

Not convinced yet? Here are more reasons to check out:

12 ways a small house has improved my life (zerowastehome.com)

10 Bonus Benefits to Small Space Living (apartmenttherapy.com)

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