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3 Issues to Consider Before Moving Your Family Into a Smaller House

Some people want to move into larger homes, but others are looking to downsize. You may want a smaller home for financial reasons, or you might simply feel that you have too much space now. Before you make the move, take some considerations into account to ensure that you’re making the best decision for your family.

Changing Number of Residents

You’ll definitely need to consider whether or not you are planning to expand your family in the upcoming years. For example, if you aren’t sure if you are going to have more children, you may want to stay in the larger home until a decision is reached. Also, think about if you might have aging parents or grandparents who need to come live with you in the future. On the other hand, your children might be planning to go off to college or to move into their own apartments soon, which could make a smaller house an excellent fit.

Amount of Rooms

Also consider the rooms that are currently in your house and if you are okay with that number decreasing. If you feel as though you already have too many rooms, a smaller house can help you to eliminate superfluous items in your home and to live more simply. However, you may have the need for an additional bedroom or a playroom. A smaller house might still work though. House extension prices may be lower than you think, which means that expanding a smaller house could prove more cost-effective than buying a bigger home.

Personal Space

When you have a family in which all of the members love spending practically every waking moment together, a small house can be a way to maximize on those vibes. In other families, however, members like their quiet time. They may prefer to read or write in a quiet room, or they may simply like to have space for reflection and introspection. Consider if a smaller house is going to take away parts of the day that more introverted family members look forward to. Of course, the house may have a basement or a yard that still provides for this level of privacy.

At first thought, moving into a smaller house might not seem like the most enticing idea. However, as you’re taking all of the factors into account, the benefits of this move can rise to the surface and encourage you to start a search for a smaller living space to house your family.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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