Sometimes, bigger isn’t always better. Especially when your kids have finally left home and suddenly it feels like the amount of space that you’re occupying (and having to clean and maintain) seems completely unnecessary. As life moves along, you want to be able to enjoy it without having to spend the majority of your time just trying to keep up with maintaining your home.
Knowing when it’s time to downsize isn’t always so crystal clear. But if you’ve reached a point where you can relate to each of these signs, you should feel confident that it’s time to make the change.
You Feel Isolated
If you’ve been living in your home for years since the kids first learned how to walk, it can be extremely difficult to let those memories go and move on to something new. But when your children have grown into adults with homes and families of their own, life can quickly become lonely. If your home is located extremely far from your family and grandchildren, or the neighbourhood no longer serves you well, it’s worth the move to avoid those feelings of isolation and be close to loved ones.
You Have Rooms That You Never Use
If you have a room or maybe three that you never use anymore and barely enter aside from dusting or to store away some items, then that’s just a waste of space and money. Big homes that end up becoming unused homes still end up costing you just as much, if not more to heat and cool them.
You Spend Too Much Time Just to Maintain It
When you reach a certain phase in life, you really want to make the most out of your time and enjoy it. Having the burden of cleaning and performing extra maintenance on your home so frequently doesn’t contribute to that goal of R&R. When your come ends up feeling more like a burden, it’s not worth staying.
You Want To Embrace Retirement
As many people move through the waves of retirement it usually means it’s time to really try and make the most out their dollars. Making your savings stretch farther is important, and one of the main reasons why many people decide to downsize.
So take the time to really consider whether your big home is serving you well in life here and now. If your home is becoming more of burden and less of a pleasure to live in then you should take the leap and make a change to enhance your life.