If you're like most people, you've heard a lot in recent years about the tiny home trend -- and while these homes are intriguing and often quite charming, they really aren't practical for the majority of situations. Nonetheless, you can still get the benefits of a smaller home, such as decreased utility costs and fewer areas to clean, by downsizing to a smaller house without going full-on tiny home. Following are three things you should consider if you're thinking about a move in the near future and are wondering if downsizing to a home with less square footage is the right option.
1. Will You Have Houseguests?
If you're the sort of person who loves to host family and friends from far flung places, it's probably important to you that both you and your guests don't feel overly crowded during their stay, so be sure to take this into consideration. The average length of stay and number of guests are important -- one or two people visiting for one or two days and nights is a completely different scenario than a family of six coming to stay for a week.
Also, keep in mind that if one of the reasons you're thinking about downsizing is because your kids have recently left the home, they may be starting families of their own soon, and you might want a home that is big enough to accommodate visiting grandchildren.
2. How Much Privacy Do You Need?
Some people who move to smaller houses are surprised to discover that they feel they aren't getting enough privacy. If you're used to having a home office or a crafts room, for instance, and move to a home where you're making do with a corner of the living room for your office needs, you may find it difficult to share that space. If you're used to a kitchen that's situated in a separate, you may or may not have trouble transitioning to a small kitchen in an open floor plan.
3. How Much Stuff Do You Have?
Thanks to technology, many people have less stuff than ever before -- after all, there's no need for a home library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves on all four sides because you can carry all of your reading material in your tablet or laptop.
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