One Size Doesn't Fit All

Real Estate Agent with Prudential Howe & Doherty REALTORS

Are there rooms in your house you never seem to use? Closets full of junk so old, outdated, or unused that you don't even remember where it all came from? Or maybe your nest is empty – your children have moved out and you don't need all those bedrooms and bathrooms anymore.

Maybe it's time to "rightsize" your living space by buying smaller – and perhaps upgrading your surroundings in the process.

Location, location, location. Everyone's heard it; it's the age-old axiom tossed around by anyone checking out the real estate market. For families with young children, a good school district is important, and large yards can be appealing. Singles young and old might seek a home in an area with a vibrant social scene. Some people are tempted by the convenience of being able to walk to the shopping, arts venues, and public transportation in a more urban setting where smaller residences are the standard. In some cases, trading square footage for a more suitable environment makes a world of sense.

But location isn't always the biggest draw when searching for a new home. Interests and hobbies change over the years. Perhaps a gourmet kitchen suits your current needs better than the game room you don't use anymore. Maybe you don't need all that home office space and could trade in your filing cabinets for a sunny breakfast nook. It can be liberating to exchange large, seldom-used spaces for charm and convenience, especially if you're spending more time away from home traveling or pursuing your interests.

Rightsizing doesn't mean you have to get rid of everything. Maybe it makes more sense to store a few of your seldom-used possessions offsite in a storage unit in case you need them in the future. But maybe your hobbies and interests have changed and you no longer need that badminton set or the tangle of old hockey skates taking up space in the bottom of the coat closet. Perhaps you're driving a smaller car – or your family has fewer cars – and you no longer need all of the garage space that once seemed so crucial. 

In the end, it all comes down to lifestyle. If you pause to reevaluate your needs, you may realize you'd be happier living a little leaner and taking advantage of something new. 


Comments (5)

Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Great advice, I'm sure it will help many if they take it! Perfect idea for the home! 

Mar 22, 2012 03:03 AM
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy Peggy

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Have a good one
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Mar 22, 2012 08:59 AM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

Welcome to Activerain and I hope you are learning a lot and if you ever need any assistance, don't hesitate to check out my blog, email me, call me, I will be glad to help you in any way possible. Also, check out the main page of Activerain and look for the Activerain University tab, there are lots of educational webinars to help you build your business.

Mar 22, 2012 09:52 AM
Letitia Stevenson
BHHS Fox & Roach | - Greenville, DE
Listing Agent DE/PA/MD, Digital Marketer & Coach

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Mar 23, 2012 02:08 PM
Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team
Ken's Home Team LLC. - Vancouver, WA

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Apr 05, 2012 12:10 AM