Buying "Small" in Salt Lake

Real Estate Agent with Homebuyer Representation, Inc. DRE# 5467433

small homeWith all the plusses that come with more square footage, the smart buyer will look at the additional costs.

Whether you are buying a home as an investment, or planning on living there a long time, there are many reasons some Buyers choose to buy "small" rather than buying "large" homes.

Most Buyers who choose to buy small do so out of some necessity: The home is closer to work, their buying budget only gets them a small home, etc.

But some buyers who could buy big, still choose to buy small and their reasons are food for thought.

Some of the prevailing things I counsel buyers to consider are:

  • Large homes generally have higher utility costs than smaller homes. (Although newer "greener" technology can make a newer home better in that regard than some older homes.)
  • It costs a whole lot more to remodel 4-6,000 square feet than it costs to remodel 1000-2000 square feet.

Some of the reasons I hear Buyers give for choosing to buy small:

  • Less housework.
  • The community/schools are nicer
  • "I don't want to pay for space I won't need or use."
  • Some older (smaller) homes have more charm than newer larger homes.
  • The finish level can be much nicer in a smaller home for the same cost.
  • It costs less up front.


If you are planning to buy a home in the Salt Lake City area and want a true agent who will look out for your best interests, make sure you hire an Exclusive Buyers Agent! Make sure you get an Agent on YOUR side of the transaction!

If you have excellent credit and will be buying a $250,000-$750,000 home in the next 30-60 days and would like an agent who will work exclusively for you, call us at (801) 969-8989 or contact us via the link on this page.

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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
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Good sensible logic; I like that.


Tom Braatz

Oct 03, 2008 09:08 AM #1
Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

The pluses of smaller houses is the ad photos are smaller and they take up less space, therefore cost less to pulling your leg!

Oct 03, 2008 11:03 AM #2
Krystal Dyer
The Partner Network - Montville, CT
Selling Real Estate in Montville CT

Hi Benjamin

Great blog on smaller homes.  Here in Southeastern Connecticut the Green Revolution has begun!  :)   Builders are paying more attention to building up (finished 3rd level) than building out, and keeping ceiling heights lower so the buyer is not heating so much space!  Smaller is greener since less materials are used, less land is disrupted and it's more efficient.    So many reasons to buy a smaller house.  Who knew?   Ta! Krystal

Oct 16, 2008 12:07 AM #3
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