Sometime during the “stay at home order” you may have had the following thoughts:
- Why am I still holding on to _____?
- What is in this box? I haven’t opened this since ____?
- These closets are filled to the brim! I can’t find____!
- Wow! I didn’t realize that it takes me ____ hours to maintain my home!
- Woah! My utilities cost _____ this month!
- I wish my family would spend more quality time together!
I will be honest with you, there have been SEVERAL occasions where I thought I found my client’s the perfect home, and then they say something like:
- What about grandma’s dining table? (When I asked, they never sat at it)
- What about my bedroom furniture?
- What about my stuff!
Now, I completely understand that there are items that hold special place in my client’s heart. I also have many items in my home that I don’t need, but they are special to me and I would be sad if they were gone. Maybe the solution to your problems isn’t that you need MORE space. Maybe the solution is that you need LESS space! There are many benefits to living in a smaller space:
- Less space to clean
- Less space to heat and cool
- Can more easily give items away that do not “spark joy”
- Proudly display the items that bring joy
- Simplify your life
- Potential to make home into future investment property
- Potential for more quality time with loved ones
- Potential for choosing more luxury items: tile backsplash, flooring, light fixtures, appliances, etc because home will require less than a larger home.
- Potential for smaller mortgage, pay off debt faster, save money, travel more, etc.
Before you purchase a home less than 1000 square feet, consider the following items:
- *If you live with other people in your home, discuss plans with them!*
- Am I qualified to purchase a home? (Talk to a local lender!)
- If I needed to store items in a storage unit, could I afford to pay for the storage unit and the home?
- What are the items in my home I CAN NOT live without?
- What items can I get rid of?
- What are my non-negotiables? (Commute to work, school district, price, land, etc)
Again, living in less than 1000 square feet is not for everyone. But maybe this type of home could ultimately be your home sweet home!