According to United States Census data, the size of the average house in America has almost doubled in the last 65 years. More interesting still is that the size of homes has increased by over 60 percent since 1973. In fact, the size of houses topped out in 2011 at just over 2,400 square feet.
In spite of the size of your neighbor’s home or the size of home your friends are buying, how much space do you really think you will need? If you are in the market for a new home in Brentwood, you will need to tell your realtor what size house you are searching for. Here are a few considerations when determining what size of house you need.
To more accurately determine the amount of space you really need to live begins with a better understanding of your lifestyle. For example, if you like to entertain and have guests over quite often, you will want a bigger home appropriate for entertaining. But if you like to keep to yourself and travel a lot throughout the year, a small home is probably ideal.
If you choose to buy a larger home, be prepared to spend at least some of your free time doing yard work and cleaning windows. Typically, larger homes mean more maintenance commitments. A bigger home also means a more expensive paint job when the time comes and larger roofing bill as well. So even if you do have the time to wash the windows on a bigger home, you might not have the money to keep up on other big home projects.
What does your future hold? If a spouse and children are a goal in your life, a two-bedroom bungalow is hardly a wise choice. But even if your kids are grown and gone, you might want to consider a bigger home in case you have to care for aging parents. There are many things to consider.
Benefits of a Smaller Home
If you aren’t swayed by the benefits of a large home, there are certainly benefits to owning a small home.
When space is at a premium, clutter is eliminated because you are forced to differentiate between wants and needs. Having a smaller home will bring out the minimalist in you.
A smaller home will cost you less in energy costs to be sure, but you will also leave less of a carbon footprint as well.
Small houses, driven by fewer materials and labor, are less expensive to buy. But this does not mean they are cheap as often, smaller homes are built with a well-designed eye.
Often, smaller homes promote more social activity and family interaction than bigger homes. If anything, it’s a lot more difficult to become isolated in a smaller home.
As you can see, there are many cases in which “less is more.”