Think about your lifestyle. How does your home fit with the way you live? Do you feel cramped, or do you simply have too much clutter? Do you need more room to accommodate a growing family—whether you’re welcoming more children or an aging family member? Your home should provide the right fit. It should be a place where you can relax, surrounded by the people and things that enhance your well-being. If you’re ready to right-size your life, start by asking, how much space do you need?
The size of your home isn’t just for comfort. It impacts the cost of living, too—mortgage, utilities, and maintenance, to name a few. When you’re looking at buying a new home, it makes sense to carefully evaluate your space needs.
Look at your home now. What works and what doesn’t with the space you have? Are the rooms large enough? Does the flow work well for you to get from one place to the next, like the bedroom to the kitchen, or the living room to the entry? Do you need a formal dining room or living room? Do you have areas of your home that you rarely use? If so, think about why they’re overlooked. It could be that the size or location isn’t right, or perhaps you simply don’t need that area. Yet, you’re still paying for it.
Another valuable step in determining the right size of your new home is to purge. De-clutter your home. Clean out the closets, attic, garage, and any areas where you have stashed stuff. You might discover that the unnecessary items are simply taking up space and cluttering your home, your mind, and your perspective.
Once you’ve evaluated your current spaces, measure them. Give yourself an accurate accounting of the actual space where you live, so you can compare it with the new homes you’re considering. An empty home might seem larger than one that’s furnished, so knowing actual room dimensions will help you calculate how much space you need.
As you look at prospective new homes, picture your daily routine. Where would you sit to have your morning coffee, entertain guests, pay bills, and enjoy your favorite hobby? Will those important aspects of your life fit into this space and this floor plan?
Right-sizing your home goes a long way towards living a more comfortable life—physically, financially, and emotionally. A home is a large investment and you shouldn’t compromise on the features that matter.
Epcon Communities has been helping people find the right fit with their homes for more than 30 years. Our neighborhoods of single-family homes offer low-maintenance living with distinctive style, quality craftsmanship, and the smart use of every square foot, so you can live large, without paying more than you need. We often include exterior maintenance, to give you more free time to enjoy your right-sized home! Take a look at the Epcon Communities, currently in 18 states, to find the one that fits just right!