Upsize or Downsize? How to Find the Right DFW Home
If you’re searching for a new DFW home, you may have been asked by your real estate agent whether you want to upsize or downsize your current living quarters. One of the best parts about buying a new home in the modern age is the focus on right-sizing rather than “the bigger the better.” It’s all about assessing how much home you really need to fit your current lifestyle.
Should you move to a larger or smaller home? How can you determine which is the right fit for your family? Check out Cambridge Crossings’ tips for right-sizing your new DFW home:
Assess Your Current Space
To start, pay attention to how you’re living in your current home. Are there rooms you rarely go in? Where do you spend most of your time? You may be surprised to find out you’re already living in a smaller space if you only spend time in your bedroom or kitchen!
On the other hand, if you find yourself running out of storage space or you’re constantly rearranging furniture to make space for new things, it may be time for a bigger home.
Major Life Changes
Working from home permanently? Adding a little bundle of joy to your family? Are you considering moving an aging parent to live with you? There are many major life scenarios that may warrant needing more space in your future home.
Conversely, if the kids are finally leaving the nest or you’re nearing retirement, it may be time to downsize to give you more freedom to travel and not deal with the general upkeep of a larger home.
Upsizing Pros & Cons
In a larger home, you’ll find you finally have plenty of space for your family and dream amenities, such as a private home office, a game room for the kids, a media room for family movie nights and more space for guests.
Before you decide to upsize your home, ask yourself if you truly need the space and take into account whether you can afford the upgrade. Not only will you be paying more in rent or have a higher mortgage, but you’ll also be paying more in utilities.
Downsizing Pros & Cons
When you move to a smaller home, you can also decrease your mortgage, decrease your utility bills and decrease the amount of time and money you spend on maintaining and cleaning a larger home.
If you decide to downsize your home, you may find it hard to let go of memories and items in your current home. With less storage space, you’ll need to determine if you’ll toss, donate or gift many items in order to have plenty of room in a smaller home.
So, should you upsize or downsize? It all boils down to your lifestyle and what you ultimately need in a new home! Try not to focus so much on the square footage, but instead try to find a floorplan that fits your home wish list.
In Cambridge Crossing, our premier DFW homebuilders offer a wealth of floorplans designed around the modern homebuyer. Whether you want to upsize or downsize, our builders can help you choose the home you’ll love for years to come.