Sometimes less is more
Are you looking for a low maintenance home, something smaller, or perhaps a house with less zones, bigger bedrooms and more open plan spaces? These are the most common requests when it comes to downsizing.
We downsize for many reasons – kids leaving home, retirement or simply to free up funds for a lifestyle change or tree change.
But, let’s be clear. Downsizing does not mean downgrading.
It simply means you’re ready for something smaller than the house you currently have.
One less bedroom, for example. Less house to clean and maintain. And probably less garden to worry about too. Maybe less mortgage to pay or maybe a lump sum straight into the bank account.
A lock-up-and-leave pad that frees up time and money for other things. Such as travel and hobbies and leisure activities.
Downsizing can also mean a move to a suburb that was beyond your reach when a big family home was needed. Imagine that long-awaited beach house in a prime coastal suburb, or a funky townhouse design on a narrow lot near the city, or a three-bedroom single-storey in a sought-after new estate close to the grandkids.
The downsizers we build for tell us that building something smaller is liberating and they’ve never looked back.
Even those who found themselves building a more compact home due to circumstances beyond their control often welcome the opportunity to clear out the clutter and focus on what they need.
And then there are the smaller bills that typically come with a smaller home. Less money going out on gas, water, electricity and general maintenance.
And that new freestanding home could even be at your current address if your garden is big enough. Subdividing, building a shiny new ‘downsizer’ to move into and then selling off the original house has proved to be a winning strategy for many of our clients.