HOME SWEET HOME: Should you downsize?


HOME SWEET HOME: Should you downsize?

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Downsizing your home, which will definitely save money and time in the long run, is a huge step to take as a homeowner. This is especially true when you’ve created a lifetime’s worth of design choices, memories and trinkets. Before making a final decision as to whether you need a smaller space, State Farm experts suggest exploring these five questions:

  1. Do you want more free time?
    Downsizing can free up time spent on home upkeep and give you more time to pursue other things you enjoy, such as hobbies, traveling or family bonding.
  2. Do you want to cut expenses?
    A smaller place may help trim costs, such as mortgage and insurance payments and utilities. But remember to consider the costs associated with selling a home, including realtor fees, closing costs and moving expenses.
  3. Does your home meet your needs?
    You may look for a home with living spaces on one floor, a smaller yard, or a closer proximity to city life. While you may be able to adapt your current home, moving to a smaller home may be more convenient.
  4. Do you want to improve cash flow?
    Selling your home may give you extra cash to put toward retirement savings or free up a portion of your monthly expenses. Downsizing from a $250,000 home to a $150,000 home could save about $6,250 a year.
  5. Do you need room to host?
    The right-size home for your family may depend on if you anticipate adult children or other relatives moving in with you or frequently hosting visitors.

As with any plans for the future, don’t rush into the decision. List the pros and cons and discuss budgets, cash flow and retirement plans with family and financial helpers.

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