Smaller homes have many benefits for the prospective buyer. The selling price is often more budget-friendly, especially for first-time buyers. Smaller homes can also be more energy-efficient and have lower maintenance costs. Yet, many people worry a small home won’t be right for them. What concerns will you need to address with a buyer about choosing a smaller house?
Many homeowners, especially young families, may worry they’ll outgrow a small home. They may be concerned about the number of bedrooms or the space in the living area or kitchen for gathering or entertaining. Yet, there are several work-arounds. Today’s open concept floor plans provide a spacious area that can accommodate sizable groups for family nights or parties. According to Mulberry Builders, a finished basement can also expand a small house with additional bedrooms and a recreation room.
Limited Storage Space
Limited storage space may also be a concern for buyers. Smaller homes may have fewer closets and no spare bedroom available for stashing hobby or seasonal items. Basements, garages, and attics can offer some storage solutions, but homeowners may also want to consider using post frame construction to add an outdoor shed. Unlike room additions, post frame buildings are free standing and flexible in size and design. According to Schrock Buildings, post frame construction buildings have a shorter build time than traditional building styles as well. These sturdy buildings can be equipped with electricity and heating or cooling. Even better, depending on size and design, the costs are much lower than room additions.
Smaller houses tend to have smaller rooms compared with larger homes. Yet, this doesn’t have to be a disadvantage, as there are several strategies to make the most of a small area. More important than square footage is a floor plan that flows and functions well. Open spaces, tall ceilings, and lots of natural light create a space that any family will feel comfortable in.
As for bedrooms, if you can’t spread out, Organize-It recommends you make the most of your vertical space. You can get more storage by adding shelves to the closet and using the area under the bed. Chests of drawers rather than a dresser will take up less floor space with the same benefit.
When looking for a new home, prospective buyers sometimes can’t afford the kind of space they want. But you can help them not be so discouraged by the size of a house. With some creativity and flexibility, a smaller home can easily fit a family’s needs for years to come.
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