3 Psychological Ideas To Keep In Mind Before Moving Into A Larger Home

by - July 26, 2018

There are solid reasons to upgrade to a bigger and larger home. It’s usually the plan for every normal person. You start out with a smaller starter home and upgrade to a larger one once your family expands or you buy your dream home when your income expands. However, there is much more to consider when you are upgrading your home. In fact, upsizing will cost you both upfront and down the line. So, before you think about buying a larger home or looking for a spacious house for rent in setia alam, consider if the extra space is really worth downgrading your bank account in the long-run.

Here are some things to keep in mind before you leap into a larger home.

1. Adjust your stuff to fit your space, not your space to fit your stuff.

We often decide on whether to choose a home based on how it can accommodate our belongings and possessions. You might find that you really like a unit you’ve seen but then you start thinking that the dining room isn’t big enough to fit your beloved solid-wood dining table, or that your large sectional sofa can barely fit in the living room.

However, it’s more important to think of it the other way around: you should make sure you choose your space due to your love of it, rather than what it can fit. Then, you can adjust your furniture to fit your space. Furthermore, as prices in real estate rise, it’s getting harder and harder to find that dream home that ticks all the boxes, especially if you’re renting. With options getting more and more limited, you might find that you need to adjust what you own and forsake some pieces of furniture in order to increase the number of available renting options.

Keeping in mind that you might not have the time – or funds – to acquire new furniture every time you move homes, it’s worth thinking about this the next time you purchase a piece of furniture. Before you make any decisions on whether to buy something, think about whether the piece in question will be flexible enough to fit in any future spaces you might live in. Often, furniture that fits into a sprawling apartment might not work in an urban studio.

If you already have furniture and there’s no space in your next home for some pieces that you currently own, consider renting a storage unit to keep the overflow. Just because something does not fit into your space now, does not mean you need to get rid of it. But do make sure that what you keep is truly of value to you. Alternatively, if you do need to replace something that just won’t fit in your current space, there are many inexpensive options for furniture today, such as IKEA or Muji. So, restocking your home should be an easy task that won’t end up breaking the bank.

2. Buy only the space you will use

The age-old adage “if it is not used, it is a waste” rings true when it comes to bigger spaces. Before you choose to upsize, you need to make sure that the rooms and features in the bigger house will actually be fully utilised. There is no use having that extra space – for example, the formal dining room home theater room, or game room – if it is not actually used.

When you choose your home, consider how your space complements your needs and buy only the space you will actually use. Think about your lifestyle and day-to-day activities. Is it reconcilable with the amount of square-footage you think you need? Often, when you really take the time to catalogue the space that you actually use in your home, you will find that the amount of space that you actually need is a very small portion of your entire house.

3. Consider the fact that bigger isn’t always better

Consumerism has propelled human desire to idolize excessive consumption: to want bigger, better and more in excess of one’s basic needs. Developers are driving the trend by building the largest houses they can (typically on the smallest possible land size in order to amortize prices). This doesn’t necessarily equal to a good home and thus the phrase bigger is better does not necessarily ring true for many homeowners.

Before you upsize, consider if you are prepared for the real financial burdens associated with upsizing. Often, it’s not just the sticker price on the house you will be paying for. There are other long-term costs associated with a bigger home and thus the extra space and belongings can turn out to be more of a burden than a blessing. With a bigger space comes bigger everything else: higher utility costs, higher property taxes, higher maintenance charges and also higher repair costs. Before you think about upsizing or buying a bigger home, consider if you can afford all the extra costs that comes with it. If not, you’ll probably find yourself better off embracing the growing movement towards more sustainable and smaller spaces.

Furthermore, larger homes mean more rooms to furnish: with the extra space comes the psychological urge to fill the space up, otherwise your home would look bare and cold. This can lead to situations where your good intentions to decorate your home end up creating overwhelming clutter.

While it is true that a bigger home makes a better impression on others, it may not really be practical for day-to-day life. When choosing your home, think about features such as layout, location or even long-term value. Avoid choosing your home entirely based on size alone, because there is such a thing as too much space.

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