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10 Reasons Why Upsizing Could be a Bad Idea

By - Interior Design & Architecture Magazine on Sep 09, 2013

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Before you decide to upsize your home – weigh all the options

When you ask most homeowners what their dream home looks like in their head, it's usually a large home on a sprawling estate with more room than any one family could use, right? If you are trying to find your dream home, or just planned to upsize from your current home, beware of the challenges that go along with owning a large home. From increased utilities, maintenance and budgeting concerns, look at these 10 reasons why upsizing your home could be a bad idea.

1. Upsizing your home can lead to wasteful spending:

Have you ever noticed the larger area you have to fill, the more you feel you have to fill it? This is also true with upsizing to a larger home. Assess the needs for wanting a larger home. If you only want a larger home so you can use more furniture and more “things” – you may realize that this leads to wasteful spending. Instead of using money for a larger home, that money could be used on vacations, leisure, college education, and, of course, your savings!

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2. A larger home will require more maintenance:

If you’re a homeowner that doesn’t enjoy home maintenance, upsizing to a larger home will magnify the issue. Larger homes require more upkeep of the outdoor grounds, cleaning of rooms on the interior, seasonal upkeep of mechanical systems like heating and air, and this can be costly and time consuming.

3. Your water usage could considerably increase:

In this green era of trying to conserve the Earth’s resources, water is at the forefront of conservation efforts. Upgrading to a larger home could lead to higher water consumption in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room and outdoor home with irrigation systems for landscaping. If deciding to upgrade to a larger home, research low-flow faucets, water saving fixtures for your kitchen and bath, and using reclaimed water and other green efforts to water your landscaping.

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4. A larger home uses more electricity to operate:

In line with water conservation, energy consumption is another green initiative that the world is trying to make a conscious effort in conserving. Larger homes require more electricity to power – lighting, appliances, mechanical systems and general electronics throughout the home. Similarly to water saving fixtures, look to install energy efficient appliances, light bulbs and talk to your family about turning off lights and electronics when not in use.

5. Upgrading to a larger home could result in difficulty selling your home in the future:

While no one can foretell the future, upgrading to a larger home in areas where the housing market has been hit negatively could affect your ability to resell your home in the future. Especially in larger cities where space is at a premium – look to midsize homes that could be easier to appeal to a wider homebuyer audience. When it’s time for you to sell, ensure you don’t make one of these common home selling mistakes.

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6. Renovating your current home could be more cost effective:

Many homeowners don’t like their current home and think upgrading to a larger home could make all the difference. Depending on your reasons for wanting to move, a renovation could be an option that adds value to your current home and saves you money and heartache in the long run. If you’d like a larger kitchen or an upgraded bathroom, consider talking to a contractor to see if renovation could be a better option.

7. Larger closets could result in more time wasted:

Believe it or not, homeowners complain most often about wasted time finding clothes to wear each day and resulting in being late to work, getting the kids to school late, etc.. While larger closets may look appealing from the quantity of clothes they hold, they also can result in longer time searching for clothes, accessories, and less time getting out the door on time in the morning!

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8. Upsizing your home for your kids?

For many homeowners, the reality of needing more home space for more kids could either be true, or could be an excuse to want a larger home. While there is no arguing that more family members need a larger home, it’s also true that a smaller or midsize home that uses space creatively — such as with bunk beds, loft beds and shared organization solutions — may work just as well, and will teach your kids to share their space with others more effectively.

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9. Larger outdoor entertaining spaces are more costly to upkeep

The large sprawling lawn, patio and porches that stretch around palatial homes are beautiful to look at, but can be a monster to upkeep! Before upsizing your home for entertaining purposes, look to your current home for ideas for home improvements to your deck, patio, landscaping and other areas. For many homeowners, the cost of a landscaping professional, routine yard/garden professional, pool professional and outdoor maintenance crew could be more costly than you imagined.

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10. Living “House Poor” can be a stressful home life

While you may love the look of beautiful large homes in your favorite home design magazines and blogs, your wallet may think differently. Living “House Poor” means your home budget is just enough to pay the monthly mortgage bills, but not enough to enjoy a good quality of life other than that. Living month to month or “paycheck to paycheck” to pay your other bills can be stressful, and upsizing to a larger home could create a home life that is less than enjoyable to live in. Instead, opt for a home that you can afford comfortably and without added financial stress.

Freshome readers tell us your suggestions for knowing when upsizing a home isn’t right for your family.

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