THE UPS TO DOWNSIZING
It can be difficult to adjust to a smaller home. But, if it’s any consolation, most South Africans who have bought new properties are living in much smaller homes than the ones they grew up in. According to data from FNB, the average size of a full title stand in 2017 measured just 552 square metres. That is almost half the average size of homes built in the early-70s (1,063 square metres).
Still not feeling any better about it? Then read on for a few more perks to living in smaller spaces:
Starting with something that will probably resonate best with most people, living in a smaller space is more cost effective. Not only will it afford you a higher quality of life in a better/safer area (perhaps even closer to work, saving you on fuel costs too) if you’re willing to downsize, but it will also save you on monthly rates accounts and maintenance costs. Larger homes have either more or larger rooms that simply use up more water and electricity than smaller homes do and cost more to upkeep and maintain.
Less Cleaning & Clutter
Smaller homes also mean fewer spaces to clean – and to store unnecessary items in. The larger the home, the more useless items we tend to collect. In a smaller home, every square metre is essential. This also means that every room is highly functional, which lessens the chances of having unused rooms in the home. Gone are the days of the ‘formal lounge’ that was only to be used when somebody important came to visit.
More Bonding Time
In today’s fast-paced life, connecting as a family is tricky enough without having to find each other in one of the various rooms spread across the house. Smaller homes force more interaction. You can’t avoid a person for too long when there are only three rooms in the home. This minimises the chance for families to live past one another, as so often happens when living in large homes with many rooms to pop into.