Are there pros to living in a small home?

Is Bigger Really Better?

A new home represents the largest investment for many people in their lives. Western New Yorkers are conservative in nature and many times they stay in the home longer than the national average of 3-5 years. Last year I was involved with more than one sale that the people had been in the home over 30 years. It is understandable that some buyers may want to purchase a home that they can “grow” into.

Today the price of housing is placing stress on many budgets. Home buyers are finding it increasingly difficult to purchase a home. Today’s home buyer is being confronted with high mortgage interest rates, mushrooming energy costs, increasing property taxes, and rising maintenance and repair costs.

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Often when showing homes to a prospective home buyer they give me a laundry list that includes lots of square footage, 4+ bedrooms, 3+ garages on big lots with lots of space. Many home buyers are looking to distressed sales hoping to take advantage of someone else’s misfortune.

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Finding a home to be happy in

This is not always what will make them happy. At times it is important to share some options to buyers that are not finding what it is that they are going to be happy in. Instead of increasing price range it might be beneficial to look at the criteria of a home. One of those options is looking at smaller Western New York homes.

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Are there benefits to purchasing a smaller home?

Larger homes come with large bills and lots of space to maintain and keep clean. Large lots mean lots of time spent cutting the grass in the summer and driveways to shovel in the winter. A smaller home will take less resources to run, easier to maintain and will give you more time to enjoy your life as you adjust to home ownership. Benefits of purchasing a small home include:

Less initial cost

Smaller houses come with smaller price tags as well as less money that in necessary to get into that home. This will give you the ability to save money for your next home while building equity in your current home. Added benefit to purchasing a small home might just mean that you are not house poor. Utility and tax bills will be less as well. All this will put less stress on your budget and overall finances.

Less maintenance

Reality is the more house you have the more you have to maintain and those expenses can be larger in a big home. Having a small home if you are single is a lot easier to maintain. Smaller homes are usually on smaller lots, which means that there is less to do outside. If you like taking advantage of the great outdoor activities year round here in Western New York, you are not going to want to have a huge hose to take care of.

Bigger is not always better

When you have less space you can’t have a lot of clutter and you are forced to purge yourself of all that is unnecessary.

Bottom line, a modest home might be the right choice for your long-term financial future, giving you freedom to enjoy your life without being stressed out by the expense of a larger home.

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For more information call Colleen Kulikowski

(716) 650-0051


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About Colleen Kulikowski, Associate Real Estate Broker (716) 650-0051

Colleen Kulikowski is an Associate Real Estate Broker with J. Philip Real Estate specializing in Western New York residential homes who doesn’t follow trends; she blazes new trails and is able to recognize industry trends and implement them to her client’s best interest. Colleen has created a unique following with one of the top local internet positions in the country generating thousands of leads for her team. Real Estate is a second career for Kulikowski who’s first career was in Information Technology and Data Warehousing working for such companies as Radio City Music Hall, Nabisco Foods and as a consultant in the Financial and Insurance industries. A strong background in technology and management provides her with keen analytical and sharp negotiating skills.


  • Grace

    June 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Guess bigger isn’t always better!

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