6 Signs it Might Be Time to Downsize Your Dahlonega Home

Remember Newton’s law of inertia from high school science class? You know:  an object at rest stays at rest until acted upon by an unbalanced force. In other words, you’re probably not going get up and do something until you’re forced to. Like sell your Dahlonega home—even if it’s not a good fit anymore.

Maybe your Dahlonega home used to be the right size, but now it’s way more home than you need. It’s human nature to stay there because, well, you’re already there. The idea of moving can be so daunting you might not even recognize it’s time to get going.

Here are 6 signs it might be time to sell your Dahlonega home and downsize:

  1. You can’t do things you want to do because your mortgage payment and bills are too high. Just because the bank said you could afford a certain mortgage payment doesn’t mean you have to live that high. Living in smaller digs could net you a smaller mortgage payment, lower property tax and reduced utility bills. That could mean extra money toward travel, leisure activities, starting a new business, paying down other debt or retirement.
  2. The maintenance and chores are getting to be too much. The grass is always greener on the other side…and you spend every weekend trying to improve your lawn to match the neighbors’. Then there’s the constant cry for attention from all that square footage of the house: gutters, windows, paint, pressure washing, repairing this and replacing that. And that doesn’t even include the cleaning…all those bathrooms!
  3. You use a lot of the space you have to store stuff. Bedrooms that used to accommodate family and guests now look like mini-storage units. And the “extra” storage capacity of the unused spaces just invites you to acquire more stuff. If you keep all of your holiday decorations in an unused bathroom year-round, your issues probably go beyond the size of your house! Consider paring down your house, your things and maybe even your whole lifestyle.
  4. You can go for days and not cross paths with your loved ones. OK, so you won’t really get lost in a great big house, unless, of course, it’s a castle, but lots of extra space can put emotional distance between people. Downsizing your Dahlonega home for closer quarters could encourage your family to communicate better and spend more time together at home.
  5. You’re planning a move and you don’t want to lug all that stuff to your new life. Listen to your inner voice on this. Downsizing your home means you’ll have a much easier move into your new place, with a clean slate and far less baggage, so to speak.
  6. You’re not getting any younger. Yep, like it or not, when you’re getting on in age, this is a pretty obvious sign it may be time to sell your Dahlonega home and downsize. Think about it this way: Scaling back on your living space and your possessions will never be easy. But it also will never get easier than it would be right now. You don’t want to wait until you lack the energy, strength and stamina to break out of the inertia. And surely you don’t want to wait so long that your loved ones have to do it all for you. Or do you?

Sue Jones

Looking to buy or sell a home in the Dahlonega area? Sue Jones, a native and resident of the North GA area, is a specialized realtor that can help you navigate the local real estate market. Contact her for your local residential or commercial real estate needs.

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