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This article brought to you courtesy of Veta The Realtor News-Times Insider Realty Expert.

Veta Holscher

The average new home is over 2,600 square feet, the average home size in 1950 was 1,000 square feet or less—and families were bigger back then.

Moving into a smaller home may feel like a step down, but there are upsides: saving money, saving time and having less clutter in your life.

Think Long-Term: Do you need extra space for that freelance business you're planning? Were you left you with extra room after the kids went to college? Is losing that extra space more of a headache than it's worth?

Keep It Functional: You can still benefit from cleaning out the clutter from those closets. Sell what you don't need or donate it to a local charity and get the tax benefit. Less to clean and more money in your pocket.

Consider Hidden Costs: Does your home need repairs to get it market-ready? Will your old furniture and appliances fit into the smaller place, or do you need more space-efficient pieces? There is the cost of moving, property taxes, storage, or higher HOA fees. A smaller space may save money —or it may be less to stay where you are.

Focus on the Big Picture: Most families have room to downsize without cramping their style. Your family may have to gather around one TV, but is time with the ones you love really all that bad?

Ask Veta the Realtor to help you determine your home's worth and options for cutting costs. She will get top dollar for your current home and negotiate the best deal on a new one.

Veta The Realtor

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