Bigger Is Not Better

I’m see an alarming trend amongst some of my friends lately. They are up sizing. And I don’t mean at the drive-thru window. They are buying bigger houses.

Bigger is not always better if you are saddles with large debt, an empty house and no money to do anything. Downsizing your home came bring you back to life.

I get that they are probably at their highest earning level of their working careers.

I get that their children have left home and they now have more disposable income.

I get that they couldn’t have anything nice when the kids were small because they broke, scratched and dented everything.

I get that they were cash strapped and focused on the needs of the children early on and now it’s their time to get what they want.

I’m not even going to try to change their minds on how ridiculous I think it is to take on a huge new mortgage in their fifties. Especially in this economy.

If they want to put off retirement till they are at least 65, in return for a bigger house now, go for it.

If you are thinking about up sizing your house, let me put it in mathematical terms you may understand.

Bigger home=more room=your children move back in
+their spouses
+their kids
+their pets
+their stuff
=you should have downsized instead

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4 thoughts on “Bigger Is Not Better

  1. a relative of mine downsized from a 3 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom apartment, in the hope that her daughter would be uncomfortable enough to move out. It didn’t work. Daughter took the single bedroom and mom hit the couch. She’s trying it again, though, this time moving 2 towns away, to a place where daughter claims she can’t live. We’ll see. Your math is right on and I’ve seen a lot of folks’ ‘extra space’ fill up with kids and the stuff those kids drag around all their lives but never have room for. And that’s when mom and dad aren’t paying the storage fees for them at a public storage facility. What a bunch of nonsense! I’ve actually known people who admit that the storage fees have added up over the years to several times what the ‘stuff’ is worth, but their kids don’t want to let go of it. Whether it’s a grown child moving into the spare room, or filling up the garage and basement and guest room with their stuff ‘temporarily’, there are folks who just need to learn the word ‘No!’

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  2. I understanding maybe getting nicer stuff such as furniture or a car however I agree with you mathematics. I know for myself I would be happy with what I have and use that money to go visit grandchildren or even take them on a vacation to give the parents a break. On a side note I do have to admit the thought of grandchildren is a far off thought because, I haven’t had children yet but I do have two in the oven at the moment. Yes, that means I am expecting twins.

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