01 March 2021

Small house or big house?

Is it better to have a small house or a big house?

Is it better to choose a small house or a big house? It depends.

When looking for a house, one of the most important questions you have to ask yourself is: "Is it better to have a small house or a big one?".
There is no right answer for everyone, because everyone has different needs.
However, there are some aspects that it is best to keep in mind when making this decision.
1. Space limitation
It is important to think about how many people will live in the house. If you are a single person buying a house, you will certainly have different needs to a family of 4 or 5 people. If you need to work from home, you need to think about how much space you will need (maybe even an extra room). If we have animals living with us, we need to think about the right space for them (garden, balcony or... our favourite sofa cushion!).
Recent studies have shown that only certain rooms in the house tend to be used: kitchen, bedroom, bathroom. The other rooms are used significantly less. This must make you think about how important it is for us to have extra rooms. If they are not needed, why have them?
Space is often misused. You can live comfortably in a smaller space, but organised in a functional way. In this sense, furnishing and the arrangement of space are crucial.
2. Workforce limitation
More space means more work to keep the house clean and tidy. 
When we think about our future home, try to remember that the more square metres there are, the more time and effort it will take to take care of it. 
Don't forget that the garden also needs to be mowed regularly. Let's consider whether a balcony would be more comfortable for our needs. After all, flowers also bloom in a vase on the windowsill!
Filling the house with objects can be gratifying, but don't forget that these objects need to be dusted and washed. 
So, among other things, it is important to keep in mind how much time and physical strength you have at your disposal in order to make an intelligent choice.
3. Money limit
More space means more money to spend. 
When buying a house you have to consider the money you have available. The money has to cover all the costs, both the initial costs of buying the house and the costs of maintaining it.
The initial expenses include the price of the house, the costs of buying it (notary's fee, taxes, real estate agency fees, and possibly bank and accountant fees) and furnishing it, if the house is to be furnished. Do we really need that extra room that will remain empty because we cannot furnish it?
On the other hand, the running costs include heating and cooling, insurance (always recommended) and the cost of water, gas and electricity supplies.
What if your needs change?
Obviously our needs change over time. So what should you do to avoid making mistakes?
Our advice is to base it on the reality of today or the near future. 
Today, we may want a large family, but if we are still single, it is more convenient to buy a house that suits our current needs, rather than buying a huge house that - perhaps - will not meet with the approval of the person with whom we may one day live.
If we are 30 years old, we can easily afford a multi-level house or a flat on the third floor. The stairs will not be a problem - they will help us to keep fit in our old age. When we get older, if we are a little bit ailing, we will think about a more suitable house.
Spending money on houses we don't (yet) need is an unnecessary waste. When our needs change, we will have plenty of time to sell our house and buy a new one, more suitable for the people we will have become.
To see some big houses: https://www.immobiliarepiccinelli.it/index.php?l=en&idn=52&cnt=1&zona_txt=&typ%5B%5D=8&typ%5B%5D=21&typ%5B%5D=32&typ%5B%5D=28&typ%5B%5D=5&typ%5B%5D=3&typ%5B%5D=15&typ%5B%5D=29&prc_da=&prc_a=&srf%5B%5D=%3E100%3B%3C200&srf%5B%5D=%3E200%3B%3C300&srf%5B%5D=%3E300%3B%3C400&srf%5B%5D=%3E400&send=send

To see some small houses: https://www.immobiliarepiccinelli.it/index.php?l=en&idn=52&cnt=1&zona_txt=&typ%5B%5D=8&typ%5B%5D=21&typ%5B%5D=32&typ%5B%5D=28&typ%5B%5D=5&typ%5B%5D=3&typ%5B%5D=15&typ%5B%5D=29&prc_da=&prc_a=&srf%5B%5D=%3C50&srf%5B%5D=%3E50%3B%3C100&send=send

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