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Should You Downsize Your Seattle Rental Home?

Questions Marks Hovering Above a Wooden Block in the Shape of a HouseAs a renter, it is important that your Seattle rental home is a good fit for your needs and lifestyle. If your circumstances have changed recently, you might be contemplating downsizing to a smaller rental house. Extra bedrooms and lots of space may be the right choice for some, but more space also means more work to keep it clean and properly maintained. As one popular saying puts it, “More isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just more.” Before deciding to downsize your rental, you should consider the following items.

Finances

In most places, larger rental homes cost more. These are also typically more expensive to maintain and usually have higher utility bills. This is why many people start thinking about downsizing– to save money. If your financial situation has changed, it may be best to downsize your rental home. While you may afford a large rental, there might be other things you could spend that extra money on, like a new hobby, travel, or investing.

Personal Belongings

As you are thinking of downsizing, consider how many personal belongings you have and what are your plans for them. If you have a lot of furniture, heirlooms, collectibles, or other items, these may not fit in a smaller rental. You can always keep them in a storage unit if you can spare enough for the monthly rental fees. Consider whether or not the storage unit is climate controlled because heat, cold, and dust can all wreak havoc on your prized possessions. If possible, try downsizing your belongings first before you move to a smaller rental home.

Accessibility

Being able to move comfortably within your rental home is an important aspect of finding the right fit. If the rental you are currently living in has stairs or other features that make easy access a challenge, it might be time to think about downsizing to a single-story rental home. Smaller homes often mean spending less time on household tasks as well. Since they are easier to clean and maintain, you can spend more time on other activities.

Amenities

If you want to be in closer proximity to cultural centers, local nightlife, or other amenities, you must also want to think about downsizing. If you want rental homes near top-notch amenities that are typically more expensive, you may need to downsize so you can find something affordable that offers the convenience of being near the places and events you love.

Plans for the Future

You might be thinking of downsizing because your life– and priorities– have changed. Having grown kids, or entering retirement age, may have gotten you thinking about how you can spend your new free time somewhere other than home. You feel that downsizing to a smaller rental will free you even more to do all those things you have been wanting to do for so long.

Ultimately, the only person who can decide if it is the right time to downsize your rental is you. But if you’re ready, go ahead and give Real Property Management Eclipse a call. We have rental homes designed to support a wide range of life stages and lifestyles. We’d love to help you find the rental home that is perfect for you! You can view our listings online.

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