Buying a smaller property/house is better?

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I'd always wanted a landed-house with a decent size lawn, but recently I came to realise that maintenance of a medium size house can be tedious and expansive. If I had a smaller property, perhaps it'd be easier to maintain and cheaper as well.

I'm unsure though; anyone has the same view?
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It depends on where you're buying. A 2 bedroom flat in London is more expensive than a 4 bedroom house in say South Yorkshire for example. I'd always said I'd rather buy a big house in a not so decent area than a small house for the same price in a decent area but now I'd rather buy a small house in a decent area than a bigger one in a less decent area. But yes it is easier to maintain but the price depends on where you are buying.


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It depends on where you're buying. A 2 bedroom flat in London is more expensive than a 4 bedroom house in say South Yorkshire for example. I'd always said I'd rather buy a big house in a not so decent area than a small house for the same price in a decent area but now I'd rather buy a small house in a decent area than a bigger one in a less decent area. But yes it is easier to maintain but the price depends on where you are buying.


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Well, it doesn't matter for this case I think since the maintenance, cost and effort to the maintain the house would still need to be considered. At the moment I find maintaining a small room is hard enough, what's more a house with a small backyard!
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Not really sure why people need so much room, a kitchen with a table, a living room with a rug, bookcase and fireplace, and a bedroom will do me all good.
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Well, it doesn't matter for this case I think since the maintenance, cost and effort to the maintain the house would still need to be considered. At the moment I find maintaining a small room is hard enough, what's more a house with a small backyard!
Yeh I agree. Atm I live in a 3 bedroom house and I find it difficult to maintain. A one bedroom flat would be so much easier to clean and cheaper aswell but I suppose having more space does have its own advantages.


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Yeh I agree. Atm I live in a 3 bedroom house and I find it difficult to maintain. A one bedroom flat would be so much easier to clean and cheaper aswell but I suppose having more space does have its own advantages.


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I used to think the larger the space the better; now I'm not even sure why I did.

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Not really sure why people need so much room, a kitchen with a table, a living room with a rug, bookcase and fireplace, and a bedroom will do me all good.
A kitchen with a table, a small living room (for visitors perhaps) with a fireplace or a heater and a bedroom with a bathroom would be just nice I think as well.
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I used to think the larger the space the better; now I'm not even sure why I did.
Yeh to me the area is more important than the space though. Also it depends if you're thinking of living by yourself or having a family.


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Yeh to me the area is more important than the space though. Also it depends if you're thinking of living by yourself or having a family.


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Even with a family, I'd think I'd prefer a smaller place really : /

I may change my mind if I had one one day!
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Even with a family, I'd think I'd prefer a smaller place really : /

I may change my mind if I had one one day!
Yeh you might do haha


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Depends on who you're living with I guess. If I were on my own I'd be fine with a small house. However I have a large family, and even our 3 bedroomed semi is too small. I have to cram my three boys into one room :

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(yes I know the bottom bunk needs a mattress, the toddler is still in his cot in our room for now. He'll be moving in with his 2 older brothers in July).

Could definitely use more space.
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Depends on who you're living with I guess. If I were on my own I'd be fine with a small house. However I have a large family, and even our 3 bedroomed semi is too small. I have to cram my three boys into one room :

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(yes I know the bottom bunk needs a mattress, the toddler is still in his cot in our room for now. He'll be moving in with his 2 older brothers in July).

Could definitely use more space.
Is it hard to maintain the house, Pink? I mean, I'm sure you have days where you'd say, "pah! I can't do this cleaning/maintaining nonsense any more!"
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Is it hard to maintain the house, Pink? I mean, I'm sure you have days where you'd say, "pah! I can't do this cleaning/maintaining nonsense any more!"
It's the bane of my existence to be honest, but that's because everyone else makes the mess and I spend my life tidying up other peoples' messes.

If I were living alone it would be MUCH easier. (But then again I wouldn't have my family, so I guess it's worth it).
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(Original post by kka25)
I'd always wanted a landed-house with a decent size lawn, but recently I came to realise that maintenance of a medium size house can be tedious and expansive. If I had a smaller property, perhaps it'd be easier to maintain and cheaper as well.

I'm unsure though; anyone has the same view?
I've always seen the home should always be based upon location. Not too keen on long commutes or being too far away from anything and I certainly am not one to take part in a long school run.

Good locations in UK will always carry a premium but since in UK just about anything and everything tends to be a postcode lottery it might just be a good idea to live somewhere with a good location. Surprisingly it affects quite a lot, community services, healthcare services, quality of food you can buy and most certainly schools. Also the postcode you live in will determine the price of your car insurance as well. Therefore it might just pay to live somewhere better even if it is in a smaller house.

Smaller homes do tend to cost less to run though if it is in a posh location do expect that if any maintenance work needs to be done that the price will be more. If you are buying a home in a fairly posh area often the fixtures would have been off a higher quality too so while it won't breakdown do expect that if it does that it will cost more to fix.
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(Original post by PinkMobilePhone)
Depends on who you're living with I guess. If I were on my own I'd be fine with a small house. However I have a large family, and even our 3 bedroomed semi is too small. I have to cram my three boys into one room :

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(yes I know the bottom bunk needs a mattress, the toddler is still in his cot in our room for now. He'll be moving in with his 2 older brothers in July).

Could definitely use more space.
Pink, are those plastic containers expansive? I bought some plastic containers as well and they are expansive! I bought them to replace the cardboard boxes that I normally used to store things.

I think that's when I started to think of having a small house is probably the better option lol.
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I've always seen the home should always be based upon location. Not too keen on long commutes or being too far away from anything and I certainly am not one to take part in a long school run.

Good locations in UK will always carry a premium but since in UK just about anything and everything tends to be a postcode lottery it might just be a good idea to live somewhere with a good location. Surprisingly it affects quite a lot, community services, healthcare services, quality of food you can buy and most certainly schools. Also the postcode you live in will determine the price of your car insurance as well. Therefore it might just pay to live somewhere better even if it is in a smaller house.

Smaller homes do tend to cost less to run though if it is in a posh location do expect that if any maintenance work needs to be done that the price will be more. If you are buying a home in a fairly posh area often the fixtures would have been off a higher quality too so while it won't breakdown do expect that if it does that it will cost more to fix.
Location is very important; I'd rather stay in a place where I don't have to have a long commute really.
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I am swaying towards smaller property at the moment, nightmare looking after a big property. We live in an 7 bed at the moment and something always needs to be done!!

In the future will be a smaller house in a nicer location but will still need spare bedrooms
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For yourself yeah. Got a family, you're better off being 'comfortable' than 'affordable'. Both a subjective so it depends
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Not really sure why people need so much room, a kitchen with a table, a living room with a rug, bookcase and fireplace, and a bedroom will do me all good.
And a bathroom

And OP: If you're living alone, then yeah, i agree. some people just like the space i guess for all their stuff and don't mind cleaning it
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I am swaying towards smaller property at the moment, nightmare looking after a big property. We live in an 7 bed at the moment and something always needs to be done!!

In the future will be a smaller house in a nicer location but will still need spare bedrooms
This is what I'm trying to avoid really; it's just too costly IMO.

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For yourself yeah. Got a family, you're better off being 'comfortable' than 'affordable'. Both a subjective so it depends
Perhaps I may change my mind once I have one :moon:
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And a bathroom

And OP: If you're living alone, then yeah, i agree. some people just like the space i guess for all their stuff and don't mind cleaning it
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