Comments on: Decision Crossroad: To Downsize, Stay, or Upsize Our Home One couple's story of escaping 9 to 5 until 65 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:22:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bryan Thu, 10 Dec 2015 23:36:58 +0000 Ok ARB, you created a debate in our household with your comment! 🙂

I absolutely agree with you regarding sales people and commission. Their mantra is to up-size, buy more and often, with complete disregard for what it costs. Commissions have a way of warping people’s good judgement. BTW – I see that everyday with my day job.

Another great point about 12 foot ceilings. I am a tall guy over 6 foot tall and don’t currently have a problem bumping my head on our standard size ceilings. I guess from that aspect it makes sense to not have 12-feet of head room. But there is one problem, we want that “open-concept” feeling we get with those tall rooms. And don’t discount the fact I might want to play some indoor basketball at some point, therefore needing a 10 foot rim and backboard. Heck we probably need 14 foot ceilings to allow for the arch of my basketball free throws. 🙂

The most important aspect of your comment is what up-sizing does to us from cost, cleaning, and having to work Just ‘yet another’ one more year perspective. The finish line is so close that it doesn’t make sense to push it out further. As I type this message, it appears we are going the downsize route.

I will definitely keep the world wide web informed of our important decision.

Thanks ARB!

By: ARB Wed, 09 Dec 2015 02:20:31 +0000 Sounds like your current home is all you need. Living in an expensive city, I can say that having a paid off 3 bed 2 bath is like living in a palace by virtue of birthright.

Don’t upsize. It might seem great because the realtors–who make a bigger commission if they sell you the bigger house–make sure the house looks great before you come in to look at the place, but it’s really not. What’s so amazing about a bigger place, anyway? Is banging your head on the ceiling a pressing enough issue that they need to be 12 feet high? Are you hosting a zombie LARPing session and you need the bigger space to ensure more undead for the human players to shoot? My guess will be no on both of those, so you really don’t need anything bigger (though if you are doing the zombie clearing-out-the-house sort of thing, I’ll fly out there right now to participate).

What are you really getting if you upsize? More grass to cut? More rooms to clean? Or, as you said, more WORK? Having to spend more time at work will never be worth having granite countertops rather than plain ones, in my opinion.

You are almost fully out of debt. Don’t dive right back in.

Oh, just so you know, the story of Goldilocks ends with the bears killing her.

ARB–Angry Retail Banker

By: Bryan Tue, 08 Dec 2015 23:40:12 +0000 We did the same thing when we moved from the SF Bay Area to Sedona. We up-sized the house but downsized the cost. Many people would say Sedona is not cheap, however it is relative to CA.

Gary, it is still a moving target for us right now as to which way we are going to go. The downsizing approach is today’s current decision. By next week at this time we have to lock up the path since our buyers will be moving into our existing home.

It will not be dull in our household the next couple weeks! 🙂

By: Gary Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:54:14 +0000 No, I’m up-sizing in square-feet but down-sizing in value by moving from SF to Northern Virginia next Spring. I currently have a 1800 sf. condo and am building a 3400 sf. SFH on 3 acres. I require that multiple family members can visit and nobody sleeps on a couch! Another requirement is room for a doggy to roam.