Each year, many homeowners decide to sell their home and downsize down to a smaller one. For some, their children are no longer living at home and they don't need all the space and some decide the responibility of a large home is too much. Recently, many homeowners are deciding to trade down to a smaller home with a more manageable mortgage. Whatever your reason for looking for a smaller home, below are some advantages and disadvantages for you to consider.

Advantages

•Increased Cash Flow. In a sluggish economy, a better cash flow is something everyone would like. It makes sense, if you're spending less on your mortgage payment, you are likely to have money leftover every month to allocate for other needs. .

•Lower Utility Bills. It costs a lot less to heat and cool a smaller space. Not only will this help save money but reducing energy is better for the environment and helps to keep your home green.

•More free time. A smaller home means less to clean, less responsibility, and less stress. A large home can be alot of maintenance bot inside and out. With a smaller house, there is more free time.

Disadvantages

•Less Space. Moving to a smaller home would probably result in selling, giving away or throwing out furniture, books, and other non essential items. If parting with personal items that you don't have the space for is not for you, you will need to consider some options for storage.

•Less room for guests and entertaining. Less space means it will be more difficult to host parties and have overnight guests.

•Lifestyle Changes. Trading down means changing a lifestyle, and for some homeowners may not like the changes from a large prestigious home to a smaller simpler one.

The decision to move into a smaller home can be a difficult one but it doesn't always mean that you have to move into a home that has less amenities. Some people find that although the space is less, they have the money to upgrade appliances, add spas and other luxury items.