With the era of the McMansion in full swing, it might seem that when it comes to dream homes, bigger really is better. But is living large all that it's cracked up to be? Well, as the video above proves, between the never-ending upkeep and limited resell value, massive homes often quickly become more trouble than they are (literally and figuratively) worth.
In other words, if we're keeping score, here's five points in favor of the tiny house movement:
1. Big homes come with big price tags.
Between all that square footage and the significant property acreage, large homes tend to be anything but cheap. And any form of customization or additional amenities just ups that cost and potentially delays the move in, especially if you're building from the ground up.
2. The bigger you go, the harder it is to sell.
Unfortunately for you, not everyone wants to live large. When you purchase a larger home, you should be aware that the pool of potential homebuyers is limited. The pool gets even smaller when you consider that not everyone is looking for, say, a theater or car garage that's bigger than most apartments.
3. The upkeep never ends...
If you think a small apartment gets dusty after just a week, imagine how dusty a space 10 times that size will get after just a week. From property care to basic household chores, a larger home isn't an easy home. You either need to hire help or be ready to tackle it yourself all. the. time.
4. Especially if there are amenities that need taking care of.
Buying a house of this size isn't just a one-and-done task, especially when it comes with, say, a pool or a vineyard. Consider it a longterm, ongoing investment that needs specialized and constant care.
5. And more square footage doesn't mean more privacy.
If you do opt to enlist the help of home managers, housekeepers, security guards and the like, you might find yourself with more company than you expected.