• Kim McLaughlin

When is too much more than enough?


Most of us enjoy having much of what we want and need; sometimes that may translate into way too much. If you’re selling your home or purchasing a home, ask yourself, “What am I really wanting to achieve?” Have you fallen for a wishlist of features from browsing online? Are the features you’re looking for in your home a series of “sound bites” from a vocabulary full of SEO (search engine optimization) terms? Hitting the pause button and assessing what you really need may help you in keeping within your budget and help control your purchasing.

I believe it's human nature to want the best, but what does your best really look like? Maybe you don’t like the new bronze or black stainless look, quartz counters, massive Master bedroom wings, bike garages, outdoor grilling station the size of a commercial kitchen. Is it practical to have a dog washing station? Do you even have a dog?

In this time of endless possibilities, home improvement shows and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing episodes we may be setting our heads spinning or our pocketbooks reeling from over-consumption of endless “must haves” we may never use.



Sometime less is more! A quiet, well-built home with simple features allows us to breathe easy with less upkeep, fewer dollars spent and a broader buying pool than you might otherwise think. Hitting the pause button and assessing what you really need may help you in keeping within your budget and help control your purchasing.


When looking for a home, assess what space you really need, and how you enjoy and use spaces in your present living situation. Is it fair to say you may only live in 900 square feet in your 2600 square foot residence? How often do you really sit at a meal in your formal dining room? Is a three-stall garage mandatory? You have one car! Is a four-burner stove sufficient, or do you really need six or eight burners?


We can all tighten our belts and be responsible to our environment by keeping it simple and appreciating the necessary things.


We may think something doesn’t have value if it doesn’t meet today’s newest gadgetry. Remember that “must have” bidet…how’s that working for you?


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