We’ve all done it. You are driving down the road and suddenly you find yourself passing big houses. We ooh and ahh, saying how much we’d love to live in one of them. Perhaps we even slow down to admire the landscaping and the décor that the big houses have. We admire the fact that the lawns are perfectly maintained. We cannot help but wonder what careers the residents have that allow them to live in such luxurious and big houses. Admit it, we’ve all pondered this.

What we don’t always realize is the big houses don’t just mean big mortgages. They also mean bigger bills. Having a big house means that you have more space to heat and cool. Utility bills could be incredibly higher than a normal sized house. Taking care of those big lawns and maintaining perfection can be quite costly as well. Most times, to get that look of perfection, it is necessary to hire landscapers to create and maintain its appearance. Residents of big houses are probably using more water as well; in the numerous bathrooms and watering their perfect lawns. Most likely, if they own pools, that is adding to the using more water as well.

In this Sept. 3, 2019, photo a sign rests in front of a newly constructed home, in Westwood, Mass. America’s new homes are much larger than they used to be. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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And the absolute worst part about living in big houses is that there is much more to clean. Granted, most people who live in big houses likely can afford to hire people to do the cleaning for them. That’s one more expense. But, if you don’t want to hire a cleaning service, you are stuck with extra rooms and more space that needs to be cleaned.

More and more these days, big houses are being built from scratch and for the amount of money people are paying for them, they are on incredibly small lots. Suddenly, there’s this beautiful big house without very much of a yard. Since there aren’t large yards, these big houses tend to be built practically on top of each other. You’d think that if you were going to spend the amount of money that those big houses are costing, you’d want more privacy and a larger property. But, people are buying the big houses with tiny lots. There are lots of advantages and disadvantages to having small yards and incredibly close neighbors though – it comes down to being a personal preference.

One thing that many residents do find is that big houses are often built quickly. The quickness of the building may mean that for the amount of money that you are spending, you may not be getting quality. Sometimes, it is the older homes that are built more secure and stable. Homeowners may find that they have more problems when moving into these brand new big houses.

So, the next time you’re driving through a ritzy neighborhood, drooling, think about all of the disadvantages to having a large home. When you get home to your smaller house, maybe you’ll feel a bit more contented.