There is no denying that most of us covet large luxurious homes. The more extravagant the home, the higher the demand. If you can afford the hefty price tag. Modern day mansions are being built bigger and greater than ever before. Elaborate floor plans and high tech upgrades drive up the cost significantly, making the choice of buying a mansion anything but the cost effective option. But if you can comfortably afford it, why not lavish in the life of luxury, like many already do. If you’re seriously considering the purchase or just wondering what it takes to make the investment and sustain it, then this article is for you. We will touch on the subject of moving into a mansion, the requirements, expectations, possible downsides, and undeniable pros of moving and living in a mansion.
Moving into a mansion
- Bigger Home, bigger expenses
It is a no brainer, mansions are expensive not only to buy, but to upkeep as well. When you plan to make the move from a more modest home to a mansion, you need to anticipate the bigger expenses that will indivertibly follow. Everything from your monthly mortgage payments to the cost of your utilities are expected to increase significantly. Don’t forget your beautiful home now comes with an elaborate landscape that requires a small fortune just to upkeep. Depending on the size of your lawn, the trees and bushes it hosts, you may be looking at upwards of several thousand dollars in annual expenses. If you outsource this service, as most do, expect those costs to double. Maintenance work and repairs will also come in proportion to the size of the property, resulting in much larger work orders and expenses. Just like any other home, as you begin to live in your mansion, with time you will need to make repairs, and they may come in a form of a big surprise. In addition to maintenance and upkeep, you should also expect to invest in a sophisticated home burglary prevention system. It should come as no surprise that mansions and large homes are targets for burglars looking to profit significantly. Usually, mansions are of well to do owners, which attracts all kinds of shady characters. Protecting yourself and your property is without a question a non-debatable expense you will have to make. Do not get yourself into a mansion, if you can’t properly sustain its safe environment.
- Time and effort
Everything increases with the purchase of a mansion, and we are not only talking about monetary obligations. As your expenses increase, so will the time and effort required to keep your mansion running efficiently. More responsibilities will require more of your time, and you can bet that your responsibilities will increase significantly as you transition to a much larger home. Oftentimes, the immense workload of running a mansion can equal up to a full time job. If you’re already employed with a full time job or just simply don’t have the physical stamina required for maintaining a large property, you will certainly have to hire help.
- On-site staff
Taking care of a mansion can be overwhelming. With countless matters to attend to on a daily basis, hiring professional help becomes a necessary luxury for most large home owners. It is sort of a package deal. Staffing a housekeeper or two, landscaper, pool boy, and perhaps a personal chef rarely comes at a bargain. In fact, for many luxury homeowners, on-site staff makes up for some of their largest monthly expenses. In some cases, mega large homes require a full live in staff for optimal sustainment.
While mansions are beautiful and spacious, they require a lot of furniture to fill all of that space. If you’re moving from a much smaller home, you won’t have nearly enough pieces, and will certainly have to expand your collection. Quality furniture and unique art work bare no limit as to how much you can spend on them. You will certainly want to make your home look as appealing on the inside as it is on the outside, therefore budgeting a furnishing expense is more of a personal preference than a general rule of thumb.