With a growing brood, you might think that you need to move house. You need an extra bedroom for the new addition to your family, the downstairs living area is getting taken over by toys, and you feel claustrophobic. The idea of moving onto pastures new in a bigger pad is looking ever more attractive.
However, you could also stay put and extend your current humble abode. Perhaps you have a garden space that you can extend into. Or maybe your loft is ripe for conversion.
Take a look at whether you should move or not by looking at these pros and cons.
If you have lived in the same pad for a little while, it might naturally be time for a change. If your home has increased in value and you have outperformed the market, it might be a financially astute decision to scale up and take the next rung up on the housing ladder.
Don’t feel like you have to choose one of the many houses on the market. You could be on the lookout for your forever family home. By going down the custom homes route, you could purchase off-plan or have an architect design and build your home for you.
This means you are active in every decision, from the size of the kitchen to the flooring color.
With a growing brood, you might relish the hard graft being taken out of your hands. Extending your current pad will mean a dusty building site for a dwelling for a few months. If you find that difficult to handle, you may need to consider moving.
If you have too many memories in your current property, don’t assume that you have to wave goodbye to them. Take a step back and think about where you lack space. Perhaps you need a larger dine-in kitchen. If you can’t extend, think about knocking down a wall to create a larger living area.
The kitchen should be the heart of your home, so create this yourself. It can be a challenge leading this large scale project, but you could reap the rewards with a home more conducive to family living, and you may increase the value of your pad.
Staying put is not the easy option, but it can be the most financially viable.
This means that you won’t have to worry about those weekends spent viewing properties, the stress of a house sale and purchase, or concerns about the kids having to move schools.
If you aren’t moving jobs and you want to stay in the same location alongside your family and friends, stay put and think about how you can add space to your home. Go up, go down, go out, or knock through to create the configuration you desire.
Sometimes, you don’t need more space, you just need to use what you already have more effectively.
Moving house can be exciting, and if you are ready to put down roots somewhere new, then go for it. However, don’t feel like you have to up sticks just because your brood is growing. Think about what is best for you and your family and put this at the centre of your decision making.