Moving, and upsizing especially, can be an equally exciting and daunting prospect. There is the logistics of selling up and moving for one, but also trying to decide whether now is the right time to move to a larger home both personally and financially. If you can identify with any of the points below, it might be time to take the leap to somewhere with more space, opportunity to grow and really make your own.
An additional bedroom
One bedroom flats and homes can suit singletons fine, but can start to feel claustrophobic even for a couple to share. An extra bedroom can create a flexible space in the home, whether it hosts a bed or sofa bed for visitors, creates a home office space, an additional clothes storage/dressing room or some exercise equipment. Most of us could use an extra room for storage alone – just keep it tidy or you will inevitably avoid going in there and making use of the additional space you wanted! If you hope to have family in the future, an extra bedroom can also slot into these plans nicely.
More space for family
You may have multiple bedrooms in your family home but still feel like you’re busting at the seams. Extra storage can help stress levels by making it easier to keep a busy home tidy, whilst a large dining kitchen can become a real hub where you spend most of your time together, creating lasting family memories. Additional garden space can keep the kids entertained as well as offering up land to plan that extension or conversion project you’ve always dreamed of. You might not necessarily go for much more in square footage, but somewhere that offers more flexibility and the opportunity to adapt in the future can be beneficial as your family grows too.
Room to accommodate visitors
If you have to offer up your bedroom whilst pulling out the living room sofa bed every time the in-laws or friends visit, you may feel your existing home is just too cramped to accommodate too much hosting. A larger home, with an extra bedroom or two and more spacious living/kitchen areas can make all the difference when it comes to being able to comfortably have friends and loved ones to stay over, as well as making entertaining more feasible too – think dinner parties in the dining kitchen or summer BBQs in the garden.
Room for potential
Perhaps it’s just time to swap the city for the suburbs where you can often afford more house for your money. City living in shared spaces such as tenements or newer build flats can come with restrictions to do with how much you can change or develop, and you may also be looking to swap shared hallways and backcourts for private driveways and back gardens. Upsizing can offer up your dream ‘forever home’, a brand new project and fresh canvas with the flexibility to truly make your own.