Have you outgrown your home, or do you feel like it no longer works for you? If you’re at a crossroads, and you don’t know whether to update or relocate, this guide should come in handy.
The pros and cons of relocating
Moving house is up there with the most stressful tasks you can take on, but it does offer benefits, especially if you don’t love your home or the area where you live. Relocating creates opportunities and it may enable you to buy a house that you fall head over heels for. There may also be an option to move closer to family or friends or to explore new jobs or alter your lifestyle.
If you choose to move, you can consider different locations and you might be able to get more for your money or change your lifestyle, for example, spending more time outdoors, living the high life in the city or considering cross country moving to be closer to the coast. Try not to dwell on the process of getting ready to move or transporting your possessions from A to B when weighing up the pros and cons. Focus on what could happen after the move. There are several ways to make moving easier and less stressful and you don’t want to sacrifice a brilliant opportunity for the sake of a few weeks of packing and unpacking.
Updating your home
Moving house is an exciting prospect, but it can also be upsetting if you still love your home or the neighborhood and you’re only considering relocating because you’ve run out of space. The good news is that there are solutions. If your family has grown, or you’ve started working from home or set up a business, and you’re short on space, moving might not be the only option.
To maximize space and create more rooms, it may be possible to extend your home or to utilize spaces that are currently redundant, for example, attics and basements. Conversion projects and home extensions will enhance the value of your home while giving you the extra living space you need. If you don’t have room to expand at the rear or the side, you could think about changing the layout of the ground floor to make the most of the square footage. If you long for a family kitchen with an area for entertaining, for example, you could knock through into a laundry or dining room to create a much larger, open, more functional and versatile space.
There may also be an option to free up space indoors by adding a new room outdoors. Garden rooms have become extremely popular as a result of more people working from home. You could also explore possibilities such as conservatories and orangeries and log cabins and summer houses.
Many homeowners reach a point in their lives when they need to decide whether to relocate or update their existing home. If you’re at a crossroads, it’s wise to weigh up the pros and cons and think carefully about which option would suit your family best.