Improve or Move: Which Decision is Right for Your Family?

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There are many reasons to upgrade to a new home and many reasons to stay. The key is to figure out why you want to move and whether there are benefits to staying put. Often it makes more sense from a financial perspective to improve what you already have. By updating and adding new features, such as double glazing Plymouth, you will add value and make your home more attractive to live in. However, life is rarely that simple, so here are a few points to consider before you make any life changing decisions.

How Much Space Do You Need?

A lack of bedroom space is one of the main reasons why families opt to move to a larger home. Anyone who spent their formative years sharing a bedroom with an older or younger sibling will know all too well that the arrangement has its ups and downs. Some siblings get along famously, but others fight like cat and dog from the minute they wake up until the second they fall asleep. As they get older, kids also need more space to study in peace without a younger sibling making noise. It is also problematic if you have a boy and a girl sharing a bedroom.

Whilst moving to a larger home is often the answer, it may be possible to extend your current home in order to create an extra bedroom. Loft conversions are not too expensive if you have the right roof construction; it will also add value to your home. Alternatively, you could convert a downstairs dining room or study into a bedroom for a teenager, but remember that you will lose some living space as a result.

Capital Gains

Moving home is expensive, so don’t bother unless your current home no longer meets your requirements on a number of levels. Improving what you can will help you to add value to the property. It also makes it easier to sell when you do decide to move in in a few years.

There are lots of ways to add value and make your home a nice place to be. The addition of double glazing will make your home more energy efficient, which in turn will cut your bills. A new kitchen and bathroom is better for family life, and adding a sun room or conservatory will give you extra living space.

The Benefits of Moving Home

Sometimes, no matter how much you improve what you have a property just can’t meet your needs any longer. Perhaps you want a larger garden, or you need a granny annexe for an elderly relative or teenager. In both cases extending and improving an existing property might not work and the only course of action is to look for a more suitable home.

If you can’t make a decision, write down the pros and cons before sitting down with the family to talk things through. The only right decision is the one that everyone is in agreement with. Otherwise you will have a mutiny on your hands.