Many of us come to a crossroads where we have to make a decision between staying put and moving house. If your family is expanding, you’ve started working from home, or you’ve been in the same house for a long time, you might be thinking of relocating. While there are benefits of moving to pastures new, it’s not always the only option. If you’re stuck, and you don’t know which path to take, hopefully, this guide will point you in the right direction.
There is so much you can do to properties in this day and age. If you’ve ever watched TV makeover shows or flicked through glossy interior magazines, you will probably have seen some truly stunning transformations. Renovation work enables you to increase living space, make the most of every usable inch and spruce up rooms to make them look incredible while also increasing functionality and versatility. The options open to you will depend on the location and plot, your budget and your floor plan.
Popular home renovations include adding an extension, converting basements and lofts, knocking through to create open plan reception rooms and making cosmetic changes. Extending increases the amount of living space and it enables you to add rooms, for example, a study or a playroom on the ground floor or an extra bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. You can also increase the size of existing spaces. Open plan kitchen-diners are a sought-after feature of modern family homes. Converting attics and basements is an excellent idea if you’re keen to stay put, but you’ve run out of room. Loft rooms are ideal for offices, studios and bedrooms, while basements make fantastic lounge areas, games rooms, home gyms, workspaces and kitchens. If you have enough room, but the decor is dated or not to your taste anymore, revamping the interiors is a brilliant way to freshen up the aesthetic of your home and embrace new trends. Painting, tiling, laying new flooring and plastering can all be time-consuming, so why do people redecorate their homes? In most cases, we choose to spruce up our interiors to modernise and personalise spaces, but redecorating can also add value if you’re thinking about selling. Changing colours and flooring and furniture can also create lighter, brighter rooms.
If you don’t absolutely love your home, or your options are limited when it comes to improving the property, you may be tempted to move. Moving house can be stressful, but it’s also an adventure. You can put your own stamp on a new house, you can explore different areas and meet new people, and you might also find that relocating has a positive impact on your lifestyle and wellbeing. Many people move to save time on commuting or to find good schools for their children, and there’s also the benefit of finding a house that caters to the needs of your family.
If you’re thinking of moving, it’s always wise to start a search with a budget in mind and to write a list of priorities. Browse listings online, set up viewings and be open to looking at different areas if you don’t have your heart set on a specific town, village or street.
Many of us reach a point in our lives when we have to decide whether to relocate or renovate. If you’re at a crossroads, weigh up the pros and cons, take your time to make a decision and explore all the ideas and options on the table.