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Sell up or Stay put? Is moving house really what you want?

A change is as good as a rest, right? No, we don’t really get that either. But I suppose what it taps into is the need for a fresh start, a new project or even a move. But when it comes to considering a house move, have you taken all of your options into consideration? Budget for example. Is a move the right way to go? What will you be getting for your money? It can be really exciting getting caught up in the romanticised idea of that new dream home, but house prices are still on the rise. And the costs associated with moving to a new house can easily rack up. Not to mention the stress. How many people have already told you how moving house was one of the most stress-inducing thing they have done?

That’s why many people are choosing a different route: Home improvements.

Refreshing your furniture, giving your walls a new lick of paint, adding a bit of seating to your yard. It could be just the project you’re looking for. Or maybe you’re just looking for that extra bit of space. Buying a new home is an option of course, but what if you could add value to your current home, get that extra study/bedroom/snug you’re hoping for, without the stress and financial dint that comes with moving house? More and more people are considering home-extensions over the upheaval of a house move, and there are many reasons why:

  • Starting a family – juggling a job while preparing for a new member of your family maybe isn’t the time to add to that by considering a move on top of it all. You don’t have the time, and you could use the extra money when the little one comes along. But you need the space. Adding a room extension or a loft conversion could be the way to tick that box and save money at the same time.
  • Busy lifestyles – the pressures of managing a career and a social life can be substantial. Many people just don’t have the time to consider all the steps involved with putting their house on the market and going through the motions of finding a new place to live. So, having options for home improvements can offer that much-needed change and extra space without the hassle.
  • Planning for the future – for some, it’s all about planning for that future move. Maybe you’re not quite ready yet, but you have a budget that would allow you to add value to your property. It’s a no brainer – you get to make use of extra space or new fixtures and fittings, while putting your property in good stead for the future.

Maybe you have your heart set on that new home. Great! If you have the luxury of time, and it’s within your budget, go for it! No matter where you are on the properly ladder, whether it’s your first one-bedroom house, or you’re in your third, 3-bed – home improvements can make a house a home, and can add space and financial value to your property, at any stage. So, what will you do? Sell up, or stay put? Whatever you decide, make your house your sanctuary.