If you want to live in a bigger home then you might feel that you need loads of money to spend. This is because we normally associate larger homes with being extremely costly to buy. There is no doubt that they will cost more to heat and maintain just because they are bigger (assuming they have similar insulation to a smaller equivalent) but there are ways of getting a bigger home without having to pay a fortune.
If you declutter your home then it can seem a lot bigger without you having to move. Look around and see whether your furniture is too big for the rooms and if you got smaller whether it would make you feel like you are somewhere roomier without having to move. Also decluttering smaller things can help as well. We often have things lying around which make the room look smaller but even lots of pictures on the wall, lots of cushions, knickknacks or lots of pieces of furniture can make a room feel small and cluttered. So, if it is room size that is a problem then this solution can help you.
Use space effectively
It is wise to make sure that you are using the space in your home well. Sometimes we ca have our rooms laid out in such a way that we hardly use some space that we have. It might be that rooms are laid out poorly so they are not accessible or the furniture is not put in a useful way. Think about the rooms in your home and which you use a lot and which you hardly use. Think about whether there is a way that you can better utilise the space so that you get use out of every bit of your home. If you are not using all of the space well, then this could indicate that you do not need a larger home as you will not use all of the space that you have.
Convert loft or garage
It can be more cost effective to convert a room you have already into a more usable space than to move house. If you have a loft, garage, basement or other room that you only use minimally, then it might be good to think about making it into a more usable space. Consider what you need space for, before you convert it and then you will be able to think about what sort of job you need to do. If you just need more storage, then boarding the loft might be enough to allow you to put boxes of things in there, but do be careful to make sure that it can cope with the weight. You could potentially do the same with the garage and sort out some storage but you may need to make sure boxes are water tight, depending on whether your garage door is water tight or not. You may actually want a room for using such as a bedroom or office and then you will have to have work done. It is worth getting some quotes to see whether it would be cheaper to have work done or to move house.
Some people choose to get more space by adding a garden room. This is normally away from the home, which means that you have to prepared to go out to it in all weathers and you may need to dig up the garden to get services to it such as electricity. Some people prefer to put on a conservatory so that it is joined to the house and therefore easier to access and it could be warmer as well, depending on how well insulated it is. These rooms tend to be cheaper than extending the home and they may not need planning whereas an extension might, but this will depend on your specific home, so it is always wise to check first.
Live in larger home in cheaper area
You might find that if you do want to move, that you can find a larger home for less or the same as your current home if you are prepared to move to a cheaper area. Areas vary in price for all sorts of reasons. If you move further north in the UK housing tends to be cheaper, although housing in and near cities tends to be dearer. You may also find that areas near good school or workplaces will be more expensive and that if you are nearer to pretty countryside you may have to pay more as well. You will therefore have to decide how much you are prepared to relocate and whether you are prepared to travel more to get to shops, work, school or whatever. Sometimes it might that an area is just not as nice and is known as being rough. This will keep house prices low but you may not mind about that if you can get a bigger place to live without paying out lots of extra money.Read More