Reasons To Extend Rather Than Move Home
The economic downturn of the last few years and the uncertainty of the housing market, post Brexit, means that many homeowners are preferring to stay put rather than move home.
If you need more living space, a viable alternative to moving is to extend your existing property. A well-built house extension will not only cost far less than moving, it will also add value to your home while limiting its fall in value when the market is depressed.
Although cost and value are important, there are other reasons why staying put and extending is a more attractive option.
Here are just a few reasons to consider if you’re undecided.
You should look at an extension as an investment rather than an expense. The costs of building an extension are a fraction of the costs of moving home. You don’t have to worry about stamp duty or removals companies or solicitor’s fees and you can plan and budget for your extension without rushing.
Don’t just consider your property, but the community around you. If your children are settled at school, there’s no need to move them. Leaving friends and neighbours behind can be difficult if you’re part of a community. Even minor aspects can have an impact on your decision such as your favourite pubs, shops and parks in your local area.
Moving home and starting over again, just because you need a bigger house can be very stressful. Trying to find new schools, maybe even another job or moving further away from family are just some of the things you’ll have to consider. Opting to extend your home rather than move means you can cut out the hassle of searching for another property while trying to sell yours. You won’t have to face the dreaded task of packing and unpacking either.
Planning an extension is a good time to consider the energy efficiency of your home. If you’re planning to extend your kitchen for example, skylights, LEDs and underfloor heating can be installed to create a comfortable environment while helping to reduce fuel bills. A modern house extension will be built to environmental standards therefore giving you the opportunity to improve the overall thermal performance of your home.
Don’t underestimate the sentimental value of a property. Cherished memories make the difference between a house and a home. Your home is the heart of your family. If you love it, why should you move?
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