Families grow. You grow. Small humans (known in some circles as ‘kids’) grow. Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof. Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but that stuff gets expensive, and the size of your property may be prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution. Read on for some quick thoughts on upsizing your home!
Where Do You Need More Space?
The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it’s important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when you’re hosting a whole mess of folks.
You see this all the time in more urban market. If you need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from a city center. While the walkability and short commutes of a dense neighborhood or condo are hard to leave beyond, your lifestyle—and preferences for hosting Thanksgiving, barbecues, and birthdays—might mean that a spacious home in the suburbs makes the most sense. It’s your best option for upsizing while avoiding a heftier price tag. By moving up to 30 minutes away you can often save a butt-load of money per square foot! I don’t know exactly how much a butt-load is, but it sounds like a lot.
There you have it. Two brief paragraphs to help me get a little SEO traction and to help you get into the moving mindset – if that’s what you want to do! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out my other blog posts for more info. If you want to chat real estate, baseball, current events, or just need someone to walk your dog – give me a shout. Until next time!