When you first moved into your new house, it was probably just you and your wife. You might have had a baby, one on its way or a puppy.
In any case, the house seemed a little too spacious for just the two (possibly three) of you. This was probably nearly a decade or a score ago. Today, you can hear the kids playing on the front lawn. The dog is probably barking on the porch and your wife humming in the kitchen. In some ways, most growing families can relate to the dilemma of moving or improving their homes. Many of them go for home additions to deal with the dilemma.
Read on to know 10 benefits of extending your house rather than moving.
Saves Money And Time:
If you were to move, you’d have to hire a whole barrage of movers and trucks to carry items to the new house. This is understandably costly but is also very time-consuming. You’d have to take time off of work to oversee the entire process. You might have to come home early to pack a few things. Not to mention the turmoil of having to unpack at the new location.
Love Thy Neighbour:
When you first moved into this neighborhood, you started a fresh new life. Everything and everyone was new. Hence, you went along with making friends and gaining insight into your community. In fact, at this very moment years later, you’ve learned to love these people and your community. Having to move would mean having to uproot and start fresh. This could be beneficial provided it’s what you want. If not, it’ll be one hard goodbye.
For your kids, the biggest challenge that comes with moving is the fear of being ‘the new kid’ at school. We’ve all been that age, and suffice to say that feeling isn’t pleasant. Unless circumstances force you to have to take your child out of his or her school, don’t. Changing school districts is extremely cumbersome and exhausting. Your kid on his or her part might feel lonely and unwelcome.
Updating Addresses And All The Works:
If you’ve lived at your current house for well over a decade at the least. You can imagine how long it’ll take for people to get the correct address down. This might go on for months on end, or even years! In fact, you might update addresses on important things such as banks and insurance companies. However, relatives need to be individually updated and reminded.
More Control Over The Creative Outlook:
So far, we’ve mentioned the locality and not necessarily the actual house. While I understand that moving house would mean more space. Given as to how that’s the very reason behind the move. But it can also mean depending on the previous owner’s creative outlook for the general interior. In your own house, you’ve become accustomed to having things a certain way. There might even be fixtures and sorts that you’ve installed.
Having to move would mean having to put faith in third parties – real estate agents. Unless you’re a real estate agent yourself, you won’t really be out looking at houses on your own. No matter how easy you think it might be to buy and sell a house. You will undoubtedly have to call the number on a bus bench ad for help. This might put you in worry over the overall handling of your property. Your home has been associated with all of your memories. It understandably has sentimental, as well as monetary value. Blind faith would mean staying aloof to some deals going on.
Just as you hold your home near and dear to your heart. Likewise, the other owners might share in those sentiments. This poses a problem given human uncertainty. What if they decide not to sell at the very last minute? What if you’ve already sold your property? All of this is highly possible and highly likely.
Home extensions at the present moment can seem like a necessity to accommodate a growing family. However, once the kids move out for college or to start a life of their own, you’re left with a huge house and no use of it. Most people have dreams of settling down in their retirement age at a nice cottage out in the country. Instead, you’re left with a three-storey suburban house with high maintenance costs for two people.
Adding Value To Your Property:
Home extensions can add value to your property should you choose to sell later on. If your house is currently marked at a specific value, an extension can increase that value to a great amount. This amount is beneficial in the long run. In fact, if you’re wary of extension costs. Think of this amount as a return on all the money you put in.
Finally, the most obvious reason for a home extension is to add space. If you and your family have grown to love this home, moving would be devastating. Hence, simply adding more space can solve a number of issues at much less cost with much less time.
Growing families call for growing needs. With the kids growing up, everyone wants their own room. With your parents grow older, you want them close by. No matter what the situation might be, it ultimately comes down to one decision. Should you stay, or should you move? You could try cramming everyone into one room, but you probably know how that will go. For more reasons than on (ten, actually), most people recommend extensions rather than moving.