Knowing When To Move And When To Improve

Do you find yourself browsing Right Move or Zoopla? Considering moving home?

Do you know when it’s best to move and when to improve?

I know I do. Quite a lot as it happens. Sometimes I am just curious how much a local house has gone up for sale for

Sometime I actually look to consider moving and sometimes I am just looking at how other people decorate their homes

I have previously said I want to make this house my forever home so I am currently renovating, but no harm in looking right?


Weighing Up The Options



Moving home can be expensive

Buying and selling fees quickly mount up and then you have the extra un-planned costs to consider too

However, if you live in a neighbourhood or road that you do not like, then moving to somewhere else will solve that problem. There are still no guarantees you are going to like your new road until you are living there

Your home is too small. You have already extended out to your quota of space allowed

You have that attic conversion already and you simply cant physically make the home any bigger

This is something growing families tend to find, they simply out grow the home and no amount of improvement or developments will help make the home any more suitable

If this is the case for you, then moving seems like your best option


But, have you ever thought that you just need a change?



You absolutely love your road, and your neighbours are your best friends

You are conveniently located for schools, work, shopping and yours and your families social activities

But you are running out of space

Each dwelling is entitled to extend on to their property in some way. As long as the ground area covered by the extension and any other buildings within the boundary of the property, excluding the original house, is not more than half the total area of the property. That is without planning permission

If you want to expand bigger than 50% of the original property footing you will need to seek approval from the local authority first

Maybe you have lived in your home a long time, you might be fed up of the layout, you could try and open plan your kitchen and dinning room in to one room

This will give you the opportunity to redecorate, which will change how you feel about your home

These are your two options and if you do plan to extend take a look at 4 ways to destress while renovating

Let me know if you have made any plans to extend your property because you were feeling fed up in your current home

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  1. Carolyn
    15/10/2018 / 19:04

    In my opinion moving house should be a last resort. It costs money, you have to sell your home, find one you like, and uproot the family. Improving and expanding a home is always preferable in my opinion.

  2. A S,Edinburgh
    20/10/2018 / 21:43

    Very helpful, thank you; this is a decision I find very difficult.

  3. Amy simpson
    03/11/2018 / 10:08

    Thanks for these tips,thinking of moving next year xx

  4. Anthony Harrington
    15/11/2018 / 19:36

    we have just moved after 31 years living at our old address, a big move for us, from the London suburbs to a sleepy village on the South Coast, the buying/selling and all the worry and expense was certainly worth it. It was a hard decision for us to move and we seriously discussed it for about 4 years before we took the plunge.

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