Moving house can be one of the most stressful things that we can do. Depending on the condition of your house, even getting it ready to go up for sale can be a pretty daunting prospect. So, we do well to ask ourselves, do I really need to move?
There are many different reasons why someone may be thinking about moving house. For instance, it could be that the area has gone downhill and so you fancy a change, maybe you even want to relocate to another part of the country altogether. If this is the case, then it looks like moving could be the only option that you may have. Other reasons could be that you have outgrown your current house, or you no longer feel that it works for you and your family. If you feel this way but you’re not a 100% sure that you want to move, then why not have a look at these few ideas and see if any of them will work for you.
In need of more space
I am sure us parents all know the feeling of outgrowing our home. It still amazes me to this day how my children can take up more space in our home than we do! So, if space is an issue, what can we do? Well, depending on your budget, and of course whether you can get permission, building an extension on your house can be one of the most effective ways to solve the problem of a lack of space. I have recently been watching ‘The 100k House’, and it really is amazing how beautiful and effective some of these extensions can be. They don’t have to be a bog standard box on the back of your house, you can really make something beautiful and within budget if you plan and shop smart!
Building up into your attic is another way to create more space. Again, you have to make sure that you get your plans approved, but if you do then this can be a task worth taking on! Plus, if you shop around for what you will need and do some (if not most) of the work yourself, then it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either.
Both of these options should also add value to your house, so it could be a bit of a win win situation.
Need a change
It doesn’t matter whether we have been in our home for 1 or 20 years, sometimes we can feel a bit bored and just fancy a change. However, moving house can be a pretty stressful and expensive option. So why not take a step back and look at our house as a blank canvas again. Is there another way that you can use and utilise the rooms? It could be quite handy to draw a plan of your house on a piece of paper and see what ideas you can come up with.
We have just recently had some work done on our home (the lintel in the living room needed replacing) and it was while our house was upside down during this work that we realised that we had more options in how we set out the house than we had originally thought. So, once the building work was finished, we decided to have a play around with the furniture and we have come up with a much better way of using our home to the full.
Now, we haven’t done anything exciting to the structure of the house, but, instead of having the kitchen and living room together and the dining room separate, we have swapped it around a bit so that what was the dining room, is now a cosy living room. Also, having a range of seating and the dining table in the other room with the kitchen alongside it means that it has now become more of a family room. This layout may not work for everybody but it works a treat for us. My youngest son is forever drawing and writing, so instead of feeling that he is separated from the rest of the family who are in the living room and kitchen, he is able to do what he loves in the hub of the home. So we now have a living room and family room downstairs and it really has made us feel that our home really does work for us.
So, if you are thinking about moving house but you’re not sure if you really want the hassle, then why not take a step back and see what it is that you need to change. If it is something that you could resolve without moving house then why not give it a go? It could save you a lot of stress and money!
Could any of these ideas work for you as an alternative to moving house?