Should you extend or move? The big question!
We often daydream about extending our homes, and with ever-changing situations, we need our homes to be able to adapt to us and our lifestyle. The big question that we all ask ourselves, is should we actually move or should we extend what we have got?
Before making any decisions, you have to work out your budget. More often than not you’ll find that extending is actually the cheaper option, in the short term at least. What you must do is ask yourself whether an extension will suit your needs for the long-term, or is it a sticking plaster solution. You will need an extension to do more than just buy you time.
On the other hand, you have to consider the costs associated with moving, the costs people don’t always factor in, such as a solicitor’s bill, removal vans, and time off work to be present to organise everything.
So, should you move or extend?
There is a certain amount you can do to your home before you require planning permission. It is always best to seek the advice from your local Planning Office. This really could be a good way to add value to your home in the most cost-effective way. There will obviously still be a certain amount of disruption but, assuming you present your plans clearly, it should be a smooth-running project.
Make a list of what it is you’re trying to achieve; what is it you want from your home? Be realistic, don’t start fantasising about the things you’d like to have, such as a 10ft swimming pool, if your budget won’t stretch. Remember to compare what you could get if you moved with what you could get if you extended with your budget firmly in mind. Write down what the important factors are such as, cost, room, disruption, locality, time etc. Decide what it is that you need from your home and not just for now. If you’re going to extend you need to be able to stay put for a while to ensure you get your money back. You don’t want to be in the position where you have extended and then realise that actually, you still don’t have enough room after all.
If you’re limited with a budget get some expert advice from an architect from the out-set. An architect will be able to get the most out of your space in accordance with your budget. They have the experience and expertise and will be able to implement ideas into your design.
Essentially, there is no right or wrong way. If you have your heart set on moving, do just that. If you really are just looking for a bit more space, but you love your home, have a look at what an extension could do for you. Whatever you decide, make sure your budget can take it.