When we take our first steps onto the housing ladder, many of us don’t move straight into our forever home. More often than not it’s a little inner-city apartment with convenient transport links, but not much in the way of a future for you and your family. Sometimes, you have to make do with what’s available until you’re ready to upsize and move on. But how do you know when it’s time to upsize? Moving house can pose many challenges after all. How do you know when the benefits of moving to a larger home will outweigh the stress of getting there?
Your family is getting bigger
Young couples starting new families tend to need to upsize at some point. A small apartment might be fine for the two of you and one baby, but as soon as that baby gets older and wants its own space, or it’s time for baby number two to make an appearance, a tiny apartment probably isn’t going to be the most comfortable habitat for any of you any more. Upsizing allows kids to have their own bedrooms, space to roam around and grow, and space for your family to grow further if you desire it.
The market looks pretty good
Sometimes the best thing to push you into moving house is the knowledge that you’ll never get a better deal than the one staring you in the face. Either the market has become particularly strong, so you know you’ll sell up your current home for more than you might previously, or alternatively, you expect the market to crash, and you might never make enough back on your current home unless you take the plunge immediately. Both of these are perfectly valid reasons, and a vague idea of the state of the housing market allows you to make informed decisions about the times at which you buy, sell, and move.
You have too much stuff
We all seem to accumulate so much stuff over our lifetimes, and this gets ten times worse when there are kids in the picture too. If you’re worried that the junk removal men will think you’re hoarders, it’s probably time to move into a bigger space, and maybe have a bit of a purge in the process.
You’ve always dreamed of a yard
A tiny inner-city flat has lots of benefits, but many apartment dwellers miss the freedom of their own yard. Maybe you want to keep chickens or grow your own vegetables, or just have a place in which the kids can play safely. All of these are common and valid reasons to want to upsize into a larger home with a bigger plot of land.
Sometimes people just choose to move because they have fallen out of love with the home they currently have, or it has become unsustainable to maintain its upkeep if it is a particularly old building. There are many great reasons to upsize, but chances are, if you’re planning on growing your family, you’re going to want a bigger home at some point.