Here are our Upsizing Top Tips:
- Establish realistic expectations in relation to budget – It is important to be realistic about what you can achieve for the amount of money you have. Setting expectations from the outset can make upsizing into a bigger property a more enjoyable process and minimise the risk of disappointment later on down the line. Ultimately homeowners looking to upsize need to put together a list of requirements for their new home, work out what their priorities are and what are the things they are willing to compromise on. It might be that as homeowners you are looking for large floorspace and are happy to take on a project property as long as the square footage is correct or perhaps you are happy to settle for a small garden. Most of us would ideally like to have it all however, when you are working with a budget this can be quite hard to achieve and it is therefore a good idea to have a clear list of requirements and nice to haves.
- Make a plan – once you have seen a property which you think might be a suitable fit for your requirements it is important to make a rough plan for each room, working out where you would put what and what the purpose of each room would be before you even put in an offer for the house. These days there are plenty of interior design apps that can help you do this and this way you will have a better understanding whether the requirements you wrote down on paper are all being met adequately.
- Consider clever storage solutions – although you are upsizing you don’t have to cram each new room with ‘stuff’. Over filling a room can make it feel a lot smaller than it actually is and you may even feel as if you haven’t actually upsized. Cleverly concealing your possessions away in storage cupboards can help to give your home a sense of space and organisation. Thinking about this at the very beginning stages of the upsizing process can help to achieve your goals and give you the home you have been dreaming of.
- Location, location, location – as with any house move it is crucial to think about the location of your new home. If you are upsizing to start a family for instance it would probably be a good idea to consider how far the new home is away from local schools and even hospitals.
- Consider the impact of bigger home bigger bills – when you upsize it is highly likely that you are going to pay slightly higher utility bills, your house will be larger so will take longer and more energy to heat up. Although most of us would consider this part and parcel of upsizing it is important to consider how this might affect you long term, especially If you are looking to move to a house that is considered inefficient and has a a low EPC rating. Purchasing a property with a low EPC rating coupled with the fact that it is considerably larger house as you are upsizing, could leave you with much more expensive bills in comparison to what you might be used to.
Byoot provides a full turnkey solution to our clients, from planning, architects, structural engineers, building control and the build, leaving our clients to focus on their day jobs while we do ours. If you are thinking of extending, renovating or improving your home speak to one of the team on 0208 4509185 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org