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Moving House: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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Moving house can be exciting- a fresh start, a clean blank slate. If your current home is causing you stress, finding somewhere that better suits your needs could allow you to be so much happier in your everyday life. However, moving is stressful, expensive and hard work so isn’t something you want to be doing at the drop of a hat. If you’re on the fence, here are some of the reasons a house move is well worth considering.

You Don’t Want to Renovate

Renovating can be an excellent way to adapt your property to what you need without having to move. Whether it’s an extension a conservatory, loft conversion, basement conversion or even a garden room- there are plenty of options if you’re running out of space. However, there are plenty of reasons why this might not be an option. Renovations are time-consuming, plus your home essentially becomes a building site while work is being completed. This can be incredibly stressful and impractical. Not to mention the financial side of things, unless you have savings or are prepared to remortgage your home, it can be a struggle raising the kinds of funds you need to renovate. Certain restrictions can also mean you’re not allowed to renovate in the way that you’d like. Perhaps you live in a listed building which bans you from making major changes, or maybe you’ve been turned down for planning permission. Either way, renovating a home isn’t the answer for everyone.

You Hate Your Area

All of the renovations in the world won’t make a difference if you hate where you live, or the people you live by. While they might not be reason enough on their own to leave in some cases if you’re already considering moving it’s worth bearing this in mind. A new home can allow you to carefully choose your area. If you’ve had children since your last move, your priorities are likely to have changed. This time you will probably want to find somewhere with good parks, schools and other facilities nearby. While no one wants to live in an area with a high crime rate, chances are it’s become particularly important to you once you’ve had kids. You could find a conveyancing solicitor to make your house move as stress-free as possible and then go on the hunt for an area that suits your new lifestyle. Nicer areas generally come with a higher price tag, so it’s important to search carefully to get the best home for your budget.

Your Garden Isn’t Big Enough

You can often make changes to a home, but you can’t change the size of the garden. Do you dream of taking up gardening as a hobby, or want a place where your kids and pets can run around and play? Do you want to throw garden parties and barbecues for friends and family? If so, you’re never going to be able to fully enjoy your home with a tiny garden (or a home with no garden at all). It could be one of the many contributing factors for moving house. When you’re searching for properties, don’t be tempted by one that seems perfect but doesn’t have the garden space you’re after. It’s a compromise you’re sure to regret later down the line.

Do you have a house move on the cards? What kinds of factors have brought you to that decision?