As your family grows over the years, your home doesn’t always grow with you, unfortunately. You may have started off with a home for you as a single person, with a starter home as a young couple, or with a small family home when you had your first child. Any of those homes can quickly become too small as your family grows or as you have multiple generations living together under your roof.
Of course, one option is to remodel and add on to your home to create more space, but you may not have the property to do so, and it can be costly. If you find yourself in that situation, you may need to consider simply moving to a bigger home. When looking for a home to hold your growing family, there are things to consider.
Where is the Space Needed?
When you upsize your home, do not simply focus on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need or the square footage of the home. Those things are important, of course, but you need to decide how the space within the home will be utilized. If your children are younger, having a focus on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense, but if they are older and close to ready for college or to start their own families, think about prioritizing other spaces. Consider having larger spaces for groups, such as your living room, dining room, kitchen or outdoor spaces. That will help tremendously when you have big gatherings for the holidays or other special times.
Move Further Out
If you are wanting a home around the same price you have now but larger, you should look outside of your area. You will likely get a bigger house for the same money if you move further from the city. Of course, a dense city neighborhood comes with many perks such as a shorter commute and the ability to walk places, but you may need to leave those perks behind for the sake of more space. Moving to the suburbs may give you the perfect home for hosting parties, barbecues, and holiday celebrations. It can also mean not spending more money on another home.
If you are outgrowing your home, it is certainly important to consider upsizing by finding a larger home that fits your family.