The average price of a new home in the USA right now is $408,800 so if you’re thinking about upping sticks and moving it might be a good idea to open up a savings account. Alternatively, if you don’t want to scrimp and save every penny you have, you can always think about upsizing your current home.
Unsure about how that works or how much it might cost? Fear not because below we’ve come up with the ultimate guide to upsizing your own home. If you have any tips that you’ve found helpful in house improvements, be sure to let us know about them in the comments section.
If you’re not familiar with the phrase, “this one sparks joy” you must have been living under a rock in 2019 and missed ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’. The Netflix show followed Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo as she helped people declutter their homes and revolutionise their living spaces.
The first step to upsizing your home is to actually sit down and watch a couple of episodes of this hit show. Once you’ve got the gist of Kondo’s simple questions, apply them to your own home and you’ll soon find that you have way more space in your house than you first thought.
Construct an Outbuilding
If tidying hasn’t helped to open up as much space as you hoped, perhaps it’s time to start thinking about an outbuilding. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to construct an outbuilding, there are plenty of companies out there that can do the hard work for you.
All you need to know is what your outbuilding is going to be used for. Is it simply for storage, or could you use it as an office space or even a gaming room? Once you’ve decided on your outbuilding’s usage you can start looking at blueprints and costing up the project.
Build a Conservatory
If your house feels a little claustrophobic at times it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be happier in a bigger house. Maybe you just need a little extra space to relax and have some alone time and if that’s the case, there’s nothing better than a conservatory.
If you have the space out the back of your house then you should consider building a conservatory. For between $200 to $400 per-square foot you can construct your own little sanctuary where you can unwind with a book and enjoy the sunshine, all from the comfort of your own home.
If you’re looking to cut costs you can also think about buying a modular kit which is substantially cheaper than a purpose built conservatory.
Most of us live in houses that were not built for modern families, they were made for the nuclear family. Chances are you don’t necessarily need that massive garage for the car that you share with your spouse and you don’t properly utilise the storage space that your loft offers.
If you have one of these spaces then congratulations, you have the perfect conversion opportunity. What about turning the loft into an extra bedroom or parking the car on the drive and converting your garage into a dining room? With an open mind you can turn unused spaces into useful rooms that add real value to your property.
It’s tempting to fall into the trap of thinking that the grass is always greener on the other side. Before you make the big decision to move house, think about how you could upsize your current home and work out which option is cheaper and the most stress free.