To Move or Extend? Making the Right Choice for Your Home!

When your current living space no longer fits your needs, you’re faced with a big decision – to move or extend? Should you move to a new house, or extend the one you have? Both options offer potential benefits and challenges. Here, we break down key factors to consider, helping you make an informed choice that’s right for you and your family.

Assessing Your Current Home

Emotional Attachment: Many homeowners have a deep emotional connection to their current house. It’s the backdrop for family gatherings, milestones, and everyday life. Extending your home allows you to preserve these emotional ties while adapting the building to meet new needs.

Space and Potential: Evaluate the potential of your property. Can the existing layout be altered to make space more functional? At Cellartech South West, we specialise in transforming underused areas like basements into vibrant, liveable spaces, adding both utility and value to your home. Consider whether your property has unused attic space, a garage, or a sizable garden that could accommodate an extension.

The Financial Implications

Cost of Moving: Moving house isn’t just about the price of the new property. It also involves significant costs such as stamp duty, legal fees, and removal costs, which can quickly add up. In contrast, staying put and extending often costs less when considering the total expenses involved in buying and selling homes.

Investment in Extensions: Extending your home is an investment that can significantly increase its value, especially in sought-after areas of the South West. Our team at Cellartech South West ensures that every aspect of the extension, from planning to waterproofing and structural integrity, is handled expertly, potentially boosting your property’s market value far beyond the cost of the extension itself.

Practical Considerations

Planning Permission: One hurdle with extensions can be the need for planning permission. It’s important to consider the likelihood of obtaining permission in your area. Our experienced team can advise and manage this process, helping to ease potential stress.

The Disruption Factor: Moving can be stressful and disruptive, often requiring you to live out of boxes or in temporary accommodation. Extensions can also be disruptive but are managed effectively to minimise impact on your daily life, allowing you to stay in your home and observe the transformation unfold.

Time Considerations: The process of moving can be quicker than undertaking an extension, depending on the scale of the project. However, if the extension is well-planned and executed by professionals like those at Cellartech South West, it can be completed within a predictable timeline, and you’ll avoid the uncertainties of the housing market.

Long-Term Outlook

Future Needs: Think long-term about what you might need from your home. If the area is perfect but the house is lacking, an extension could be a wise choice. On the other hand, if local amenities no longer meet your needs, moving might be the better option.

Sustainability: Improving and extending your home can also be an opportunity to integrate sustainable building practices and materials, which not only reduce your environmental footprint but can also improve energy efficiency and reduce long-term costs. Modern extensions can include features like solar panels, sustainable insulation materials, and innovative heating systems that enhance your home’s efficiency.

Community and Services:

Consider the community and local services. If your current neighbourhood offers excellent schools, healthcare, and community ties, extending might allow you to enjoy these benefits longer, without the upheaval of moving. Conversely, if you’re finding limitations in local services or job opportunities, relocating could provide a better quality of life or career prospects.

Conclusion

Deciding whether to move or extend your property depends heavily on personal circumstances, financial considerations, and long-term goals. At Cellartech South West, we’re committed to helping you explore all your options with expert advice and comprehensive building solutions that turn your current house into your forever home.

Contact us today to see how we can help you make the best decision for your future or give us a call on 01452 619871.