Should you improve or should you move?

We’ve owned our house around three years now, but we have only lived here for two, if you’re an avid follower of my blog then you will know that this is because we spent a year renovating the place. When looking for our first home, we had a choice of either paying a little more for a new build or purchasing an older house for less and paying a more to give it a makeover -we chose the latter, simply because it meant we got to put our own stamp on the place!

Three years down the line and I’m not going to lie, I’ve already started to think about whether to build an extension or move somewhere bigger in the future, but the question is…which one should we do?

I recently came across an infographic by Slater and Gordon who surveyed 2,000 people for their thoughts on whether to move or improve when you start to get a little unsatisfied with your home. 61% of people said they were more likely to make major changes to their home than move to a new one, but if like us you’ve already spent a year of your life doing it, do you feel like doing it all over again because you’ve outgrown it? Or are you so proud of your work that you just can’t bring yourself to leave it all behind?

Asking yourself these questions may help:

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If you decide that improving your home is the way to go, you’ll want to ensure that what you decide to do adds value to your home, so here’s some of the best ways to do that:

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Before you start doing any of the work, don’t forget to make sure you’re covered with your home insurance policy – if it doesn’t include accidental damage cover, you could end up with a hefty bill if something goes wrong!

Oh also…according to Slater and Gordon’s survey, an estimated 222,000 people end up in hospital every year with a DIY related injury, so be careful and do things properly so that you don’t end up being one of them.

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I think that when the time comes for us to upgrade, we will move rather than improve. Our reason for this is because we have done the improve thing once already and although the final results have been worth it, I’m not sure I want to do it again any time soon.

So, if like us, you decide to sell up and move to a bigger place because you just can’t bare the thought of living in a dusty building site for months, then don’t let the thought of how stressful it can be put you off. There are plenty of tips out there to help make the move smoother.

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Do your research, get expert advice and use the services that are available to you. It may be your first time experiencing the whole moving process, but there are people out there who’s job it is to advise on such a thing every single day. Listen to them and I’m sure you’ll be settled into your new home before you know it.

If you have any top tips for moving or improving, let me know!

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