Should You Move Or Extend Your Home To Get Extra Space?

Deciding to move or extend your home is an excellent question. Before deciding on either of these options, you'll want to ask yourself many of the questions we cover in this post.

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We will break down what you should consider with each option to help you decide which is best for you.

Finding a New Home

If you are thinking about moving, there are several things you will want to take into account.

Ideally, you will consider these before you agree on a purchase:

  • Location of the new property
  • Commute to work
  • What are the neighbours like?
  • Access to schools and community
  • Costs of Moving

Location of New Home

Finding a house you want to buy is just the first step of moving home, but what is the location like?

What is it like during different times of the day or week? Is it a popular location for tourists during a particular time of the year?

Ask yourself what it is you don't like about your current location and if a new place is going to solve those issues or introduce new ones.

You can even ask the current owner what their reasons are for moving out of the property.

Commute to Work

If you are moving just a few miles, this might not seem like a big thing to consider, but have you seen what the journey to work is like in the morning and not just the weekend or vice versa?

Moving to the opposite side of town might mean there is a particular junction you now have to take that is busy, which will then increase your commute to work.

What are the Neighbours Like?

It's always advised to ask the current owner if they have ever had any issues with the neighbours or are aware of any issues between them.

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Question how well do they know their neighbours, is it a friendly place to live or one where people keep to themselves? Maybe attend a community event or visit a local pub or restaurant and speak to the staff.

Schools in the Area

Do you have children attending school in the area? Find out what the local schools are like. Arrange a visit and speak to the teachers to learn more about the area (especially if the area is new to you).

If you don't have children and the new property is near a school, will this disrupt you during the day or get busy when parents drop off or collect their children?

Costs of Moving

Once you have satisfied all your questions about the locations, the next consideration is what is the actual cost of moving?

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When moving home, you will have the following costs to consider:

  • Estate agent selling fees for your current home
  • Stamp duty on new property
  • Time off work to pack/unpack
  • Decorating your new home

Estate Agent Fees

If you have a property you own, you will probably want to sell it if you are moving (unless you are in a position to turn your current property into a buy-to-let). This will probably mean using an estate agent whose fees can range between 1% to 3% of the value the property is sold for.

Stamp Duty

If you are buying a property, it'll probably be subjected to stamp duty. The amount of stamp duty due will depend on the value of the property you are buying. It's best to check with the estate agent or your solicitor on how much this will be.

Check the current rate of stamp dute on the government website.

Solicitor Costs

Known as conveyancing fees, this is the fee that you pay to a solicitor to draw up the contracts for the sale and question any results from surveys done on the property you are buying.

The normal solicitors' cost will be between £750–£1500 depending on the value of the property and the area you are buying.

Surveys On Your New Property

You will need to get one of four types of survey done on your property which will cost between £100–£1000 depending on the type of survey you get done. The four types of survey are:

Valuation Report – Very basic report that confirms the value of the property for the mortgage company.

Condition Report – Introduced in 2011 it is designed for newer build property to confirm the condition of the property but doesn't include a valuation.

Homebuyer Report – Confirms valuation and insurance rebuild costs and any defects that might need addressing.

Structural Survey – Designed more for older properties or if you have any concerns about the structure of the property. Also ideal if you are planning to do any renovation work on the property.

Time Taken To Pack

There is then the cost of your time taken to packing and moving to your new property. Buying boxes and packing materials. Then buy more when you run out and realise you have more stuff than you think.

Don't forget you will need to hire a van to move all your possessions to your new property safely. or you could, however, hire a company to do this for you.

See our post 10 steps to stress free moving

Decorating Your New Home

Once you have moved into your new property, you'll probably want to decorate it to your taste and make some changes. Unless the property you are moving into is exactly how you want it.

decorating tools and paint

Decorating can be done over time, but it is a cost that you will want to consider before choosing to move.

Extend Your Existing Home

Unless you are unhappy with your current home or cannot extend it, it's probably more beneficial to develop your existing home. Investing back into your existing home the money you'd otherwise spend on moving costs (solicitors, stamp duty and surveys etc.)

Can You Extend?

Deciding to extend your property is an excellent return on investment. Adding an extension will typically add more value to your home than it will cost. So if you choose to sell in the future, you are not losing any money. But do you have the space to extend?

There are many places you can extend your existing property, including:

  • Loft Conversion
  • Side Extension
  • Above a garage
  • Rear extension
  • Basement
  • Front of House
  • Additional Building

Which area you will extend and how to extend is something we covered in a blog post home extension ideas.

Now might be the perfect time to extend the home you currently own. The new fast-track scheme for double-storey extensions is set to increase the demand for builders in your area. Act now and contact local builders in your area to discuss your options for extending your home.

How Much Does an Extension Cost?

The cost of an extension will depend on where you are in the country, the type of extension, the type of materials used, and the extension's size.

If you are considering extending your home and want to know the costs, you are best to contact local tradespeople for a quote. You can also check out our cost guides to get an idea.

Summary of Moving v Extending

In summary, the cost of moving v the cost of the extension will be down to your personal circumstances. The price of the property you want to buy, sell or extend will be a significant factor in this.

Check stamp duty and estate agents' costs. Also factor in your time off work and if you are using holiday.

If you have the space to extend at home, check for any grants that the local council or government might be offering. Speak to local tradespeople today and see how you can benefit.

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Last updated by MyJobQuote on 15th February 2023.
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