Is it time to Upsize?

Unfortunately, our first home does not always fit our needs as life goes on. What may have worked initially for a single person, or a young couple, can quickly become to small as families expand and, in many cases, multiple generations live under the same roof.

Where do you need more space?

The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it is also important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room & outdoor space – it will pay off during the holidays or summer vacations, when everyone is coming to visit.

Moving Outward

If you need more space, but don’t necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from a city center. While the walkability and short commutes of a dense neighborhood or condo are hard to leave behind, your lifestyle – and preferences for hosting Thanksgiving, barbecues, and birthdays – might mean that a spacious home in the suburbs makes the most sense. It’s your best option for upsizing while avoiding a heftier price tag.

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