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Finding A House For Your Expanding Family

February 17, 2014

A bigger home is something a lot of people want out of life. When you have to move the coffee table out of the living room every time you have guests over to fit them all in the same room, you know something needs to change! But it becomes even more of a pressing matter when you have more family on the way. So we already know that with a baby the entire household changes, and for the better, but what about when you’re running out of room? Where do you start? Here’s some tips for making sure you get the best deal on a place when you’re pushed for time and you’re not sure about the money.

Finding a Good Place

The first step to finding a good place that has plenty of room for all of you is realising how much stuff you actually own. Your kids are usually going to have the most to their names; between toys, bedding, and their special bowl for dinner time, there’s a lot to account for. You need to be able to fit yourself and your partner in beside that, as well as any future children!

So aim to find something that has upwards of 2000 square feet to it, which usually constitutes about three bedrooms with good spacing to them. So look through online listings and contact an estate agent. Of course, being able to afford something like this is going to be hard, but when you’ve got good credit and plenty of means to obtain a mortgage, it won’t be as unapproachable as you think.

Finding Good Value for Money

So when you’ve forked out for a loan and you’ve got all your savings at the ready to make this huge investment for your family, making a mistake isn’t going to be anywhere near the plan. A lot of people can move too fast into an arrangement because they’re worried over their lack of space, but a month or so of having to cram yourselves into an over occupied space isn’t going to take too much more out of you. Remember, there’s the promise of a better house on the other side!

Between renting and buying, when you’re looking to move house you’re going to be spending a lot of money. So you need to be sure you’re getting as much bang for your buck as you can! Use the services of RICS Chartered Surveyors to get a true valuation of the property you’re interested in, and whether or not any repairs are going to break the bank.

So really, finding a house perfect for your expanding family falls into these two categories. When you’ve got some advice on your side, these matters are always going to get a bit easier. If you have any friends in the same situation, make sure you have a sit down with them, and consider all of your options before moving anywhere new. You already have a roof over your head after all.


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