Many families end up relocating when they have children because their current properties become too small. That process usually takes a long time, and it also costs a lot of money. Lots of people would like to avoid having to relocate, but they don’t know any alternative. With that in mind, some suggestions in this post could help families to stay put. There is no getting away from the fact that people will have to invest some money to achieve that goal. However, it’s more than possible with homeowners take the right approach.
Convert the garage
Most properties come with garages attached in Australia these days. The same is true in many other countries around the world. Converting the garage and turning it into a functional bedroom is an excellent move. Homeowners just have to consider all the costs before pushing ahead with that idea. In most instances, people will have to pay for:
- Labour costs
- Building materials
- Planning permission (in some cases)
Even with those expenses, converting a garage is still much cheaper and easier than moving the entire family to a new property.
Convert the attic or basement
Some homes in Australia and around the world don’t have attics, but plenty of them do. Most houses without an attic will have a basement that people can use in much the same way. Performing a conversion job will create more space in the building, and it could provide extra bedrooms for the newest members of the family. That is also a fantastic move for anyone who works from home because attics and basements often make for the perfect offices. Again, people just need to consider all the costs involved. They often include paying for:
- Architectural plans
- Labour costs
Extend the property
In some instances, converting rooms in the home still won’t provide enough space for the growing family. People in that situation should consider a property extension. Extending your home opens up many new opportunities. For instance, homeowners might choose to build extra spaces on the first floor and turn them into bedrooms. People might also decide to extend their kitchens to provide more cooking space. The possibilities are endless and only limited by the individual’s imagination. Just be aware that it’s often essential to apply for planning permission for a job of that nature. Anyone who likes the idea of doing that will have to follow a standard process. That involves:
- Contact specialists as soon as possible
- Employ an architect to create the design
- Submit all paperwork at least three months before starting work
Those three ideas should help more families to stay in the same neighbourhoods and avoid having to relocate. While all of those suggestions require an investment, none of them cost as much as purchasing a new property. Also, all of those tips will help to add value to the current home. So, families should make a higher profit if they ever decide to sell in the future. Considering that, now is the best time to create a plan of action and set the wheels in motion.
What are your planning for home improvements to fit in your growing family??