Mend or move? Which is right for you & your home?

If your home doesn’t feel quite right or there are some glaring flaws that you can no longer ignore, it’s time to take action. But what kind of action? You can either get to work making changes to your home, putting right the problems and making it better and more functional for you and your family, or you can move out and find a new home. Which option is right for you will depend on a number of factors, and here’s how to decide…

How Expensive Will Those Repairs Be?

If the extent of the repairs and changes required in your home are large, it might not make sense to pay for them all. The costs could be huge, and it might make more sense to simply cut your losses and purchase another home that won’t have lots of repair work that needs to be carried out on it. However, if the repairs and changes can be carried out on a relatively small budget, it could be worth mending the home. Tally up the predicted costs and mull them over with your family.

Is Space an Issue for You and Your Family?

The space you have to work with in your home could be restricting you. If your family has recently expanded and you need more space, moving might seem like the natural option. If that’s the option you’re leaning towards, you can start clearing out the clutter, packing up boxes and arranging movers here. However, you could always build an extension on your existing property if you have the room for that. Sure, it’s a big project to undertake, but it could be worthwhile if you don’t really want to go through a move. Plus, it may cost less to add an extra room to your house than the cost of buying a bigger home. And don’t forget that your house will increase in value when you increase the size, too.

How Happy Are You With Your Current Location?

The location of your home obviously matters a lot. And it’s one of those things that can’t be changed without also changing your home. Many people who love their homes but not their locations wish they could pick up the building and put it down somewhere else. That’s never really an option though, so how happy are you with your location currently? If you love it, then repairing and mending will be best for you. However, if you don’t love your location, moving could be the right option.

Which Option Will be Most Disruptive?

Disruption is a major factor that you’re going to need to give some thought to. Of course, carrying out extensive repair and renovation work in your home can be very disruptive. It can all get very messy, and all of a sudden your lifestyle has to change. Is that something you’re prepared for? And are you willing to put up with that? Moving house is not without its problems either, though. Many people see it as being one of the most stressful things you have to do in life, so it’s worth considering staying put.

These are just some of the questions that you’ll need to ask yourself if you’re considering whether mending or moving is the best option for you and your family. Let me know what other things you’ll need to consider when choosing whether to move house by leaving me a comment below.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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