To Move or Extend? That is the Question

Moving house is a big decision, and usually one that is arrived at because the family needs more space. We have grown to love the family home, and leaving for pastures new brings on a feeling of regret, as so many happy memories are tied up in that house, not to mention the great neighbours who are always happy to lend a hand. So, before you decide to uproot the family and head off to a new location, consider having your property extended.

Modern solutions

An annexe, or granny flat, can provide that extra space you desperately need, and with a range of sizes and styles, there is something for everyone. If you live in Western Australia, there are granny flat builders in Perth who can supply the ideal structure. So, if space is the only issue, think about a modular home or granny flat, as an alternative to seeking a larger house.

Unfamiliar ground

Moving is sometimes a necessary part of life, often job changes mean relocating, and this brings a completely new environment. Of course, if it has to be, then we can deal with it, and eventually, all will be well, but if the main reason for the move was extra living space, it might not be necessary. A granny flat can provide the ideal space for any number of situations, which is perhaps a better alternative to finding a new home.

Additional living space

Extending your property is definitely cheaper than a move, as the new dwelling will surely be an upgrade, and with today’s rising costs, it won’t be a cheap solution. Some people buy the piece of land adjoining their property, and put a modular home there, which is actually a sound investment.

There are many reasons why a family might require more space, perhaps the children’s friends like to sleep over, or your partner has started a small business, and needs a quiet place to work. You might want to invite your parents over for a week, knowing they will be comfortable in the granny flat, or perhaps it is a quiet place for you to work out your business plan for that new venture.

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The garden

Another reason not to move, the years of careful manipulation that resulted in such a stunning garden, would be wasted if one found another home. Add to your living space in a cost-effective way, and your garden will always be there, just as you like it.

Investment bonus

Moving house means another mortgage, and higher repayments, so there are no immediate financial benefits, yet by extending your property, the cost is minimal, and you have instantly increased the value of your property, probably in excess of the cost of the modular home, which makes financial sense.

A granny flat or annexe building, will enhance the property, as well as adding value, and giving you more living space, and in this age of ever spiralling land prices, it makes sense to stay put, invest, and extend.