Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us.
What may have initially worked fine when you were single or newly married couple, a few new additions like a newborn, third child or an extended family member can quickly become WAY too small. Here are three things to consider when searching for more space:
REMODELING / ADDITION
If you can’t bear to leave your current neighborhood, remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space. The challenge is that it can be costly and the size of your lot may be prohibitive. That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution.
ANALYZE YOUR CURRENT SPACE
The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it’s 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, and outdoor space—it’ll pay off during the holidays or summer vacations when everyone is coming to visit for big gatherings.
MOVING OUTWARD (i.e. OTP!)
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 the Intown Atlanta center. While the walkability and short commutes of an Intown neighborhood or condo are hard to leave beyond, 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.