As your family grows, your house doesn't grow with it. A home extension
is one way to expand your living space, but sometimes upsizing and moving to a larger home is a better idea. It can also be a daunting prospect. What should you take with you? What should you leave behind? Should you hire an interior decorator
first or wait until you've moved in? Moving to a bigger house doesn't need to be a stressful experience. Just follow the tips in this easy guide to upsizing and enjoy the experience.
Before you move, there are some important things to consider. You might find, for instance, that all this extra space, wonderful as it is, needs a new, more energy efficient air conditioning
system. Would a home security
system make you feel safer? Think about having a home automation
system installed. You'll be surprised by how inexpensive it can be and home automation can make managing your new home so much easier.
Your New Kitchen
If you're upsizing, your new home will probably have a larger kitchen. This will give you the perfect opportunity to organise all your existing kitchen paraphernalia and buy those items you've always wanted but didn't have space for.
One of the first things you will want to do when you move is stock your kitchen. As you do so, you have the opportunity to make the best use of your kitchen storage space. Check out some of the kitchen storage brochures
here on Home Improvement Pages for some inexpensive storage solutions. You'll find that a few drawer inserts, storage racks and other inexpensive and easy-to-install items can make a big difference in your new kitchen.
Move First, Decorate Later
When you look at all that big, beautiful empty space in your new home, you will be tempted to leave everything behind and furnish it from scratch. As tempting as this thought may be, it can be a mistake. For one thing, you probably have a number of furnishings you still love and will wish you hadn't given away or sold. While that lounge suite you recently bought may not fit into the style of your new home, it may be just perfect if you have it re-upholstered
. You may have enough space in your new master bedroom for the Queen or King sized bed
you've always dreamt of having, but which one should it be?
Rather than start from scratch, take your existing furnishings with you and make do with them until you get a better feel for your new home. You may find that your double bed fits perfectly into your daughter's new bedroom and decide that a Queen sized bed works better in your master bedroom, giving you enough space to add an antique armoire you've been dying to have for years.
The Final Touches
After you've lived in your upsized house for a few months, you will be ready to add those final touches that turn a new house into a home. Some of these "touches" may be relatively big. For example, now that you have a big new living room, wouldn't a home theatre
system be a great addition? Other final touches are the little things like blinds
that can make such a big difference.
You'll find that following this easy guide to upsizing will make moving much easier and less stressful. As an added bonus, it stretches out the excitement of moving. Instead of walking into a completely finished home, you have furnishing, decorating and accessorising your home to look forward to. Then, when it's all done, everything will be perfect for years to come.