Being in lockdown has probably got you wanting to move home. Being in one space for months on end can get to anyone but before you make the expensive choice of moving home read our tips first.
Our space-saving tips could make your home more desirable again and save you a lot of money.
Square footage is expensive, and we will cover some tips on adding more but for those of us with smaller budgets, we will also look at some of the cheapest ways to add space to your home.
1. Adding an Extension
The most expensive option other than moving home is to add an extension to your home. An extension can come in many forms, it could be converting an attic, the cellar, or even adding a new section to your home.
Extensions are one of the best ways of adding more space to your home as you are literally adding more physical space, but as I said above it’s one of the most expensive methods of doing so.
With that said, adding an extension is going to add thousands to the value of your home.
If you can afford an extension it would be worth talking to a local builder to get an idea of rough costs.
When considering an extension get quotes from multiple builders and be sure to check out their work before hiring anyone to make sure you are getting a builder with a good track record.
You may want to check with your estate agent to see if there is an upper ceiling to what homes in the area sell for.
It wouldn’t make much sense to spend £70,000 on a new conversion when your house is worth £200,000 and the upper ceiling to houses in your area are selling for £230,000.
Sure there is a chance that you can sell your home for more, but there’s also a chance that you could lose a lot of money.
2. Add an Outhouse
Adding an outhouse, shed, or garage to your home is a much cheaper way of adding space to your home without spending thousands.
Outhouses, sheds, and garages can all be used to add more storage to your home in a much more convenient way.
Once again if you consider this route you should get quotes from local builders to see what price you should expect to pay.
3. Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter in the home makes our homes look smaller than it is, and because we have all been at home during the lockdowns the clutter can slowly get to us.
To make your home look and feel bigger than it is you should aim to get rid of as much clutter as possible. This could be anything from putting small items back into their draws or getting rid of items you haven’t used in years.
When I was going through and sorting out my home earlier this year I noticed most of my closets and cupboards were filled with junk that I hadn’t used.
One of my biggest closets was filled with old pictures and VHS movies so instead of leaving them there taking up vital space, I used a company called Digital Converters to take the physical copies of my items and put them on a USB for me.
I was then able to condense all of the items in this cupboard so I could store more of my items in there. It’s surprising how much you can acquire over the years so be sure to look in your cupboards for items you no longer use.
4. Be Smart with the Furniture
The choice of furniture that you use in your home is going to determine how your home feels. Small homes should have the least amount of furniture possible so you can get the most out of the space in your home.
Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the budget for buying new furniture that fits in our home so if you have furniture that doesn’t fit you are going to need to redesign the layouts of your room.
5. Hire A Self Storage Unit
Other than moving your home your final option when it comes to saving space in your home is to hire a self storage container.
Self-storage used to be expensive years ago but with them popping up everywhere and competition becoming more fierce it has driven the price of storage units down.
When hiring a storage unit be sure to check the terms and conditions for the time you are renting the unit for, any mentions of price increases, and the business’s time of operation.
Storage is a great option for those who don’t have any more room in their homes but don’t want to move either.