I’ve written a few posts about moving home – or at least trying to move home – recently. The signs continue to be encouraging and we’ve had more enquiries in the last week than in the last few months put together.
With that in mind, we’ve been keeping a keener eye on the market. And, to be brutally honest, it’s not going to be easy to find what we want in the town we live in – simply because there aren’t many four-bedroom houses.
We live in an area with a higher-than-average population of older people so there are actually more bungalows than houses! As a result, we’re keeping an open mind regarding three-bedroom properties that could be rejigged.
Now, this might seem like a sideways step as we’re selling a three-bedroom property ourselves, but we’ve already done everything we can with ours. However, there are houses near us that can be converted.
For example, we could replace a dining room with a fourth bedroom and, a little further down the line, reintroduce one by adding a small extension or conservatory.
We can’t do this in our current home as our dining room goes straight into the kitchen. Plus our house is L-shaped with not enough room for a conservatory of a decent size.
There are loads of benefits to getting one though. As well as the addition – or, in our case, reintroduction – of an extra room, it could double as an office and provide more natural light. Which, coincidentally are two of my five must-haves in a new home!
Another option would be to convert a garage into a fourth bedroom. We don’t have a car so, given the right property, this could be a no-brainer!
We’ve seen it done locally too. The garage doors have been replaced by a few rows of bricks and double glazed windows. And very good they look too.
Obviously, there’s a little more to it than that, but it’s another way of creating some much-needed extra space.
This kind of additional work might put some people off but not me. I actually quite enjoy looking at houses as if they’re sliding puzzles! It’s just as well as, going back to my earlier point regarding availability, this is what we’ll have to do.
I’ve always thought it odd that moving home is basically about settling when it’s the most expensive thing you’ll ever buy, but it is what it is.
So whether it involves a conservatory, garage or something else, I’m strangely excited at the prospect!
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