Jul 24 2018 Outgrown Your Home

Jul 24 2018 Outgrown Your Home


Most people think of buying their first home when they get married. They can’t wait to get started feeling like a real family, and they know that a little place to call their own can be the fastest way to get there. Most families starting out, though, struggle with limited resources, and can barely afford a tiny two-bedroom unit. Even so, since a small home can seem perfectly adequate at that point, especially when the alternative is renting, and dealing with the headaches that come with such a lifestyle.

A cute little home can work very well as you only have one or two kids under seven or so. Past this point, it can begin to seem positively cramped. There are likely to be more and more belongings piling up, your storage closets may no longer hold everything that you have, everyone can seem to want to use the bathroom at the same time each morning, and your parents, now much older, could want to spend more time with the kids.

There’s more that can happen to make your home seem impossibly small. Your wife may come up with a great idea for a small home business; and now that the children are old enough to be taken to their activities, a second car would be wonderful if you had space in the garage to put it. 

Unfortunately, our homes don’t always grow with us and can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.

When you’ve outgrown your home, it’s usually very clear. Cramped homes can quickly get on everyone’s nerves, something that can have psychological effects.  That’s when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution.

The move could be simply de-cluttering and remodeling

Sometimes, the feeling that a home is cramped can simply be psychological; at other times, it can be real. Whichever it is in your case, simply getting rid of stuff can make a huge difference. If you find that your home is full of things that you rarely use like clothes, furniture, tools, books and so on — simply getting rid of them can free up space that you might use for the things that you really need. Clearing out attic space alone could allow you to put in two small rooms.  Don't forget to donate to a charity with a good cause!They'll also pickup your stuff and it's a good tax deduction! For a list of my favorites go to TeamDuffy.com/donate

Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive.  The remodeling option costs is usually still less than finding a bigger home but could be just as time consuming.  A good resource I like is Home Advisor and House Logic. Links are on my site TeamDuffy.com/blog


 According to the specialist chartered surveyors Harvey Donaldson & Gibson, it can be tricky selling your home and buying at the same time. To pull off a simultaneous sale and purchase, you will need to sell at exactly the time that you put down money on the new home. You will then have enough to repay your existing mortgage and buy the new home. This is where choosing an experienced Realtor is the key. Alicia Duffy will guide you through a simultaneous move. Give yourself as much planning time as possible. You can contact Alicia on multiple platforms by going to TeamDuffy.com/aboutAlicia or call 214-682-5009


The first thought when up-sizing 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.  Do you have elderly family that might be moving in, then looking for a home with a second master and several living spaces. 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.Image title

Here's a new listing in Plano Texas that would fit the growing needs of a family. With it's mother-n-law suite, multiple entertaining areas, vanities with every bedroom and extremely low maintenance with the lowest utility bills I've seen you won't get that hit for going bigger!  Call anytime if you'd like to view it 214-682-5009 virtual tour at TeamDuffy.com/falmouth

Alicia Duffy



Realtor, Native Dallasite, Home Stager, FormerNurse, Mother…I've seen it all!

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