The internet is saturated with articles that tell you how to downsize. After all, a large percentage of the population downsizes at some point for financial reasons, or simply because they no longer need so much space. What about the people actually upsizing? What if you are finally getting out of that studio apartment and into a two-bedroom house? How are you supposed to leave money in the budget to buy things you will need if you are not quite sure what these things are?
Do You Need to Upsize?
Before you start searching for a new home, you should make sure you really need one and that the timing is right. Everyone gets bored with their place sometimes but deciding to move somewhere bigger when people are being laid off at work is not a good idea. However if you just received a promotion or a raise and have job security, by all means, treat yourself to more space. A growing family is a common reason for upsizing too. Maybe all your family and friends live out of town and they are forced to stay in a hotel when they come to visit. Upsizing to a home with an extra room would mean they could stay in your guest room.
Find the Perfect Home
If you are like many others, when you get it set in your mind that you are ready to move, you want it done immediately. However, rushing into a decision could leave you with regrets. Make a list of what you need and want in a home. When you go to open houses or look at rentals take the time to really examine everything from the water pressure to the sealing around the windows. Most importantly, visit the neighborhood a few times before you settle on one. A neighborhood could seem very peaceful on a Sunday morning but could be full of parties on a Friday night or kids screaming on a Saturday afternoon. If you have children, research the school district and make sure there are nearby parks.
Things You Will Need
When you upsize you need to be prepared to spend some money. This is especially true if you are purchasing a home because chances are good that it will not have appliances. In this case, you may need a refrigerator, oven, washer, and dryer. You may also want to consider a dishwasher, microwave, and air conditioner unit if the house does not have central air.
Unlike apartments that typically have overhead lighting in every room, it is not uncommon for houses to only have lighting in the kitchen and bathroom. Therefore, you will need lamps for every room. Are there window treatments? If not, you will want to add blinds or buy curtains.
You may need more furniture for your home. Most people upsizing need a dining room table, rugs, and wall décor. Of course, you will also need furnishings for spare rooms. Your needs will depend on what you intend to use the rooms for. If it is going to be a guest room, then at least a bed, dresser, bedding, nightstand, and the lamp will get you started.
Do you finally have a yard? If you do not intend on hiring a lawn service, then you will need a lawnmower. You will also need a snow shovel, if you live somewhere that sees a white winter. If there is a deck or patio, you will want outdoor furniture, rugs, and maybe an umbrella. You will also likely want some solar lights to place around your property to increase security. If you plan on planting flowers or a garden, you will need essential tools. Does the waste and recycling company that services the neighborhood supply trash and recycling bins? If not, add these to your list as well.
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