How to get the home of your dreams – whether to move or improve

There’s always a balancing act to be had with the decision between moving house or improving the home you’re in. Will you make your money back when you go on to sell? Can you do the improvements you want within planning permission? Can you face the months of builder’s dust?

The topic has been brought into even sharper relief over recent months due to the pandemic. More time spent at home means more time to think about what we really need from where we live. Do we now need a home office? What about somewhere for the kids to do their homework? Is there space to be apart when it’s needed – but also space to come together with family and friends once it’s allowed again?

Of course, two things which can’t be changed with a makeover are location and the size of plot – if that’s a major issue with where you currently are, moving is the only option. We happen to know a very good removals company, if that is the case!

But with house prices sky-rocketing after lockdown eased, and time running out to make the most of the stamp duty savings, many people are considering extending or renovating over a move, at least until the market settles down once again.

A report out a few weeks ago from Hamptons International revealed that there are 10 local authorities where the value added by an extension will outstrip the build costs for the first time in 2020. Up until that point, in those locations, it was unlikely you’d get your money back when you did look to move. But this now means that in three quarters (73 per cent) of England and Wales, someone extending their home is likely to make their money back when they sell.

Reassured the renovations will one day pay for themselves, one of the trends driving the need for more space is multi-generational living. From adult children returning to the nest to save a deposit for a house of their own, to older parents needing additional support, this can make remodelling a house the most practical solution in many cases.

At McCarthy’s Storage World many of our customers are changing how they use their home or looking to extend to create the property they want and need. For some, they may be having work done and need to clear out rooms to enable the builders to get to work. For others, utilising self storage can be a more permanent solution. Perhaps they’re converting a garage or loft to create more space, but still need somewhere to store those bits and pieces. Our self storage facilities in Leeds, Harrogate, Wakefield, York and Huddersfield are ideal – you can gain access whenever you need to, but the rest of the time your belongings are kept safe and secure by us.

It could even be you need to temporarily change the usage of a room – perhaps a dining room is becoming a downstairs bedroom for an elderly relative, or a spare room, currently used for hobbies, is becoming a bedroom and place to work for a son or daughter returning home. Self storage can provide a useful and safe location to keep items when a room needs to be repurposed.

Whatever your storage requirements, we can provide a unit to meet your needs, and with ample parking and easily accessible West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire locations, you’ll be enjoying more space at home before you know it. Maybe it’s time to create that kitchen diner or man cave you’ve always dreamed of!