If you are thinking about moving to a larger home from an apartment, small starter home, etc, are expanding your family, making more money, or any other reason, here are some pros and cons of moving to a larger home.
More space than you know what to do with: One of the biggest reasons people decide to move is because they need space. If you have been living in something very small for quite some time now and feel like you can’t find enough room for all your stuff— moving may be the right option. It can open up doors that weren’t previously available, such as creating extra rooms for office spaces/hobbies or having their own bedroom to escape to for a little bit of alone time.
Off-street parking… If you’re living in a city or are in proximity to one, you may be relegated to parking on the street vs. your own driveway or garage. This was a huge pro to me because I didn’t have to move my car for street cleaning on alternate days every week, and accidentally getting a parking ticket once or twice a month.
You’ll Stay Put Longer
Less moving: One of the main reasons moving is such a pain is because it takes up so much of your time and energy. If you make moving out of something smaller into something larger, you may need less moving overall (friends/family willing to help, moving company’s services, etc).
The Cost of Moving
Moving costs more: The bigger the move the more moving costs. We all know that we can hire movers or move but if we don’t have enough money and want to save as much as possible, moving could be a good option- especially if we can get friends and family members to help us with it. It may take longer though.
Public Transit or Lack Thereof
Limited public transit: Depending on where you’re moving, finding a large place to live may mean that public transportation is limited. If you don’t have your own car this could be a problem. You can always buy or rent one though and it shouldn’t be too much trouble.
For instance, a larger home many times means a larger lawn to mow. You may want to take this into consideration when making your move. The typical Saturday lawn maintenance routine can take anywhere from an hour to several hours depending on your lawn size. If you’re looking to spend more quality time with your family in your downtime, this may be a deterrent to you.
Your proximity to convenient shops, restaurants, etc may be limited. Moving to a larger home many times means moving to the suburbs for a better lifestyle. However, if you’re one that likes to walk the streets, frequent local shops, restaurants, and hang out at the local coffee shop, you may find yourself jumping in the car for a commute to do so rather than leaving your downtown home or apartment for a stroll up the street to do so.
Overall moving to a larger home sounds like an ideal idea but there are definitely some downsides as well. Renting something bigger than what you need until you make more money or moving into something smaller and comfier if these downsides outweigh the pros in your mind.