Four signs it’s time to upsize your home


Buyers often come to us in search of the ‘dream home’, but what is that exactly? After all, what was ideal 10 years ago may not be the ‘dream’ now.

Whether you’re a second stepper or a first time buyer, the reasons for upsizing your home are vast, but it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. To help you decide whether upscaling is right for you, we’ve pulled together the top four reasons our buyers opted for a larger space.

1. You need space for a pet (or two)

With an estimated 49% of UK households having one or more pets, it’s no surprise that our furry friends factor into our home buying decision. Dogs in particular need a lot of space and a good-sized garden, not to mention the desirability of living near a well-kept park for their daily walks.

In fact our 2018 survey revealed that one in six of renters credited the desire to adopt a pet as a driving force behind their decision to start saving for a deposit. If you’re upsizing for your pet, don’t forget to check out our moving guide for pet parents.

2. You need some private space

In today’s fast-paced world, we all need a little space to relax and escape from the stresses of everyday life. Whether that be a home office, a landscaped garden or a separate living space, we all need a place to call our own. As our families grow, our space can become more cluttered leaving parent’s craving a place free from children’s toys and Peppa Pig reruns.

3. You need more from your neighbourhood

Sometimes we simply outgrow our surroundings. For example, a city centre flat can be the perfect pad for a young, single professional who thrives on the hustle and bustle of city life. As we grow, however, the novelty of a busy high street and buzzing bars on our doorstep can wear off.

Several years later, your priorities may have shifted from nightclubs to ofsted ratings, so now a three-bed semi-detached home that’s a few miles outside of the city is the new dream.

4. Your family is growing

As our families grow, so does our housing needs. Whether it’s the arrival of a new baby, or existing babies growing up, a bigger house quickly shoots to the top of every parent’s wish list. A larger home allows for a much more comfortable lifestyle compared to a smaller ‘starter’ property, which can quickly become too cluttered as the amount of toys and furniture required increases.

For those who have never sold a house before, the process can be overwhelming. Or being trapped in a chain can lengthen the process, causing unnecessary stress for families who are already feeling too cramped in their existing home.

However, there are ways around it for those who need to upscale fast, such as Assisted Move. This initiative enables a smoother moving process, whilst allowing you to reserve your preferred Countryside home – plus, the estate agent’s costs are covered by us!

Living in a cluttered rental home? Help to Buy only requires a 5% deposit and has already enabled over 420,000 buyers to secure their first home, making it an ideal option for families who need more space, but don’t want to pay over the odds on somebody else’s mortgage by renting a larger property.