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Consider your needs
Most importantly establish your budget and expectations. Consider your family’s needs including the area, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms and your ideal layout, either open plan or separate kitchen and reception rooms.
Think about your future plans, such as whether you will be having any more children or if you are likely to have an elderly parent, nanny or au pair living with you.
Also do your research on the local area, for example if you have young children look at the local schools and their performance tables, catchment areas and class sizes, as well as local playgrounds and sports centres.
Plan your new space
Think very carefully about what each room will be used for when you move into your new home. Upsizing is very exciting and you want to ensure that you are going to make full use of your new space.
If you are moving into a new family home, it is a good idea to discuss if there are certain features that the family would like i.e. their own bedroom, a study or a cinema room. That way, goals can be achieved to keep the family happy whilst utilising all of the extra space in the property. Remember, if you are moving for more space, it should not be wasted or go unused!
Think about furniture
Just because you have the space to fill, does not mean you should overcrowd your new upsized rooms unnecessarily. Be sure to measure your home and seek advice from furniture stores about what pieces would fit nicely into an open plan space or which size dining table would suit a bigger room.
If you are planning on bringing some furniture from your previous home with you, only keep what you love and what will fit well. You shouldn’t be filling up a new home with all of your old things if you aren’t that fond of them anymore. If you are thinking about your budget, then think quality over quantity. A classically designed good quality sofa can last a very long time so it will be a much better investment than lots of cheaper pieces bought just to fill the space.
At Countryside, we aim to create properties that a wide variety of customers will be happy to call home. We have brand new developments such as Beaulieu in Chelmsford and Great Kneighton, Cambridge which offer a range of stunning properties from one bedroom apartments to six bedroom homes and we have a great range of family homes available at developments such as Barrowcroft Green in Standish and Harvard Grange in Little Chalfont (pictured above). Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, we are confident that Countryside has a great new home to suit your needs.
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