Starting to feel like you and your family are living on top of each other? Check out these seven signs it may be time to upsize the family home.
It’s 7am on a Monday morning and already your house is in chaos. The kids are squabbling over who should shower first, and you’ve tripped over a wayward basketball twice.
While some homeowners make a conscious decision to upsize the family home, others put it off for as long as possible.
Unfortunately, this can have disastrous consequences for the functionality – and sanity! – of your household. Here are seven signs it’s time to upsize.
Does it feel like your family is living on top of each other? It may be time to upsize. Picture: Kate Griffin
1. You have to shower in shifts
Allotted shower times are fine when you’re a twentysomething with a housemate. But when you add a spouse and a couple of kids to the mix, you’re in for a whole heap of stress.
If your kids are routinely banging on the bathroom door, screaming at each other to get out, consider upsizing to a house with two or even three bathrooms (including your own en suite). Happy days will ensue.
Read more: 5 questions to ask before upsizing your home
2. Your kids “outsource” social activities
Your little backyard seemed so charming when you first moved in. In fact, you have fond memories of looking out the kitchen window, watching your children play.
Sadly, the square patch of grass just doesn’t cut it anymore. If your kids would rather hang out at their friends’ houses, or in local parks, consider purchasing a property with a bigger backyard (preferably with a pool). A generously sized deck could also come in handy for kids’ birthday parties.
3. You dread having house guests
Making your mother-in-law sleep on a blow-up mattress in the living room was okay for a while, but now you’re just embarrassed about it.
If the thought of house guests makes you squirm, consider upsizing to a house with a proper guest bedroom (complete with a proper bed!). In addition to pleasing the in-laws, the room will get a good workout from kids’ sleepovers.
4. Your house looks like a garage sale
Sporting equipment, schoolbooks, piles of laundry… There’s just so much stuff. If you’re constantly struggling to organise the contents of your house, you may need more room.
When upsizing, look for a house with designated areas, including a proper laundry room and a decent-sized study nook. Aim for something with lots of storage.
Desperately dreaming of a parent’s retreat? Picture: Getty
5. You’re starting to resemble The Simpsons
Family bonding is important. But when your entire family is crammed onto one couch, a la The Simpsons, consider purchasing a house with several living areas.
Teenagers’ or parents’ retreats are an ideal option. Imagine: you and your spouse watching a movie at one end of the house, while your kids entertain themselves at the other end. Bliss!
Read more: A beginner’s guide to refinancing
6. You can’t have nice things
When you have one living and dining area, it’s a free-for-all. Glass vases and expensive cushions are mixed in with gaming consoles and school projects.
This is problematic for two reasons. Firstly, it means your best things are at risk of being damaged. Secondly, it detracts from the overall look and feel you’re trying to achieve.
If you dream of having a “good room”, which you can proudly show off to your friends, consider buying a house with several different zones. This should include a kids’ zone, complete with a games room.
7. You no longer look forward to coming home
No one wants to go home to a cramped, cranky household. Your home should be your sanctuary; the place you retreat to after a long, busy day.
If you no longer look forward to walking through your front door, then it may be time to move. A bigger home will make for a happier, more harmonious family.