Scraping together the money to buy your own house is harder than ever and if you’ve only just managed it, you probably don’t want to go through the whole process again anytime soon. Chances are, if it’s your first home, you won’t be able to afford anything massive. So, what do you do when you get a few years down the line and realize that you need a bit more space? You can get a valuation done on the house and see whether you’ll be able to sell it for a decent price and buy a bigger place. But upgrading is expensive and it’s not going to be an option if you’re not earning that much money. You might not want to move either; if you’ve managed to find a house you love in a great location then it would be a shame to give it up.
If you find yourself in this situation, you’ve got two options; either you learn to live with the space you’ve got or you make changes to the house and try to increase the living space. The most obvious way to increase the living space is to build an extension but, again, that’s going to be expensive. It’s also a bit of a nightmare because you need the get planning permission before you make any large additions to the house and you might not always be able to do that. But the good news is, there are a lot of changes you can make without planning permission, that will cost you a lot less than building a full extension. Here are some of the best ways to add more living space to your home.
Clear Out Some Stuff
Before you even think about making any changes to the house, you need to ask yourself whether it’s actually necessary. A lot of people think they need more space because they don’t have anywhere to put all of their stuff but that isn’t always the case. Sometimes, it’s not that the space is too small, it’s just that you’ve got way too much stuff that you don’t need. If you’ve got a tendency to collect clutter in the house, it’s going to feel cramped. But if you can get rid of anything that you don’t need and start living a more minimal lifestyle