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Unfortunately, our homes do not always grow with us. What may have initially worked fine for a single person, a young couple’s starter home, or a family with a newborn can quickly become too small as families expand and multiple generations live under one roof.

Remodeling and adding to your home is one option for creating more space, but it can be costly, and the size of your property may be prohibitive. That is when moving to a bigger home becomes the best solution.


The first thought when upsizing your home is to simply consider square footage, bedrooms, and bathrooms. But it is important to take a more critical approach to how your space will actually be used. If you have younger children (or possibly more on the way), then focusing on bedrooms and bathrooms makes sense. But if your children are closer to heading off to college or starting their own families, it may be better to prioritize group spaces like the kitchen, dining room, living room, and outdoor space—it will pay off during the holidays or summer vacations when everyone is coming to visit for big gatherings.


If you need more space but do not necessarily want a more expensive home, you can probably get a lot more house for your money if you move a little further from a city center. While the walkability and short commutes of a dense neighborhood or condo are hard to leave beyond, your lifestyle—and preferences for hosting Thanksgiving, barbecues, and birthdays—might mean that a spacious home in the suburbs makes the most sense. It is your best option for upsizing while avoiding a heftier price tag.




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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Nice message, Elisa. We often hear talk about downsizing, but upsizing is equally important to many. You're right, too -- it's not always about bedrooms and bathrooms, but how space is used. 

Jul 29, 2019 07:58 AM #1
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
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Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070 very good report for upsizing a home.

Jul 29, 2019 03:30 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Elisa- I love your post. Downsizing shouldn't mean you have to shrink every room. As a 55++, I don't need large secondary bedrooms but still want a good sized kitchen and family area. 

Jul 29, 2019 06:19 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                        Thanks, Elisa.

Aug 03, 2019 07:09 PM #4
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Keep home uncluttered has been our focus from day 1.  After decades in the same house we still park our cars in the garage. Grandson in 2nd grade asked what happened to his undersized hot wheel? I did not answer because I took it among others to Goodwill. What has looked cluttered are the things left from last 2 generations. Mom's first boy friend gift from 1930s. Dad's English books sent from his sister from Columbia U in 1926. Grandma's 1910 wedding gift. Somehow I got every deceased realtive photo albums now.

Aug 04, 2019 06:53 AM #5
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070 - moving farther out has been one answer.  Decluttering has also been another.

Aug 04, 2019 07:30 AM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070,

I could fit all my possessions in the back of a PU truck during my move to my first home at 20.  Decades later, I have checked off every box of your post. The last move to my home in Sedona required a 48-foot moving van and a 28-foot van besides packed cars and numerous vans coming to pick up items for charity!  

Aug 04, 2019 07:32 AM #7
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Moving further out from a city can definitely result in a lot more home and space for the money. What works at one point in our life won't work in another!

Aug 04, 2019 08:11 AM #8
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Good information, Elisa.

Aug 05, 2019 11:32 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Elisa:

This is a well-done post with some great advice. "Needing more space" can mean a number of things, as you point out, and it important to talk with sellers about these matters if their are planning to sell in their quest for more space!


Aug 06, 2019 05:52 PM #10
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