With the current housing market, it is increasingly difficult to find a move which suits your budget and to find a buyer for your home.
If this a struggle you have experienced or are currently experiencing, then there are of course alternatives.
While many of us consider moving home to find somewhere with more space than our current residence, we don’t always consider extending our current home.
To show you what you could be missing out on, here are five alternatives to moving house to increase your current space.
For the majority of us who are lucky enough to own a garage, we tend not to use it to its full potential. Instead, we use it as a place to store the sort of tat we are unsure whether to throw out or not.
This is such a waste of a really flexible space and depending on whether you are happy parking your car on your driveway or on the street, can essentially be transformed into anything.
In recent years, extensions such as conservatories and orangeries have become an increasingly popular living space option.
With the development and affordability of quality plastics and double glazed windows, this has become a great way to extend your space and create an entirely new room.
Speaking to extension specialists CM Projects, the explained that “conservatories, in particular, have skyrocketed in the past 20 years”
While traditionally they may have been seen as a divider between the home and the guardian, due to better quality building materials, they are now built for a number of purposes such as living rooms, dining rooms and studies.
One room plenty of us don’t even consider when making the most of our space is, of course, the attic.
Firstly, you must check the size and structural integrity of your attic, but once this is out of the way, it is probably one of the most flexible spaces in any home.
Another surprisingly straightforward way to create more space in your home is to link two rooms by knocking down the current dividing wall.
Obviously, this isn’t achievable for every room because some walls are structurally significant or contain vital gas/electricity lines in them, so ensure you have picked a suitable wall before you pick up the sledgehammer.
The most common room links are between the kitchen and dining room or kitchen and living room.
Either of these options are great because they create a more sociable environment, particularly if you have guests round, who may feel a bit annexed if they spend the majority of their evening in a dining room while you are busy in the kitchen, unable to chat.
There are of course a number of weird and wonderful ways to create more space in your home other than creating new rooms.
This list of 33 from Bored Panda has some fantastic examples ranging from the incredibly expensive to the cheap and achievable.
Our favourites from this include the hammock over the stairs which provides an inventive way of creating a relaxing seating space and also the bookcase staircase, brilliant for those of us who have an extensive book, CD and DVD collections.
Not matter the size and potential of your home, at least one of these options should be available to you, so weigh things up, get creative and enjoy your home.