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WWYD: Stay and improve or move for more space?

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NinkyNonker Mon 17-Oct-11 12:19:53

I have posted this in chat but am still trying to figure it out! This'll be long so bear with me while I work this out...

At the moment we live in a house that we love, that is on the market with the aim of sizing up. We have a 14 month old DD, I am pregnant (due in May) and we have 2 dogs.

Our dilemma is whether to move, looking for another bedroom and reception room or whether to stay and do some improvements here. Our house at the moment is a really lovely, characterful 2 bed Victorian terrace cottage, with a great long garden and off road parking. Pros and cons as I see it are:

Pros:
- We love this house
- We don't have a huge mortgage
- We are walking distance to the beach, town centre, amenities etc etc
- Only need one car

Cons
- On a busy-ish road
- Noisy, in the respect that it is all creaky wooden floorboards, stairs off the kitchen so when DD goes down we have to tiptoe round if making drinks etc
- Couldn't put an extra bedroom in, we are in a conservation area so could only do a single story.

In order to get what we need/want from another house we would need to up our mortgage by at least £50k, this is affordable monthly and we can do it on DH's salary etc. However, my/our worry is that the whole financial world seems to be going to hell in a handcart and we really don't want to be maxed out. Staying here would mean we had far more leeway each month to save/overpay the mortgage, have more leisure stuff for the kids etc. But, we would only ever have 2 bedrooms. I guess I'm worrying about interest rate rises and cost of living increases etc, DH earns a good salary and this will go up (I may go back to work at some point too) but I think the uncertainty worries me.

If we stayed we would:

- Do a single story extension, meaning a reasonable sized living room with log burner etc then a good sized kitchen diner which would have room for a full dining table, sofa etc etc. This would incorporate a good sized utility room. Downstairs bathroom , which doesn't bother us.
- Carpet throughout to try to reduce noise and make cosier.
- Nail down creaky floorboards, hang a heavy curtain over entrance to stairs to try to minimise noise travelling.
- Sort garden. It is very ornate at the moment (previous owners) and we would rip it up, turf it etc providing a good sized seating terrace area (would get comfy outdoor furniture etc to make an extra room really), large grassy area for children playing, utility area at the end for workshop, greenhouse, raised beds etc.
- Upstairs would still only be two double bedrooms, but ours is very large so whe the children got older we could swap rooms and they have the large one as play room as well.

This idea really appeals to us, to hunker down and see what happens in the economy etc but I am worried whether we should be stretching ourselves for extra space at the moment when the housing market is low. Will we regret not pushing for a bigger place? Is much more space important? We had never discounted having more than 2 children, but if we stayed here I don't think we would.

Is this a no-brainer and I'm just over-analysing? We're both quite debt averse on the whole so I don't know whether we're being far too cautious.

WWYD??!

Gonzo33 Mon 17-Oct-11 12:24:14

I'd move for the extra rooms. We are in a similar situation except my children are boy (10) girl (20mths). We are selling up.

PorkChopSter Mon 17-Oct-11 12:28:17

What is the school situation like where you are at the moment?

NinkyNonker Mon 17-Oct-11 12:34:39

Not too bad, we are between catchments for 2 schools, one which we would very much prefer. Same with secondary. If we moved we would aim to move slap bang into chosen catchment and hope!

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