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Extension vs Moving House – What to Decide?

Perhaps you’ve outgrown your existing home or your home isn’t working as well as it could. The logical solution would be to put your home on the market and start the property search for a larger home. However in most situations moving is not the only option. For many reasons people are often reluctant to move since they like their location and have many ties to their neighbourhood. Upsizing to a larger home can incur many more costs which many often overlook and this can tip the scales in favour of adding an extension to your current home.

Marshall Renovations can manage a comprehensive suite of building services, including building new homes, complete domestic and commercial renovation projects and home extensions Brisbane. In this post we give the reasons to consider moving, and circumstances where a home extension makes the most sense. 

Reasons to Move:

  • When you require a significant increase in floor space including extra bedrooms and living areas. Extending a significant amount of floor space to your home, especially if building upwards can cost more than selling your home and upsizing.  
  • If your floor plan already takes a significant amount of the block, an extension will eat up more of your outdoor area and can affect the way you enjoy your home.
  • If your family is already open to the idea for a change of lifestyle or location
  • If the cost of moving and upsizing are favourable compared to the scope of your extension.

Reasons to Extend:

  • If you already live in a desirable street and suburb that’s centrally located, extending your floor plan outwards or upwards is often preferable to moving. Extra living space in a sought after suburb can quickly add a huge amount of value to your investment.
  • If you need extra living areas extensions can be the best option. Extensions that enhance the way a home is used, with an open plan and flowing floor plan typically add the most value. This is why it’s important to speak with the experts about choosing the right area to extend that makes the most sense from a liveability perspective.
  • If you only need a modest increase in living space or space for a dedicated function, e.g Sunroom, home office, rumpus room extensions can be easily achieved and very satisfying.


  • Not all extensions will add value. It’s essential to plan the extension so it adds to the overall flow of the floor plan.
  • There are other alternatives that can be cheaper than a complete extension including covered outdoor areas that connect with the kitchen or decks for desired additional living space.
  • Extending upwards is more costly than building outwards.

If you love your home but are searching ways to increase the feeling of space in your home, the team at Marshall Renovations can transform your interior with remodelling to create a greater sense of space and can advise on the best options for a home extension.

For a free quote and professional and obligation free advice call our team today on (07) 3342 6675

One thought on “Extension vs Moving House – What to Decide?

  1. we have lived in our home for more than 10years and the kids are growen up,and space is a big issue.We had thoughts on building above our garage as we have a high ceiling,your help would really help us out,we have decided to stay,instead of moving.

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