Top rea­sons to up­size your home

The Courier-Mail - Home - - HOME - JANE CHUDLEIGH

TRIP­PING over toys, queu­ing for the toi­let and cram­ming things in cup­boards has a limit.

When fam­i­lies re­alise their home has gone from quaint to cramped, it’s time to up­size.

Mackay mum-of-two Kristen Boyd up­sized to a fourbed­room home in the Plan­ta­tion Palms mas­ter­planned com­mu­nity.

It’s the house she in­tends to be her per­ma­nent home, so it had to tick a lot of boxes. Her ad­vice is to take your time look­ing for some­thing that will meet your fam­ily’s chang­ing needs in the years to come.

While her chil­dren are now aged three and five, fea­tures such as a sep­a­rate me­dia room, study nook and en­suite were im­por­tant for the fu­ture.

The com­mu­nity was also well suited to fam­i­lies, be­ing close to su­per­mar­kets, a park and a new high school.

Ms Boyd said an­other im­por­tant el­e­ment was the amount of stor­age space.

“Our old house didn’t have built-ins in ev­ery room,” she said. “This one has built-ins ev­ery­where, and an at­tic, and you’re not living in mess all the time.”

Plan­ta­tion Palms is look­ing to at­tract more upsizers to the devel­op­ment with large blocks eas­ily able to ac­com­mo­date a four-bed­room home.

De­vel­oper Kim Clarke said a new build of­fered a home that a fam­ily could grow into over 10 to 20 years, as well as ways to save bills over the long term.

Many had the ca­pac­ity to fit 5000 litre rain­wa­ter tanks, of­fered en­ergy ef­fi­cient fit­tings and were near public trans­port.

“Homes in some es­tates, like Plan­ta­tion Palms, have re­laxed front set­backs,” Ms Clarke said.

“Homes are built closer to the street, max­imis­ing the backyard and en­ter­tain­ing space for the fam­ily, friends and pets.”

CHANG­ING TIMES: Up­siz­ing your prop­erty now will help to ac­com­mo­date the evolv­ing needs of your fam­ily.

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