Many first-time buyers will start out with a small starter home, which is both suited to their needs and matches their modest earnings at the beginning of their careers. But as you get older theres a tendency for extra possessions to pile up and for extra people to emerge in your life! This made me think; how much does it cost to climb the property ladder in Chichester, with each additional bedroom in the property?
Lets start with a one-bedroom property (typically a flat). The average price for one of these in Chichester is £200,000. As many will appreciate, the first step is often the hardest and thats no exception when it comes to buying a property. The income and deposit youll require to afford even the most modest of homes in Chichester is probably the greatest barrier to getting a foot on the first rung of the property ladder.
Once you do though, and you hopefully rise through the ranks in your chosen career whilst growing your nest, the increase in price to afford an extra bedroom becomes a little easier as time goes by.
The average two-bedroom property in Chichester will cost you £300,000 - a premium of £100,000 (50%) compared to a one-bedroom home.
The average three-bedroom property in Chichester will cost you £425,000 - a premium of £125,000 (42%) compared to a two-bedroom home.
The average four-bedroom property in Chichester will cost you £545,000 - a premium of £120,000 (28%) compared to a three-bedroom home.
The average five-bedroom property in Chichester will cost you £650,000 - a premium of £105,000 (19%) compared to a four-bedroom home.
The above shows that whilst the outright cost is relatively similar, with the jump from a two-bedroom to three-bedroom home costing the most in monetary terms, the comparative growth in percentage terms lessens with each step up the property ladder.
Of course, this price increase isnt just for an extra bedroom. As the number of bedrooms grow, so should the size of the other rooms throughout the house, as well as the outside space and amenities such as a garden, driveway and garage.
It does however demonstrate that its the first few steps that are the toughest on the property ladder, which is why I feel its right that government policies and incentives focus primarily on first-time buyers. Having said that, it would be nice if they also considered that the need for an additional bedroom affects the upsizers at a time when the financial strain (a new child being the most common) is often at its greatest.
Written by Clive Janes, CRJ Lettings; 01243 624599, firstname.lastname@example.org
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