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4 Bed Houses for Sale

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Buying a 4 bed house is a really exciting step, and a big achievement! The average 3-4 bed properties in the UK was £291,618 in 2020, and looking at just four beds alone is going to be more expensive. Whilst this is quite a lot more than 3 beds, the value is also increasing at a higher rate than smaller homes so you’ll make a juicy turnover when you sell.

4-bed houses for sale


Buying a 4 bed house is a really exciting step, and a big achievement! The average 3-4 bed properties in the UK was £291,618 in 2020, and looking at just four beds alone is going to be more expensive. Whilst this is quite a lot more than 3 beds, the value is also increasing at a higher rate than smaller homes so you’ll make a juicy turnover when you sell.

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Looking for a 4 bed house in the UK is great fun because you have lots of options depending on what you want. A terraced house, detached or semi-detached may be your best option for a 4 bed. The plus here is that they not only benefit from more space but also gardens, lofts and/or basements.

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According to data from 2020, the average 3/4 bed house price is £291,618. House prices have been edging up since then, though rising interest rates and inflation may push down property prices a bit. It varies across the UK, with some cheaper options for mid to large homes available particularly in the North West of England, and the most expensive area for big houses includes places like Winchester and London.
People disagree on how much space we need, but the average probably sits around 200-400 square feet per person. So an ideal 4 bedroom house would be around 800-1,600 sq. ft. According to Home Building and Renovation, you should aim for around 100 - 140m squared (which is roughly 1,076 - 1,506 sq ft.)

3-4 bedroom houses are the most popular size of home in the UK. 4 bedroom houses make brilliant family homes. Not only would that provide a room for each member of the family (plus potential extra bedrooms for a home office, home gym or guest bedroom), you also get additional amenities. 4 bed houses are more likely, for example, to have a garden or porch, a driveway, a loft or cellar, and a shed or “Granny Annex”. All these add-ons make them very popular with families.

Landlords hoping to rent out the rooms may also opt for a 4 bed house, as this kind of large property is popular with sharers and students.

Adding a fourth bedroom to your home should add between 15%-20% onto its overall value. At the size you’re buying and selling, this could be a big chunk of money! So start thinking about whether little Lucy really needs her playroom, or could it be another bedroom whilst you’re selling it? In real terms, the average price added for a 4 bed compared to a three is said to be around £51k.
Some advantages of a 4 bedroom house versus a three bedroom is, obviously, more space! Not only do you get an extra bedroom, but you also will probably have more bathrooms, more outdoor space, a loft or basement, more living space and other perks. A 4 bedroom house also sells for a great deal more money than a 3 bedroom house, meaning you should make a good chunky profit when you choose to sell. This is mainly because there are fewer 4 beds on the market than 3 beds - so demand remains high when supply is reasonably low.

Having a bigger house (like a 4 bed or more) will most likely be more expensive to run. Heating bills will be higher, as it’s harder and more costly to heat up a big space. If the house is detached this will be particularly true, as more heat escapes when there are no shared exterior walls.

Another slight negative is the fact that 4 beds are less readily available than 3 bed houses. This means it might take you a while to find that 4 bed of dreams, plus it could mean a little more waiting if you should decide to sell it down the line. All good things come to those who wait though, and you should receive around 15%-20% more money on a 4 bed than a 3 bed, or an average of £51k in real money terms.

You will also pay more council tax on a 4 bedroom house, versus a 3 bed house or smaller. Of course a 4 bedroom house will be more expensive than a smaller property, which is a downside if you’re on a budget.

If you’re planning on renting out a bigger house, you will inevitably have more upkeep on the property - if it’s a big size with a garden there will be lots of maintenance to do during and in between tenancies. A bigger house means a bigger group, which tends to mean more wear and tear.

Though a bigger house is of course more expensive to buy, you can also yield an amazing profit if you were to rent it out. Renting to a family is a great option, but renting each room separately, or to a group of sharers would be even more profitable. One downside of renting a larger house is the potential for more (and more expensive) expensive maintenance and repairs around the house. Maintaining a garden, flooring, stairs, plumbing and several bathrooms will mean a lot of work and money, but the hope is the reward of extra cash makes it all worthwhile.
Lots of houses have four bedrooms. Though it isn’t common, it is possible to get a large flat or apartment with 4 bedrooms. A terraced house would be the next most affordable option, and you can certainly get a 4 bed terraced house, an example of this would be a crescent house in Brighton, for example, or a Georgian House in the Georgian quarter of liverpool. The most common type of property for a larger group, particularly for 4 bedrooms, are semi detached and detached homes. These make great family homes as they have good privacy, frequently have gardens or lofts, and can have room for expansion as your family grows. They also tend to be in areas in good school catchment areas, due to the high population of families in detached and semi detached homes.
A family looking to buy a house that’s 4 bedrooms or not may be better off looking in the suburbs or rural areas, rather than in inner cities. Inner London, for example, is obviously very expensive for buying a large family house. In contrast, the suburbs around Liverpool and Manchester are cool, lively and allow you to easily commute into the town for work, shopping or a footy match.
4 bed houses are rarer than 3 beds, they go to market less often and are therefore usually snapped up fairly quickly. This is a cyclical issue, as less supply leads to higher demand, and higher demand leads to less supply.

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