Remodel or Move

Remodel or move


When you should consider remodeling.

  • You really like your neighborhood (good schools, close to work, near a park, etc)
  • You really like your lot (it has large trees or is large, etc). New construction lots are typically 5000 square feet or less and have few or no trees.
  • You are not the largest home in your neighborhood.
  • You don’t mind remodeling and the thought of it is exciting.
  • You plan to live in your home for at least 3-5 years (longer for major remodels like additions).
  • Your home has a good floor plan.
  • You want your home to be exactly what you want.

When you should consider moving

  • You don’t really like your neighborhood
  • You have a very long commute
  • You are not handy and don’t want to take on a remodel.
  • Your home is the largest or nicest in the neighborhood already
  • You aren’t going to live in the home for very long
  • Your neighborhood is made up of similar homes and can’t support a large change in a home such as an addition.
  • Your home has conditions, covenants, or restrictions that would not allow a remodel that you want or your home can’t meet building setbacks with a remodel.

How to decide what to do.

In order to decide which is the better choice for you, you need to know

  • What your home would currently sell for on the market and what it would sell for with the remodel complete. You want to make sure you do not over-improve your home for the neighborhood.
  • What your replacement house would cost.
  • The costs of remodeling. You would need to get some realistic quotes (add 10% to the quote for unexpected issues that come up) from contractors. If you are handy and plan to do some of the work yourself, your costs go down.
  • Can you afford it? Most people believe that any money they spend on a remodel, they will get a 100% return on money spent. Remodel/upgrade projects range from 50%-117% return.

While it might seem that it is not worth it to remodel, moving is not free nor inexpensive. Call us for assistance in determining what would be a good choice for you.

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