You Probably Need to Remodel Your Home – And Why

bathroom remodeling corpus christi can come in various shapes, sizes and levels of complexity. It may be as simple as painting a room or as complex as adding a second story onto your home. Statistics show that the average person moves once every six years, so why go to the time, effort, expense, and, sometimes, aggravation of a home remodel? Families consider remodeling for a variety of reasons.

  • They need more room for an expected addition to the family.
  • The house is older and they want to update its interior and/or exterior.
  • They want a place for the teenagers to be with their friends, separate from Mom and Dad.
  • They need a place to store their boat or they just need more storage, period.
  • Loans for New Construction are not available.

The list is as long and as varied as there are homeowners but in each case they had to decide if remodeling versus moving to another home was the right answer for them.

When considering whether to remodel or move, there are several factors you will want to think about. With your family, consider these questions.

1. If we moved, what additional costs would there be over and above the cost of the new home itself? According to the American Homeowner Foundation, selling your home and moving typically costs about 8-10% of the value of your current home. Much of this cost goes to moving expenses, closing costs and a real estate broker. So any comparison to the cost of a remodel would need to take this into account.

2. How important is your current location to you and your family? It is not very likely you will find a new home in your same neighborhood and school district. Moving to another neighborhood could change the schools your children attend as well as impact your daily commute. If staying where you are is important to you, then remodeling may be the answer.

3. How much room is there on your current lot? If you need to add a room, you will need to take into consideration what space there is on your land and if there are any setbacks or easements that could limit your usage. If you were thinking of adding a second story, you will need to check for any height restrictions in your area.

4. Do you have any time constraints? If your decision to either remodel or move is driven by, say a new addition to the family, you will need to determine if the remodel or a move are most likely to meet your timetable.

5. How long do you plan to stay in your home and if you remodel and what will it do to the value of your home? The general rule of thumb is that any remodeling project that brings your home’s value up to the neighbor’s is a worthy investment. Real estate experts recommend that a remodeling investment not over-improve (raise the value of your home) more than 10-15% above the median sales price in your neighborhood. If you over-improve, you will have to hope that when you sell your home, you can find a buyer who likes what you have done, loves the location and is willing to pay your price.

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