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Buying a house instead of home improvement


Every family has a picture of their dream house that they wish to live in. The dream home differs from one family to the other based on a couple of reasons such as the design of the house, the location or neighborhood among many other things. Since we live in an ever-changing world with innovations each day, the designs keep on shifting.

As a result, homeowners are once and again faced with a tough decision to make as to whether buy a new house or renovate the existing one to fit their needs. There is no direct answer as to which is the better option. For this reasons, I have compiled some factors that you should put into consideration that will help you to make the decision.

#1. The location
This is the first question you should ask yourself. Is current location ideal for that house you wish to have or will you be forced to relocate? If the location is not perfect, will you move if you sell your house fast.

If the location is okay with you, find out if that house is available or even if the local codes allows you to build one there. Also find out how that house will compare with the others in your neighborhood.

#2. Budget
Budget is the second thing you should consider. Ask yourself how much it would cost to renovate your current house and how much it would cost to buy a new one. The costs may alternate depending on the location since areas with high demand would require you to cough a few dollars more to buy a house.

#3. Current state of your present house
Will your existing structure hold the upgrades you wish to install? For instance, you may be considering adding another story yet your house cannot hold it. In this case, you may only be left with the option to buy a new house.

#4. Reasons for the upgrade.
Ask yourself why do you need to sell you house? The upgrade should be made with a long-term objective to ensure it caters for other issues that arise in the future. For example, if you live in a one bedroom and have two kids, it would be nice to consider expanding to maybe three bedrooms so as to secure your future when these kids grow up.

#5. How will the new house affect your tax payment?
You may find out that the new house will attract higher taxes as compared to what you are paying for your current house. Make sure you are aware of this before making the decision so that you do not face challenges later.

#6. Are you up for the hassle involved?
Whether you are selling your house to purchase another or you are renovating the current one, there are bound to be hassles in both scenarios. First of all, moving is stressful and often creates some form of anxiety of the unknown. Similarly, the renovation has its pack of challenges.

More often than not, it takes way much time than was estimated; this means you have to cope with the dust, noise for a couple of days, weeks or even a month. Additionally, you have to do without some amenities as they are repaired.

It is hard to come to a conclusion as to which is the way forward when it comes to buying a house instead of home improvement. At times, people will do renovation and remodeling of their house just to add value then sell it to buy a bigger house.

The decision will, therefore, depend on what you come up with after weighing the factors discussed above. I hope this article has helped you in making a decision on how to achieve the home of your dreams.


New Home Or Home Improvement

Real estate agents will tell homeowners to look at the “foundation” of a house. Many properties can look very different with some simple renovations but what is the difference between a new house vs. home improvement? Simply answered, it’s the scope of the project.

There are many reasons for updating a house.  a Real Estate Investor may wish to flip and wants to put in a minimal investment for a maximized profit. A homeowner may wish to increase the size of his home instead of moving. Another homeowner may wish to touch up the house before putting it on the market to increase the asking price.

Major Renovations – A major house renovation will involve professional contractors and often will take longer than a week. Additionally, the homeowner would need to work with their general contractor to obtain building permits from the city or town, and get the structural changes approved.

A common house renovation is adding in another room such as a half bathroom. Other major house renovations would be repairing or replacing the foundation, adding in a basement, and adding in a second story. These home renovations impact the structure and integrity of a house, and could require an architect to evaluate the effect on the house’s frame.

Sometimes the property owner will tear down everything except one wall and rebuild a new house that fits into the lot size and city’s zoning regulations. This has become common in urban areas where the original houses were built in the 1950-1970s and the owners want a larger house and less yard. The impact to the value of the property could be major especially if you’re increasing the livable square footage.

Minor Renovations – Often, a homeowner will want to upgrade a bathroom or kitchen to look more modern. This would also involve a contractor obtaining permits, but no major structural changes. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any minor changes. Moving a doorway and removing a wall would be minor house improvement, and would need a professional to evaluate the load bearing beams.

Often a kitchen renovation would include changing out sinks and cabinets. It could also involve converting electric stoves to gas. Another common house improvement would be to convert garage to an office or recreation room. Other common house renovations would be to re-pipe the incoming water with copper as well as replacing windows and doors.

The impact to the property value could be major or minor depending upon the update and the value of other properties in the neighborhood. A gourmet kitchen could improve the enjoyment of the house, but not increase the sale price if the other houses in the area have updated kitchens. Removing walls to reduce the number of actual rooms and converting bedrooms to offices could negatively affect the sale price.

Updates – The most common home improvement is a cosmetic update. It often involves repainting the inside or outside the house and no permits are needed. Another simple update is replacing flooring. Replace carpeting with tile or wood flooring would improve the perception of the house as being more modern and luxurious.
Some house renovations could be tax write-offs. Always verify with a tax professional before writing off the expense.

Finally talk with a local real estate professional about home improvements in the neighborhood. They have the research and knowledge for which improvements increase the sale price when the time comes to sell.