8 Critical Questions to Consider when Remodeling or Relocating

Home buying and home remodeling television programs aren’t just a fad; their enduring popularity indicates that they’re here to stay. If you’re among the growing masses of dedicated viewers, you might begin (if you haven’t already) to look around and notice some of your own home’s shortcomings. Inadequate storage, limited cooking space or simply an outdated design might conjure thoughts of one day remodeling your kitchen, bathrooms or living spaces. Or instead, perhaps you’ll begin to consider moving into a bigger or newer home.

Whether you decide to remodel or relocate, your decision will involve plenty of logistics, emotions and, of course, finances. Thoroughly weighing the pros and cons of each option now will help you feel more prepared to act when the time is right.

Start by asking yourself the following questions.

What’s in the budget?

The first step is the most obvious: you’ll need to crunch some numbers to determine what is financially feasible. Remodeling can be a great investment and save you the hassle of moving. But it requires a great deal of patience and flexibility. On the other hand, buying a home can be instantly gratifying, but the true costs of buying (and selling) – such as commissions, closing costs, and moving fees – need to be part of the equation, as that is money you won’t get back

Is it a simple fix that you can do yourself or a bigger project that will require a professional?

Some homeowners are especially handy and want to tackle the job themselves. But most others like having the assurance of knowing a professional – who has the necessary equipment, expertise, and resources – will get the job done right the first time.

What is the current value of your home compared to similar homes in your neighborhood?

If your home is already the most expensive one in the neighborhood, you might not see a significant return on your investment if you remodel. But if comparable home values are greater than your home’s value, you’re much more likely to see a strong return by making improvements

How might your decision impact your taxes?

Remodeling your current home or moving to a new home will have an effect on your property taxes. The change may or may not be significant, so it’s good to keep it in mind.

How might your needs change in the next 3, 5, or 10 years?

A growing family, kids going off to college, an aging family member moving in – all are examples of factors that can significantly impact your future requirements for a home.

The answers to these questions are different for everyone, which is why it is important for you to carefully consider each one while keeping in mind your unique situation. This will help you effectively determine which step is right for you so that next year, you can be confident in your home’s ability to not only survive the holidays but to also keep up with the demands of your everyday life