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Frequently Asked Questions
Should I move or upgrade my Floors and Home?
This is, perhaps, the most important question, so let's give
it some thought.
1. Is Your Home Worth Remodeling?
Aside from immediate costs, you need to consider your neighborhood. Do you like your current location? Are your neighbors the kind of people you'll want to be living around in ten years? Are property values and the general environment improving in your area? If you can answer no to any of these questions, you may want to Buy Used and Remodel, Build New, or Buy New. But, if you do like your current location, you may find that such unused space as formal living rooms and high ceilings where lofts can be built provide more room than you ever thought possible.
2. Buy Used and Remodel? Find What You Want and Customize.
If you're moving to an area where housing is in high demand, it can be tough to find the right combination of features in a neighborhood you like, with good schools, close to your work and so on. One way to broaden your horizons is to look for a less expensive house in a good location that can be customized just the way you want it.
3. But Look Before You Leap
A recent study revealed that on average realtors, like the general public, are likely to underestimate domestic renovation costs by 50 percent! So don't buy a used home on the realtor's guess that it can be "fixed up" for a few thousand. You need an educated opinion by a real expert who is not in any way connected to the sale of the house.
If you're really interested, it may be worth your while to pay a professional remodeler for an estimate (without the realtor present). A second opinion provided by the realtor's "expert" should be considered suspect.
But if you do your research, buying used and remodeling can be more fulfilling than buying a new house. The reason has to do with the basic philosophies of builders versus remodelers. The typical builder's drive to "make it cheaper" results in new homes that may have more room for less money, but they're not all that great to live in.
Remodelers, on the other hand, are driven to "make it better." The remodeler's mission is to improve your home (that's why we call it "home improvement"). The result is a home that feels good to be in, that suits your tastes precisely, a home that really fits.
4. Build New? A Dream Come True?
Especially if you've been living in a house that really doesn't suit your needs, the idea of having one built to your exact specifications can be very appealing. And, if you have the wherewithal, it can be an exciting adventure.
But don't be lulled into overestimating what you can do with the equity in your present home. You can download and print our "Relocation Evaluation Form" (below) to get a rough estimate of the kind of new home you could build with the proceeds from the sale of your current home.
As the example on the Relocation Evaluation Form shows, you'll typically pay an additional 50 percent beyond the sale price of your home to build a house that is the same size as the one you already own. That's because you virtually give away your land and location advantages when you sell a house.
But when you build new, the land you'll build on is anything but free. Land prices in almost all areas of the country continue to rise quickly. Smaller and smaller lots are going for much higher prices. And available locations are getting farther from central businesses and schools.
So re-evaluate what you already have. Before you decide to build, be sure your present home can't be remodeled to suit your needs, and be sure the investment in your new home really improves your style of life. The hard facts are encouraging many would-be new home builders to remodel rather than relocate. It's no longer a second choice, in fact the numbers show it's more than twice as common to remodel than to build new.
5. Buy New?
Cheaper Isn't Always Better. Due to consumers' desire to get more space for less money, new home builders are forced to cut costs any way they can. With land prices skyrocketing, one of these ways is to build larger houses on smaller pieces of land, which makes for very crowded neighborhoods and not much privacy.
Of course the other main way to cut costs is to provide fewer amenities of lower quality. These things may not make much difference when you're just walking through a new home, but you'll notice them more and more the longer you live there. If you're constantly having to replace or repair deteriorating elements of your house, you may wind up questioning the wisdom of giving cost per square foot too much weight in your investment decision.
While you always have a choice of which new home to buy, you usually end up adjusting your lifestyle to your home's design. For many new home buyers this is not a problem, but you should spend a great deal of time thinking about how you would use the space in your new home. Will you ever really use that huge formal living room and entry hall? Is the kitchen laid out right for your style of cooking? Are the double sinks in the master bath really going to work out with your daily routine? Adequate thought given to such things beforehand can prevent growing disappointment a few years down the road.
Location isn't everything, but it is very important. Most new housing communities are some distance from established schools, shopping centers, community centers and places of employment. Though such facilities are often in the plans of the new community, it may be years before they are in place and easy to use. You'll have more time to spend in your new home if it's well-situated for your shopping, school and work needs.
6. Consider your alternatives.
If you find your choices too constrained in the new home market, consider remodeling your present home or buying a less expensive used home and remodeling it. More creative work is involved, but you might find the end result better provides the lifestyle improvement you were really after.
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