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Deciding Between Relocating to a New Home or Remodeling Your Current Space

I am often approached by Homeowners weighing the benefits of moving vs remodeling. Here at Calyx, we take the time to help our customers decide what is best for their families and financial situations. Making the decision to purchase another home or embark on remodeling your current home can be a complex and deeply personal choice. Understanding the details can help you make the best decision for your lifestyle, budget, and future plans. Let’s take a look at the benefits, drawbacks and cost analysis of both scenarios.

The Benefits of Purchasing Another Home

Moving into another home allows you to find a space that could meet most of your needs and preferences. You may be able to prioritize features such as layout, size, location, and amenities to suit your lifestyle.

While moving is undoubtedly a significant change, once you've settled into your another home, you can enjoy your updated living space without the disruptions that can come with remodeling.

Newer homes often come with updated infrastructure, such as electrical wiring, plumbing, and energy-efficient features, which can save you money on maintenance and utility bills in the long run.

Depending on the real estate market, you might find favorable opportunities for purchasing a new home, including incentives, competitive pricing, and favorable interest rates.


The Drawbacks of Moving Into a Another Home

Moving into another home involves various expenses, including real estate agent fees, closing costs, moving services, new furnishings such as furniture and window treatments and potential renovations or upgrades to customize the space to your liking.

Leaving your current home can be emotionally challenging, especially if you've created memories and formed attachments to the home, schools and the community.

Finding another home that meets all your criteria, including location, can be challenging, especially if you have specific preferences or constraints. More often than not, you won’t find a home that meets all of your needs and there will be areas you want to remodel anyway, which will come at a cost.


Cost Analysis of Moving

Purchase Price: The cost of buying a new home will depend on factors such as location, size, condition, and market demand. This includes the purchase price of the property itself.

Closing Costs: These typically include loan origination fees, appraisal fees, title insurance, and other expenses associated with finalizing the purchase of a new home. Closing costs typically range from 2% to 5% of the purchase price.

Interest Rates: Interest rates on new homes are around 7% right now. The increased monthly mortgage costs should come with great consideration.

Moving Costs: Hiring professional movers or renting a moving truck can incur significant expenses, especially if you're relocating a long distance or have a large household to move.

Renovation/Upgrade Costs: While the new home may meet most of your needs, you will still incur expenses for renovations or upgrades to customize the space to your preferences.

Other Expenses: Additional costs may include real estate agent fees (if applicable), home inspection fees, homeowner's insurance, and potential HOA fees.

The Benefits of Building an Addition or Remodeling Your Current Home

Remodeling your current home allows you to tailor the space precisely to your needs and preferences, creating a custom environment that reflects your lifestyle and tastes.

Your monthly mortgage rate and payment will remain the same while increasing the equity and value of your home.

While remodeling can be expensive, it may be more cost-effective than purchasing a new home, particularly if you love your current location and the cost of renovation is lower than buying a new property.

Remodeling allows you to retain the memories and sentimental value associated with your current home while upgrading it to better suit your current lifestyle.

You can remodel your home in stages, tackling one room or area at a time, which can be more manageable both financially and logistically.


The Drawbacks of Building an Addition or Remodeling Your Current Home

Remodeling your home can be disruptive to your daily life, particularly if major renovations are involved. Dust, noise, and contractors coming in and out of your space can be stressful and inconvenient.

Renovation projects often uncover unexpected issues, such as structural problems or outdated wiring, which can lead to additional expenses and delays.

Depending on local regulations and zoning laws, obtaining permits for renovations or additions can be a bureaucratic and time-consuming process.


Cost Analysis of Remodeling

Renovation/Construction Costs: The cost of remodeling will vary depending on the scope of the project, including materials, labor, permits, and any unforeseen expenses that may arise during construction.

Design and Planning Fees: If you hire an architect or interior designer to help plan the remodel, you'll need to factor in their fees into your budget.

Permit Fees: Depending on the extent of the renovations, you may need to obtain permits from your local government, which can incur additional fees.

Temporary Living Expenses: Depending on the scale of the renovation, you may need to temporarily relocate during construction, adding to your overall expenses.


Bob’s Final Thoughts and Factors to Consider

As a builder and homeowner, I encourage you to consider the potential return on investment (ROI) While purchasing a new home in a desirable location may offer better potential for appreciation over time, remodeling can add extensive value to your current home, all while maintaining your current expenses. Remodeling is often more cost-effective in the long term.

To learn more about how Calyx Builds can help you decide if you should remodel or relocate, please visit us at

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