Do you think
it’s time to IMPROVE your home?
People and families change over time. Certain needs and wants evolve. As
children grow, often both they and the parents feel a need for separate spaces
to watch TV, game or just hang out. That might mean a need for a great room
addition or a finished basement. Families also enjoy entertaining friends which
often creates a desire for a bigger, nicer kitchen and possibly an inviting
outdoor living space. Families expand with additional children or other family
members joining them. This might require bedroom additions, a master suite
addition or an in-law suite.

Projects
like these are tens of thousands of dollars. Larger projects or multiple
projects often well exceed one hundred thousand dollars. Now you must enter the
following considerations:

  • Do we have the cash? Should we liquidate some of
    our assets? Should we seek a renovation loan?
  • Will we be over improving our home and pricing
    ourselves out of the neighborhood?
  • How long do we plan on staying here?

Faced with
these questions, one should also consider whether to MOVE instead. That would mean doing all the minor repairs that the
house needs and many cosmetic updates so that it will show well when listed for
sale. De-cluttering and staging are almost always a suggestion of professional realtors.

While
readying to sell your home, you will be seeking for possible homes to purchase
that have the size and features that your family needs and desires. The fiscal math
is not as simple as sell for “x” and then buy for “y.” Here are other expenses
that may need to be factored into your financial equation:

  • Real estate fees
  • Lawyer fees
  • Closing costs
  • Professional services such as a home inspector
    and title insurance
  • Moving expenses
  • Possible need for new/more furniture and
    decorating

After that, there
are some other unknown variables:

What are the
neighbors like?

  • Friends for the kids?
  • Traffic?
  • Parking?

When you’re
not sure which to do, you should consult with professionals. MOVE or IMPROVE in NJ is compromised
of realtors and project designers that work together with families faced with
these same options. The process is similar to the HGTV show “Love It or List
It” only tailored to the real world where the decision needs to be made up
front and not at the end of a major renovation at the end of an episode.