Avoid Moving By Remodeling

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

Ready to Move? Consider Remodeling Instead

Is your house feeling a bit cramped?

Kitchen outdated?

Need more bedrooms or need an office but don’t have one?

kitchen cabinets remodel
Before photo by Concord Carpenter.

kitchen cabinets remodel

After photo by Concord Carpenter

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), people are now trying to avoid moving by remodeling.  They are turning to builders and focusing on remodeling their existing home as opposed to moving.

Remodeling can be less expensive – the process of selling a home and moving can cost up to 10 percent of the value of your current home.

Avoid Moving By Remodeling

Remodeling also enables your family to stay in a favorite house or familiar neighborhood and school district. And though it can be stressful, remodeling is much easier than moving a household.

In addition, remodeling allows you to customize improvements based on your individual needs and lifestyle. Having lived in the house you often know exactly what is needed for the remodel.

There are many reasons people choose to remodel. You may wish to add more space, upgrade cabinets and counter tops, or improve energy efficiency with new windows, doors and climate control systems.

Remodeling and increased home values:

The Remodelers Council, a part of the National Home Builders Association, suggests remodeling projects that bring the value of your home up to the value of your neighbors homes.

A good rule of thumb is to keep the total of the value of your home before remodeling and the value of the remodeling projects to within 10 percent to 15 percent above median sales prices for a home in your neighborhood. Avoid projects that make your home the most expensive in your neighborhood or different from the other homes, such as a large outdoor swimming pool.

Experts agree that kitchen and bath remodeling projects are the most likely to allow you to recoup their investments.

If increasing your home’s value is a key priority, keep in mind that your keenest competition at resale will be new homes. So get a sense of what these buyers want by looking at the features and amenities found in new homes, such as great rooms and high ceilings.

Source: NARA, ARA

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzzr As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising-the-bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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