To Move or Improve?
That is the Question!

A New Year ushers in new resolutions, which often includes changes on the home front, but deciding what to do with it can be tough for home owners, financially and emotionally. Whether your family is growing, your needs have changed, or you are just plain sick of the dated feel of the home, you’re facing a tough decision.  Usually, this question arises suddenly, over a cup of coffee and the morning newspaper, or perhaps as you make your way across the obstacle course of clutter that was once your living room. The reality… your house doesn’t fit your needs any longer, and you can no longer deny it. Which brings you to a hard decision… should you move or improve?

There are a few key things to think about when making the decision between moving and remodeling. In the scope of things, it helps to have somewhere to start the decision process.

Here’s the SECRET to making the right decision…
Figure out what really bothers you about your current home.

What’s the real problem with your home? Is it a bad traffic pattern, lack of a certain room, absence of light? Or, is it something bigger? Is it a bad location, small yard, poor school systems? Analyze how you use your house and determine what features are missing that you want. Changes can often be made within an existing footprint, even without adding square footage. Walls can be taken down, doors removed or changed, and windows enlarged. Home owners who have been in their house for years are often only using certain rooms because of a pattern they established early on.

“Most home layouts don’t adequately use 30-40% of their space,” says Keven Schmidt, “it’s a matter of designing the space correctly, which is truly an art in itself. Reconfiguring the layout in a house allows homeowners to utilize every single square foot of space for daily use! Even though the actual square footage remains the same, it feels bigger.”

Maybe it’s not a space problem at all. Maybe you’ve simply outgrown the neighborhood, kids are grown up and you’re newly empty-nesters? Once you can put your finger on what the real issue is, you will be able to analyze if it’s a problem that can be easily fixed. If the problem is lack of space, location of the home, school district, or something out of your control; perhaps a move is your best bet. However, if you come to the conclusion that the problem lies in a poor layout or the need for a specific room but you love the “bones” of your house, perhaps an improve is in your home’s future.

“It’s hard to see the full potential of your home after you’ve lived in it for so long,” says Keven, “it’s amazing what you can do with remodeling. We worked on a project where we gutted and remodeled about 90% of the home. It was phenomenal… you wouldn’t even know it was the same home after we were done. The truth was that it was in a neighborhood that the homeowner loved and it had good “bones.” They simply wanted to incorporate more high-end furnishings and finishes.”  Check out Project 211 for more on this project.

1628718fx

Project 211 – BEFORE

IMG_2878

Project 211 – AFTER

So, once you’re able to pinpoint what the real issue is… you’ll be able to figure out whether the problem can be solved with some remodeling love, or if it’s simply time to pack up and ship out.

Here’s the truth… Even the best remodeler in town  (wink, wink) can’t provide a solution if you haven’t figured out what the heart of the problem is.
Need help figuring out what the heart of your home problem is?
Let’s chat – I’d be honored to help you make your house a “home” again.
After all, great dreams make great projects.

DreamHouseKevenSchmidt-526x338

Happy New Year!