Renovating your Old House or Buying New: Which is Better?

You have lived in your home for a while, but you now have to move. You might consider a move or renovation after outgrowing your current home. There is no definite wrong or right answer when choosing between home remodeling and buying a new home. Analyze the following factors when weighing purchasing a new home versus remodeling.

Analyze the Location

You can replace a floor plan, flooring, or kitchen cabinets.

However, you cannot fix the location. When deciding whether to buy a new home or renovate your current one, consider the proximity to essential amenities. For instance, new home sites may have neighborhood malls, pools, or greenbelts that lack in older neighborhoods.

Also, some cities have fees on special parcel taxes besides property taxes. Therefore, compare the tax situation for your current location and the location you are considering.

Realistic Budget

A realistic budget is essential when deciding whether to renovate your old home or moving into a new house.

You need to budget accurately for your renovation project and the cost of buying a new home. Involve a remodeling expert and discuss your renovation goals so that you get a realistic budget.

Also, talk to a real estate agent to understand the cost of purchasing a new home that meets your needs and preferences. You can then compare the two budgets and make an informed decision.

The Need for More Rooms

Some homeowners base the decision to renovate or buy a new home on the need for additional space.

You can avoid constructing a new home by designing a smarter layout that adds extra space without the need for additional square footage. However, you may consider buying a new home if your current one fails to accommodate increased space needs.

In such a case, it would pay to consult a real estate agent to get a selection of luxury houses in Ft. Lauderdale.

Saving on Energy

Generally, new homes are more energy-efficient than old homes.

Most old homes are either not well-insulated or have toxic insulation materials. You can remodel your old house to modernize it and install energy-saving mechanisms. However, it would be best to prepare for additional costs and unexpected work, like purchasing new home appliances.

If you feel that upgrading an appliance in your old home is not worth the investment, you may consider buying a new home.

Building Codes

Homeowners often have a misconception that older homes are better than modern ones because they meet standard building codes. 

However, the notion is not entirely true for all old houses. Some modern homes use quality building materials. You can conduct a home inspection to understand the state of your old home, such as the electrical system, roofing, and sewer line.

With that knowledge, you can then decide to renovate the old home or buy a new one.

Bottom Line

There is no easy answer when it comes to renovating your old house or buying a new house.

Hopefully, the factors above will help you to decide whether it’s worth buying a new home or not. Whichever the decision you make, make sure you get appropriate professionals, paperwork, and finances lined up before proceeding.


Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell is a father, martial artist, budget-master, Disney-addict, musician, and recovering foodie having spent over 2 decades as a leader for Whole Foods Market. Click to learn more about me

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