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Should you sell or renovate your home?

Apr 13, 2015 | Uncategorized

Do you remember the first moment you stepped into your home? Perhaps it was love at first sight – a chef’s kitchen that called to you, or that en suite bath of your dreams come to life. Or maybe your relationship developed slowly, with memories growing like your kids’ height chart on a closet door.

What you know now is that you’re considering a break-up.

To sell or to renovate: It’s not an easy choice to make, for sure. But there’s a reason why you initially fell in love with your home, and while selling may seem like an easy option, renovation may actually be the more cost-effective and less stressful choice, ultimately rekindling that romance with your abode.

The thought of a brand-new home that meets your laundry list of “must-haves” is tempting, but before calling that real-estate agent, it may be time to reflect on if that grass is really greener in another neighborhood. First, is your current home market-ready? Most homes require cosmetic tweaking, such as paint or flooring, at the least; there’s the need to pack away many personal items; and – perhaps the most challenging of all – homeowners must keep the house spotless for months at a time (try explaining that to your toddler – or teen, for that matter).

Plus, your next home may bring about complications, too: It may not be in your preferred community, or come with a longer commute. You may need to sink cash into the new home too, if repairs are needed or, worse yet, carry two mortgages if your home takes time to sell – and then cut a four-to-five percent check to each real-estate agent for commissions.

Our advice? Call us first! With Malcarne Contracting looking at the potential your current home has to offer, you could just decide to give it another chance. You may know the answer to your housing needs (a finished basement for the kids’ mountain of stuff) or be open to ideas (your property has some room to build and reconfigure your space). Either way, once you’ve contacted us, there’s no need to make a second call. From start to finish, our experts have the tools to make your home even better than what the market has to offer, from brainstorming to the final coat of paint, and without ever having to pack a box.

In any case, if you’re considering a renovation, remodel or addition, we see a common thread with nearly all of our customers: “We wish we would have done this sooner!” Whether you’re planning a project that will keep you in your home for a lifetime or with the thought of a future “For Sale” sign on your lawn, now is the best time to get the most out of it. Don’t wait to make your current address work effectively for your family. At Malcarne, we know homes, and we can point you in the right direction to a layout, addition or renovation that’s perfect.

You and your home? We want to help you work things out – for the long haul.