When you see a pre-loved home that you’re interested in buying, don’t immediately assume that it’s perfect the way it is. Whether you want to configure its living space to host parties with guests or you need the perfect kitchen that can help you prepare and cook your family’s meals, you need to consider a renovation for it to suit your needs and preferences. More often than not, no pre-built home is perfect right away upon purchase.
So, should you remodel first before moving in or wait a few more months? If you’re not sure which to choose, here’s what to consider:
When you decide to remodel your new-to-you home before moving in, you should be aware that it will take time and expert workmanship to ensure it gets done properly. Depending on what your plans are for your home, it can take a few weeks to a few months! But then again, it’s often recommended that you do the renovations first before moving in if you’re planning a major overhaul of your home. This includes replacing the roof, siding, windows, doors, and most of the interiors.
You also shouldn’t move in right away if you’re planning to expand the home’s living space by building one or several home additions on the property. If you’re going to greatly expand the existing living space, it can be difficult to navigate through your home with all the construction and renovation work going on. As such, you’ll likely have to consider temporary living arrangements until the renovations are complete.
Sometimes, it’s better to live in your new-to-you home before calling your trusted remodeler. Some contractors also recommend living in your home for a while so that you get to know it better. This is because it gives you a better handle on its living space and helps you determine what needs to be changed in it to suit your lifestyle. Waiting for a few months also gives you an idea of how much you’ll need to spend for the upgrades.
When you decide to live in your new home first, you can also take note of some of the original details you want to retain before you remodel. You’ll also know the foot traffic choke points in the living space that can be redesigned. It’s also easier to determine which rooms can have enough space for additional cabinets, closets and other types of storage. Even certain details that you initially decided to get rid of may not be as problematic as you think, and if you decide to keep them, you save money on your remodeling project!
Whether you choose to remodel your home before moving or after moving in, it helps to work with a remodeler who respects your choice and has a streamlined process that can help ease or remove the issues related to renovating a new-to-you house. And as a trusted name in historic restorations, you can always count on the excellent services offered only at Cottage Industries, Inc.! Give us a call at (610) 293-9750, or fill out our online request form to get started.