Home movers are often faced with a choice between remodelling their new place and rebuilding it completely. Not all movers deal with this dilemma, only those who chose to relocate to a place tagged as “in need of a little love” in real estate listings.
Before making any concrete decisions, there are a few factors to consider, of course. These choices should be weighed in thoroughly because once you made a resolve, there is no turning back. And before you begin to think that choosing between remodelling and reconstructing from scratch is just a cakewalk, let us inform you about the factors that you need to take in consideration.
Sometimes people are not happy with the way a certain house they bought looked and that’s okay. Nobody can stop you from redesigning. But there are questions you need to answer first. For one, you need to know how long will you be staying in that house.
Your length of residence can either make your decision reasonable or unnecessary. If you plan on staying in that place for quite some time, then you can definitely consider tearing it down and reconstructing it.
Construction materials age throughout the time; not to mention appliances. Exterior paint, dishwashers, air conditioners; once they are applied, the clock starts ticking on them. It only takes more than a while before these materials start showing flaws or disintegrating, no matter how good the construction service was, this is inevitable. This is also what makes reconstruction a better option for you if you are set on staying in the house for a long period and selling it after that.
Budget is also, of course, a huge matter regarding house renovations. If you are tight on budget, then you can consider choosing remodelling, which is obviously the cheaper option between the two.
If you can’t afford to shell out all at once, remodelling is still the better choice because you can do it part by part. You can choose one part of the house will be remodelled first, then move onto other areas as time and budget will allow.
Roger Greenwald, a registered architect and builder in New York, said that “the value of rebuilding and tearing down will be about twenty percent costlier than engaging in an extended whole-house remodel. Yet the structural advantages of annihilating and working with a clean slate can be immense: Better fundamental architectural design, clean circulation, all new systems, new and efficient heating and cooling systems, tall ceilings, high-quality windows, and space designed for your personal living patterns placed where you need it.”
On top of all of these, make sure you do a thorough, all-around inspection of the house to assess its actual condition. Another factor to think about is zoning laws which serve as guidelines for the type, size, and location of buildings on any property. Zoning laws can also restrict the height of a new house, so it’s good to know them while you’re assessing the house.