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Should You Renovate or Relocate?

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picture of author, Hometap TeamBy Hometap Team on September 10, 2018

You’re longing for more space—a chef’s kitchen perhaps, or a den/gathering room that can accommodate your growing family. A bigger garage or a guest room for out-of-town visitors. And while you love your home, you know you need a change.

Of course, the right answer will be different for everyone, and can only be determined by you and your family. To help you decide, we’ve gathered expert tips to get you thinking critically about your long-term goals, your finances, and the home that best reflects you.

Should I Renovate or Sell? Do Some Soul Searching

  • Move if your city gives your renovation plans the thumbs-down. Stay if you love your location. Check out’s homeowner scenarios to decide whether to get a new address or improve your existing one.
  • From looking at whether you’ll earn back upfront costs to knowing if you’ll be “overimproving,” Bankrate lists “Seven Ways to Know Whether to Remodel Your Home or Move.”
  • Selling has gotten easier, say the experts at HomeLogic, and renovations have gotten pricier. Their “Should You Move or Improve?” story outlines critical factors every homebuyer should consider.

Take a Quiz and Crunch the Numbers

  • Fix it up—or give it up? Zillow’s 16-question quiz can help you decide.
  • HomeGain’s “Home Improvement vs. Moving Calculator” gives homeowners a good estimate of whether moving or renovating will be the more cost-effective option.
  • On “The Dave Ramsay Show,” financial advisor Dave Ramsay takes a call from a mother of four struggling with whether to move or renovate (and if she should tap into her retirement savings to fund her decision).

Watch the Pros at Work

  • On the ”TODAY” show, Hillary Farr and David Visentin from HGTV’s “Love It or List It” share both renovation and quick-selling tips to help homeowners gain clarity on whether to stay or go.
  • In his “Should I Move or Renovate My Home?” video, real estate agent Patrick Morris walks homeowners through what to consider in the renovate or sell decision.
  • Design consultant Megan Bringman with Kansas City-based firm Schloegel Design Remodel shares design considerations with undecided move-or-stay homeowners in their “Should I Remodel or Move?” video.

When it comes to deciding whether to move or renovate, consider your finances, stress tolerance, family needs, and lifestyle. With clear-eyed conversations and a critical look at your finances, you’ll be able to make the right choice for your family home.

The more you know about your home equity, the better decisions you can make about what to do with it. Do you know how much equity you have in your home? The Home Equity Dashboard makes it easy to find out.

You should know

We do our best to make sure that the information in this post is as accurate as possible as of the date it is published, but things change quickly sometimes. Hometap does not endorse or monitor any linked websites. Individual situations differ, so consult your own finance, tax or legal professional to determine what makes sense for you.

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