Renovating vs. Moving

Renovating vs. Moving

  • Annie Junker
  • 04/29/24


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Renovating vs. Moving

Deciding whether to move or renovate depends on various factors, including your financial situation, lifestyle preferences, location, and the condition of your current home. Here are some reasons for both options:

Reasons to Move:

  1. Space Requirements: If your current home no longer meets your space needs, such as a growing family or needing extra rooms for work or hobbies, moving to a larger property may be necessary.

  2. Change in Location: You might want to move to a different neighborhood or city for better job opportunities, proximity to family, or access to amenities like schools, parks, or public transportation.

  3. Cost of Renovation: In some cases, the cost of renovating an existing property, especially if it requires extensive work, maybe comparable to or even exceed the cost of purchasing a new home.

  4. Desire for a Fresh Start: Moving can provide a fresh start and the opportunity to find a home that better aligns with your current lifestyle, tastes, and preferences.

  5. Infrastructure and Maintenance: If your current home requires significant repairs or updates to its infrastructure (plumbing, electrical, HVAC), moving to a newer property with modern amenities and lower maintenance needs may be more practical.

Reasons to Renovate:

  1. Emotional Attachment: If you're emotionally attached to your current home, perhaps due to sentimental value or years of memories, renovating allows you to preserve that connection while still improving the property to meet your changing needs.

  2. Cost Considerations: Depending on the extent of renovations needed and the current real estate market, renovating your existing home may be more cost-effective than purchasing a new one, especially if you can increase the value of your property through strategic upgrades.

  3. Customization: Renovating allows you to customize your home according to your specific preferences, whether it's redesigning the layout, adding personalized features, or incorporating eco-friendly elements.

  4. Community and Familiarity: Renovating allows you to stay within your current community, maintaining relationships with neighbors, and retaining familiarity with local amenities, schools, and services.

  5. Environmental Impact: Renovating an existing home often has a lower environmental impact compared to building or buying a new one, as it reduces the need for new construction materials and preserves existing structures.

Ultimately, the decision to move or renovate depends on your individual circumstances, priorities, and long-term goals. It's essential to carefully weigh the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.

If you have been thinking about moving or renovating, I would love to have a conversation on what would make the most sense for you. Call, text, or email and I would be happy to sit down and talk with you!

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It is my responsibility as your REALTOR® to ensure that when others around you are lowering their expectations, this becomes the time for us to switch gears and discover how to leverage the market effectively to achieve your goals.

If you would like to know more about the current market, or if you have any general real estate questions, call or text me on my cell phone at 804-350-0879 or you can email me at [email protected].

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Additional resources
We are select partners with REALM and Leverage Global Partners. What does this mean for you as our client? If you are looking to relocate or buy a second home in an entirely different city (or on a different continent!), Small and Associates has you covered. As a member of these exclusive networks, we work with other like-minded agents and to put you in touch with the right REALTOR® outside of the Central Virginia area. If you or someone you know has been considering a unique move, let us be your guide.
To learn more, click the links below:
In addition to being a partner to two exclusive global networks, I am a proud member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and am a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist. This means that I will market your property to the highest standards with access to the latest trends in the industry. I am the only Real Estate professional in the Central Virginia area with this designation!
Are you interested in buying a second home but, aren't ready to fully commit to another property? As a part of our partnership with REALM, we can direct you to properties all over the world with Pacaso. Pacaso is Luxury Co-Ownership where you have the ability to  own a second house for 1/8 of the cost. Click here to learn more and to start shopping!
Are you looking for your own slice of "La Dolce Vita"? Small and Associates has the connections to make it happen. We have personal contacts with firms in Italy and would be happy to help with your home search and make an introduction!
Client Testimonial: Click the link below to hear from Sarah Merriman, a client of Chris Small. Thank you for your kind words Sarah! It's always been an honor to help you with your Real Estate goals.
Client Testimonial from Sarah Merriman
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