Renovating vs Extending: What you need to consider
When it comes to renovating or extending, there are a lot of factors to consider. It is not an easy decision and in the end of the day, your final decision, will have an affect on your lifestyle and your home.
To help make this process easier, as professionals in the field, we have the factors that you need to consider when it comes to making this huge decision.
1: Consider your budget.
How much can you afford? This is your starting point. You have to build your extensions or renovation around how much you can afford to spend. From there, you have to add extra because renovation costs always blow out. Talk with a home extension professional to get a firm estimate of how much you need.
2: Location and room.
You must take into account the size of your property and your land. Some houses will just not have the space to add an extension. You might be forced to add another storey instead of expanding outwards. In times like this, a renovation might be better option. Again, focus on how much your property has.
3: Consider the age of your home.
If your home is old and starting to creak and crack everywhere, then a renovation might be vital to continue its safe and secure lifespan. If your home is in good condition, and there are no renovations needed, extending it does not seem out of the question.
4: Consider your lifestyle:
Are you ready to live in home that is going through extensive renovations or extensions? These types of jobs take weeks to complete and you will have to consider adjusting your lifestyle for a bit. But the best thing about all this, is that your lifestyle will be better off after the extensions or renovations. You’ll find you will have more room, more space and generally be more happier once it is completed. Your lifestyle will improve.
5: Think of your future.
Do you want to have kids or not? Will your family be getting larger? You have to paint a slim picture of what your future is going to look like. If you know that you are going to have children, then it is vital to think what is better for your family. Extensions, if permitted, are better for growing families because of the extra room. While if your life is going to stay the same, then renovating should be enough.