Is It Worth It to Improve Your Home or Move On?

Homeowners are faced with numerous decisions throughout the years when it comes to their homes and how to manage them. A home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so decision-making shouldn’t be taken lightly. A difficult decision homeowners face is whether to move to a different property or simply improve their current one. improve you home or move on
The answer is never black or white, but we’ve listed the variables that need to be weighed carefully. Your personal finances and the status of local markets are just two issues you will have to consider. Also, think about which improvements give you the most bang for your buck.

Before taking the leap either way, here are some factors to consider:

Thoughts on Selling

  • Current market conditions. Is your area flooded with homes for sale? What is the transaction time from listing to closing?  Is the market lopsided with more sellers than buyers?
  • Local factors. Are there new jobs coming to your city or are companies moving away and jobs decreasing? Will there be an influx of new residents or is everyone trying to sell quickly? Will new jobs bring higher incomes or is downsizing a problem?
  • Your home value. What is your home’s worth? Can you extract from it what you paid or will you sell at a loss? What is the lowest offer you can accept? Will you be able to offer any help with the closing costs?
  • Personal logistics. Can you afford to move to a new house while paying the mortgage and other costs on the first, or do you have to sell first and then move? How long can you continue to pay the mortgage, taxes and insurance on this property?

Insights into Renovation

  • Current market conditions. Will increasing your home’s size or features price you out of the area? Sometimes putting in high-end finishes can make your home worth more than what it will appraise for.
  • Local factors: Are buyers looking for homes similar to an upgraded version of yours in that area? Don’t create a forever home when buyers move to your area for a starter home. It will be hard to make a profit this way.
  • Your home value. You can quickly put in too many renovations and create a home that is worth more than what the area dictates. Take that into consideration when planning your remodel.
  • Personal logistics. If you ever plan to sell, these are things to consider. However, if you feel that you’ll stay in your home for years to come, improving your property might be a wise move.

There’s not a magic formula to determine the right steps for every homeowner, but using a local real estate professional can be a great start. They know the markets and can explain the best options for you.

Is This Your Situation: Should I Buy a Home That Needs Repairs?

If you’ve found your dream home − in the area you want, with a big kitchen, three bedrooms and more − is it worth it to buy if the home needs a little TLC? The answer differs depending on the type of repairs, the neighborhood and more. Keep reading to find out if putting an offer on a home that needs repairs is the right move for you.home improvement

Are the repairs just cosmetic?

Don’t get confused between a fixer-upper and a house that just needs some minor, mainly cosmetic, repairs. A fixer-upper usually has a very cheap purchase price because the new owners will have to put in so much elbow grease to get it to livable condition. However, cosmetic repairs are another ball game. These are small tasks like painting, changing the carpeting or installing new cabinetry. If the home you’re interested in only needs cosmetic repairs, it may be worth the money because you’ll get to customize the home a little bit, and the seller might be offering a discount because the house needs a little TLC.

Check the inspection report

Get an inspection report before you buy. Maybe the seller told you that all the house needs is a fresh coat of paint and a little landscaping; but the inspection report could alert you to bigger problems that the seller either doesn’t know about or hasn’t disclosed. If the inspection report mentions foundation issues or that a new HVAC system is needed, this is not the kind of project you want to get into if you’re not prepared.

Will you get good ROI after the repairs are complete?

What kind of neighborhood is the home in? If it’s in a decent neighborhood, close to schools and parks, or if the neighborhood is up and coming, it might be worth buying a home in the area because the value will increase over time. It’s worth it to take on some minor home repair projects for a house in a desirable neighborhood.

Do you have the time to devote to this project?

If you weren’t previously planning on purchasing a home that needs minor repairs, make sure you have the time and patience to put up with the items that need updating. If you have a busy job or kids with demanding schedules, moving into a home that isn’t move-in ready could be stressful. Also, be prepared for loud noises and a little debris if you hire workers or plan to do repairs yourself.

Are you getting a deal on the home?

One of the most important factors is the type of deal you’re getting on the home. If it’s not move-in ready, what’s the incentive to do the repairs and updates yourself? If the seller isn’t offering an allowance for you to do the repairs or isn’t selling slightly below market to incentivize buyers, what’s the point?

Look into a 203 (k) loan 

If you find a home that you’re serious about but that requires minor or major repairs, look into financing through HUD’s 203 (k) loan. This type of financing allows you to finance the purchase of the home and the necessary improvements without having to seek multiple loans. Visit HUD.gov to learn more.

If you’re on the fence about making an offer on a house, call us today and we’ll help you decide if a home that needs repairs is the right option for you. Or if you have other questions about the home-buying process, we’re here to guide you!

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Creating a Wonderful Master Bedroom Suite…..

Creating a Master Bedroom Suite!

Going from “master bedroom” to “Master Bedroom Suite” has become one of the most popular home remodeling projects in recent years.

Here’s what to do, and what NOT to do, when taking on this booming bedroom project.

Most newer homes are built with master suites.Older homes require extra space for expanding and remodeling a master bedroom. If you have an older home and considering giving up an adjacent bedroom to find the space,  Remember that more bedrooms mean Higher Value of your home and think carefully before reducing the total number of bedrooms in your home.  “If you have a three-bedroom home and merge two of those rooms to create your master suite, you may severely limit the marketability and general appeal of the home,” says appraisal expert Dr. Donald Moliver, director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. So, the What not to do is to not loose a bedroom to make your Mast Bedroom Suite bigger!

An addition has it’s reward by giving you more Square footage, but also costs more and takes more time.

You can expand your Castle or make better use of the space you already have to create your Master Bedroom Suite!

Your Master Bedroom Suite will consist of a Sparkling Bathroom, Great Closet space and Wonderful sleeping Space!

This Kind of Home Improvement adds Value to you and to your home!

Bob Idakaar of Bobs Homes whole hardheartedly agrees!

For all your Real Estate needs, please reach out to Bob Idakaar via email at Bob@BobsHomes.net or 973-713-2377

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Some ideas by Home improvement evangelist Tom Kraeutler     from the Money Pit