www.remodelormove.com’s A SMART remodel approach to remodeling allows homeowners to embark on a remodeling project and achieve results that are not only less expensive, but that are of much higher quality than many people typically find at the conclusion of a renovation project. A SMART approach to remodeling begins with the question “Should we move instead of remodel?”

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“Move or remodel” is a question all homeowners should consider before launching a remodeling project. Part of your planning will be to evaluate your needs both immediately and a few years down the road. The pros and cons of both remodeling and moving should be considered very carefully.

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Every member of your family should be included in answering the question, “Should we Move instead of remodel?” There will be both emotional and practical aspects of the decision for everyone in your family. www.remodelormove.com offers more than 200 articles to help homeowners examine the numerous aspects of this decision.

One of the early steps in the decision process should probably be a conversation with a local realtor or a certified appraiser about the current value of your home and how the kind of improvements you are considering would affect home value. From a practical point of view, you should consider early on whether a remodel will positively impact the value of your home to the extent that makes the investment in the remodel worthwhile.

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Your decisions to remodel or move should take into account the main reasons people give for choosing to move or remodel. These considerations include:

§ What changes have occurred or are likely to occur in the size of your family?

§ Do you want or need to choose the location of your home based on the quality of the neighborhood schools and transportation provided by the locality? Do you need after-school care? Is that care available in the neighborhood you are considering? How will your children feel about and adjust to a change of schools?

§ How far do you commute to work? Would you be better off living closer to your workplace(s)? Can you locate another home that meets your needs within the same distance from your workplace(s)?

§ How do you feel about the work of remodeling or the work of moving?

§ How do you feel about your current neighborhood? Is it convenient to shopping, schools, place of worship? Is it where all of your friendships are centered? Has it changed in important ways since you bought your home? What draws you to the new neighborhood? What would be the advantages over your current neighborhood?

§ What are the pros and cons of your current floor plan? Do you like it or hate it? Can it be remodeled in ways that will make your family more comfortable or is it beyond what a remodel can accomplish? Can you find another home that offers the advantages you want in another floor plan?


§ Have you invested heavily in your yards and landscaping? Do you love the shade from the big old trees on the property? Do you hope to get professional landscaping or better yards in a new home?

§ Once you understand all of the costs associated with remodeling and all of the costs associated with moving, which option is the better choice? Do you stand to recover enough of the cost for it to be worthwhile expense?

§ How does your home compare with other homes in the neighborhood? If it is already the largest and nicest in the area, you might be considering over-improvement and never be able to recover any portion of your investment when you try to sell the home?

These considerations will help you get A SMART remodel by carefully asking the question, “Should we Move instead of remodel?” Giving serious attention to this question is one of the six basic steps of A SMART remodel: A complete plan, Safety first, “Move instead of remodel?”, A contractor interview plan, a Right sized remodel, and watching the Total cost.

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