Consider Why You’re Unhappy With Your Current Home
Every homeowner experiences this at some point in their lives. You’ve been living in the same house for a few years now and for whatever reason — whether it’s an addition to the family that requires more space or simply a change in your style — you’ve become unhappy with your house and it no longer satisfies your needs or wants. What now?
Does this mean you should move? Can a potential remodel resolve the problem? Well, it depends on what it is about your home that you’re unhappy with. In order to determine whether you should move or remodel your home, you’ll need to figure out the root cause of your unhappiness. Does your house not provide you with enough space anymore? Is it extremely outdated? Do you now prefer a different design element than you did when you first bought the home?
All of the above are possible and could very likely be why you’re unhappy, but before you head out the door to start looking at new houses, first take some time to decide if the problems you have with your current home can be resolved.
Is your home outdated? One of the reasons you might want to move is because everything — from your flooring and cabinets to your appliances and countertops — has become extremely outdated. Elements that may have once been in style are now a thing of the past. Examples of this may be wood paneling, carpet throughout the house, popcorn ceilings, laminate countertops, colorful wallpaper, vertical blinds, and linoleum floors just to name a few. Not only can these things become an eyesore for you and your family but they could also make selling your home a lot more difficult in the future.
There’s Not Enough Space
One of the biggest reasons families become unhappy with their home is because they’ve simply outgrown it. The area you have just doesn’t satisfy your family’s needs anymore. Whether it’s due to a new addition to the family or maybe your children are simply getting older and now require more room of their own, a lack of space in the house can become a real problem. It can lead to arguments among family members if they feel like they’re always on top of one another without any personal space or time for themselves.
Different Design Elements
Even if your home has enough space for your family and has been updated fairly recently, your desire to move might stem from the fact that you’re just not happy with the current design of it. This might include the overall layout, color scheme, lighting, or pattern themes that are present in your home. It could very well be that there is no overarching theme to your home, every room has a different look and feel to it, and you want to bring the house together under one common theme.
Remodel Your Home to Address Your Desires
If It’s Outdated
If your home is outdated, choosing to remodel and update it rather than electing to move could be your best bet. Simple things like pulling out the carpet and installing hardwood floors or even tiles throughout can give your home a fresh new look. A nice coat of paint will also go a long way in regard to making your home look new and up-to-date. Light colors like white and gray can really brighten up a room and give it a modern look. And don’t forget about those appliances. A new refrigerator, dishwasher, and more can help modernize your house.
Lack of Space
If the problem with your home is a lack of space, there are some ways to combat this. Depending on where in your home you’re looking for additional space, it’s possible to create or add additional space. Taking down a non-load-bearing wall that separates the kitchen and living room can open up additional space that was previously closed off. This results in a more open layout of the area. The kitchen now opens up to the living room. This can be done in different parts of the house as long as the walls aren’t load-bearing.
In addition to tearing down walls to create more space, you might also be able to add to your house to do so as well. Additions to your house can include a closed-off deck or patio, a room, and so on. Adding extra living space to your house is a great way to combat a lack of space.
Different Design Elements
By remodeling, you can easily establish a unified look throughout your house. No matter what your house currently looks like, with a few changes, it can be tied together to follow a single design theme fairly quickly. Sometimes this is as simple as painting every room the same color and then installing the same type of flooring. Little things like this will really tie a home together, without having to significantly break the bank to do so.
A General Contractor Can Help
While you may not think there’s a solution for your problems and that you don’t really have an option to move or remodel, working with a general contractor can quickly change your mind. An experienced designer can assess your home and come up with ideas and a plan to resolve your current issues. There are ideas that you might not even have thought were possible given your home’s current state. Whether it’s a desire for more space, making some updates to meet today’s trends or just electing for a different design, a designer can help come up with a plan to best satisfy your needs.
Remodeling Might Be a Better Option
So should you move or remodel? While thinking about buying a new home can be exciting, remodeling your current home to better address your needs can be the superior option. The biggest benefit in remodeling is that it’s much more cost-effective. It also doesn’t require you to make potentially big life changes.
This is especially important if you like the area in which you live but aren’t satisfied with your home. For example, you may have great neighbors and have your kids enrolled in great schools with plenty of friends around the area. A move could potentially jeopardize the relationships that your family has built over time. It can be difficult to part with the emotional attachment you have to the house and you might not need to.
This may be you and your spouse’s first house together. Your kids may have grown up there, and it’s likely that you’ve created many memories in this home. It’s not necessarily worth leaving all that behind because you’re not happy with a few things around the house. Instead, consider remodeling to address those issues.
Remember This Before Making Your Decision to Move or Remodel
Before you make the decision to buy a new home, you should know where to find a team of experienced designers and contractors that can make your current home exactly what you want it to be. Our team can provide you with the direction and vision you need when you decide it’s time to start working on your project. Let our team be the ones to give your home the right look and feel.
At Malek Construction, our team works hard to make you feel safe, comfortable, and confident in our abilities. Contact us today, and we’ll help you fulfill your home improvement needs.