Lisa Schade

Broker, BS, CDPE, SFR

Q: How Do You Decide Whether to Add on to an Existing Home or Purchase a New One?

 


A: There are a few things to consider, including cost, individual needs, and what will add value down the road. Also important: your emotional attachment to the existing home.

As designer and builder Philip S. Wenz, the author of Adding to a House: Planning, Design & Construction, notes, an addition is much cheaper than building a new home and can offer a “new” home without the heartache of moving.

Other considerations: 

• Can you finance the home improvement with your own cash or will you need a loan? 
• How much equity is in the property? A fair amount will make it that much easier to get a loan for home improvements.
• Is it feasible to expand the current space for an addition?
• What is permissible under local zoning and building laws? Despite your deep yearning for a new sunroom or garage, you will need to know if your town or city will allow such improvements.
• Are there affordable properties for sale that would satisfy your changing housing needs? 

Explore your options. Make sure your decision is one you can live with – either under the same roof or under a different one. 

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