Should I sell or renovate my house?

If you've been thinking about making a change to your living situation, there is much to consider such as time, money and the needs of a growing or downsizing family. Beautifully styled homes on social media are often attention-grabbing and leave us wondering how we can implement these ideas in our own homes. Renovating homes has increased in popularity due to the rise of reality TV shows such as The Block and Selling Houses Australia. The availability of inexpensive materials and DIY videos has also seen many people taking it upon themselves to make home improvements.

In this article, we'll compare the pros and cons of renovating versus selling your home. So, if you find yourself faced with the decision to sell up or renovate, you can decide on the best strategy that will suit your circumstances.

What's your best option?

Pros To Renovating your current home

Rather than selling up, many homeowners decide to renovate instead.

One of the main reasons is because of the many costs associated with buying and selling real estate – advertising, stamp duty and sales commission to name a few. Carrying out renovations on your existing home comes with some real advantages. Renovating allows you to:

  • Increase the value of your home – quality renovations are often an effective way to add value to your home and potentially sell it for a larger profit later down the track.

  • Boosting rental income – If you're looking to rent out your home, minor renovations can be a good way of increasing rental income. Talk to a local real estate agent to get their view on how your property could be improved. Ask what renters are looking for in the area to give you an idea of how to increase your property's rental appeal.

  • Improve the functionality and comfort of the home – this is especially true if you are widening rooms, hallways, adding rooms and increasing storage spaces. This is the time to update all those things that are out of fashion or dysfunctional.

  • Remain where you are – updating your current home can be a great way to modernise it and give you extra years enjoying your time living there, creating a family home that can be enjoyed for years to come.

  • Lower energy costs – if you are renovating your kitchen, this can be achieved by upgrading to more efficient appliances.

If you're considering renovating your home, check out our range of home loans that can be used for renovation costs. Or, if you already have a home loan with us, ask the lending specialist at your local branch about your options.

Cons To Renovating your current home

  • Time – a renovation project is often thought of as a job in itself. Will you have the time to manage the renovations or get a builder to see the job through completion? How many months will the build take, and will it suit your household to be living in discomfort for a while?

  • On a separate note but not unrelated to time, you will need to do your research on what council permits and approvals will be required. Check your local council website as a starting point. You will most likely require a planning and building permit as a minimum.

  • Budget – how much can you realistically afford to spend, and will you be able to include all the changes you want, or will you have to sacrifice something? These are all helpful questions that will assist you in deciding whether to go ahead or not. Check out our article on budget renovations for more tips.


Selling your property

Allowing a real estate agent to do all the work for you in selling your property is an attractive choice. As the client of a real estate agent, they will set out to get you the best price available for your property. Additionally, selling your home is a great choice if you have built up considerable equity, or if there isn't enough room for renovations to substantially improve your living situation.

Before you decide whether to sell your property, it's worth calculating what it could sell for. Checking home sales websites is a good place to start to see what similar properties have sold for in your area. Also, you can ask a real estate agent for a market evaluation too. After working out what your property is worth, you can then consider costs of selling including:

  • marketing expenses

  • stamp duty for the purchase of your next home

  • real estate agent commission

  • moving costs

  • solicitor and legal fees

  • finance

At Horizon bank, we are here to help you with your home loan needs. Whether that's to renovate or buy a new home.

Get in touch with our friendly team today and let's chat about your plans. We have branches conveniently located across the Illawarra, so you can speak to a local person.

Horizon Bank has a branch network spanning the NSW South Coast and Illawarra. Horizon Bank branch locations: Albion Park, Bega, Bermagui, Berry, Merimbula, Moruya, Nowra, Thirroul, Ulladulla & Wollongong.


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