Though some people prefer to purchase a move-in ready home, others prefer to buy a fixer-upper, allowing them to customize the residence to fit their lifestyle. But before you move in and immediately embark on a major remodel or addition, it’s wise to live in your home for awhile.
Here are 3 reasons why you should take your time to settle in before making major home improvements.
- LIVING IN THE HOME CAN CHANGE YOUR MIND
When you actually live in the house, you’ll get a better feel for who you use each space, what works and what doesn’t. Having this knowledge can only be gained by spending time in your home can impact your home improvement projects, making them much more realistic.
- YOU NEED A BREAK
Buying a home as well as moving is a big job. It’s stressful and exhausting. Immediately starting up a home remodel or renovation means you’ll have another stressful project happening right under your roof for months on end. Painters, electricians, plumbers and other vendors will be in your home constantly and you and your family will be seriously inconvenienced.
- TAKE TIME TO PLAN
If you have big plans for your new home, be sure you’ve taken the time needed to make sure the end result is what you want. Interview architects and contractors to find ones that meet your budget as well as offer design ideas and opportunities that meet your lifestyle.
While you should be open to doing work on your new home, don’t feel obligated to get everything done at once. Live in your home as-is for six months to a year. This allows you to take the home for a test drive and see how it runs. You may be surprised at how your perspective, and your priorities, change once you settle in.
If you are looking to buy a home in Daly City, Burlingame or elsewhere on the Peninsula, The Gilson Team would love to share who we can help you find the home perfect for you!