Why More People Are Renovating Their Homes Rather Than Moving in 2020

Why More People Are Renovating Their Homes Rather Than Moving in 2020

This year has been full of unexpected changes and stressors in our lives. With working from home, eating in more often, and the challenges related to distance learning, many people are finding that their existing home configuration just doesn’t cut it these days. Understandably, there is a reluctance to add yet another anxiety-inducing activity by moving, which is one reason many people are opting for a home renovation instead.

Although it might not be completely stress-free, a Manhattan remodel offers a plethora of benefits over moving.

Act Faster

Purchasing a new home takes time. You have to search for suitable properties, go to open houses or private tours, have your offer accepted, and then go through the loan closing process. All of this typically takes months, not to mention all of the work you have to do to prepare for the move. In that same period of time, your Manhattan remodel could be well on its way, or even completed. If you know you’re ready for a change but don’t want the unpredictable aspects of moving to a new home, improve what you already own and gain more control over the timeline.

Avoid Major Disruption

There is no doubt that a home renovation can be disruptive, especially if you’re living in the space while the work is being done. However, this is nothing in comparison to the major disruptions that a move causes. When you choose to remodel, you don’t have to forward your mail, disassemble and reassemble your furniture, transfer your utilities, or coordinate movers.

Control Your Time and Costs

Although it’s difficult to compare the costs of moving versus renovating without knowing your specific situation, we can tell you that many people decide to renovate even after they have relocated to a new home, which adds even more to the cost of the move. Unless you find exactly what you’re looking for, you might be going through a Manhattan remodel anyway. If you’re happy with the home you’re in now, why add a stressful move (and the associated costs) to the equation?

A home renovation can also be done in phases. This helps minimize disruptions, with only one space under construction at a time, and also allows you to spread the costs out over time. Of course, if you want to relocate your family for a shorter period of time while the entire renovation is happening, this is also an option. 

Maintain Your Emotional Attachments

Many special moments happen in your home, which can make it difficult to dream of leaving. If you love your existing home, but not every detail about it, a Manhattan remodel can help you get exactly what you want without the hassle of a move. If you want to keep the wall where you marked your children’s heights as they grew up while creating the perfect snooze spot, you have control over what changes and what stays the same when you renovate. 

Reduce Risk

In the midst of a pandemic, exposure is top of mind for everybody. Moving has the potential to expose you and your family to many different people over the course of the process: Realtors, other house hunters, movers, and more. Although much of this can be done remotely, there is probably no avoiding going into the homes that you potentially want to buy. 

A remodel allows you to stay in your own space while limiting the number of people you come into contact with. Your contractor should also be able to explain the precautions they are taking to minimize risk for both your family and their employees. For example, at Detail Renovations, we are going beyond what the law requires and taking extra steps to keep everybody safe, such as partitioning off work areas to separate employees from clients. You can read more about what we’re doing in this blog post

Work with Detail Renovations

If you’re ready for a Manhattan remodel, call the pros at Detail Renovations to discuss your project. Whether you’re working with an architect or need help finding a specialty designer, our network of trusted partners is ready to work with you.