Why it's a good idea to wait before you renovate
Moving into a new house is exciting but initially it’s like moving into someone else’s home. You will have chosen it for the things you liked – perhaps price, location, size – but there will be other things that you won’t be keen on. It’s tempting to renovate right off the bat, but the smart move is to wait. That’s not to say you won’t fix smaller things such as plumbing or electrical to ensure the house is habitable, but the larger things – remodelling or extending – are better done after you have time to live in the property. There’s three main reasons for this.
Living is getting to know
Once you have actually lived in a property for a while you get to know its particular strengths and weaknesses. Something you initially didn’t like may make sense having lived with it for six months or so. Unless you live with something you won’t know if it will work for you or not; perhaps it will suit what you need or it can be slightly adapted, as opposed to totally changed or removed. A colleague of mine often says you only know a place after 18 months – this may be too long for some – but the point is that by the time you make decisions about renovating you have a solid idea of what you want the property to be and do to suit your needs.
Planning is taking time
You want to get a renovation right. Any major change to a house is going to require thoughtful planning. This might involve speaking to a number of professionals – architects, designers or builders and while time consuming will be worthwhile in the end. Often in talking to professionals in this area, you will get ideas and options that you had not considered and they will be able to discuss how practical any of you own ideas are. Moving the kitchen may not be the best idea in terms of budget and there could be other possible solutions.
Moving is hard work
The last reason for waiting to renovate is just to give yourself a break. Moving home rates in the top five stressful things in life; don’t add to this stress by creating an immediate building site.
A new house is exciting and scary and a big commitment. Give it the time it deserves and in the long run you will create the home you’ll love coming home to.