5 Reasons To Live In Your New Home Before Renovating

Moving into a new home is an exciting experience! You’re filled with anticipation and excitement to finally create a
space that truly reflects you and your family.   In a seller's market, like the one we are experiencing in Calgary, you may decide that your best approach is to buy a home that needs a little TLC or even a full renovation - you know build some sweat equity!  This can be a great way to get into the size of property that might otherwise be unattainable for your budget if it was already move-in ready. 

Whether this is your first time becoming a homeowner or you've owned in the past, it's natural to want to start making
changes right away especially when you buy a fixer-upper! However, we recommend that you live in your new home for at least a few months before undertaking the more significant renovations.

Here are five reasons why you should wait before making any renovations to your new home.

1) You’ve Had Enough Stress Already Moving. 
From packing up all your belongings to signing the paperwork and unpacking everything in your new home – it can take quite a toll on you both mentally and physically. That’s why you should give yourself some time to settle in before starting any major renovations. It will give you the opportunity to get used to living in the new home without feeling overwhelmed or stressed out by the renovation process.

2) You Need Time To Plan. 
Renovations don’t happen overnight, and they require careful planning and thought so that everything goes smoothly from start to finish. If you jump right into renovating after moving into the new home, you may not have had enough time to consider all of your options or think through every detail of the project. Giving yourself extra time will ensure that you make well-thought-out decisions that lead to successful renovations that last for years.

3) Moving Has Strained Your Budget.
Moving can be expensive, especially if you need professional movers or if you’re relocating across state lines. So,
taking some extra time after moving into your new place will help reduce financial stress while also giving yourself
more flexibility when it comes time to plan out how much money needs to be allocated toward the renovation

3) Living In The Home Can Change Your Mind.
Living in the house for 6–12 months gives you plenty of opportunities to get creative with ideas about what could
potentially be done with each room in order to make it fit better with your lifestyle and tastes. Often times this leads
homeowners to discover new ways they could use certain spaces or decide against doing certain types of renovations
altogether because their ideas changed after living in the house for some time.

4) Re-Evaluate Your Renovation Choices.
Many people end up making rash decisions when it comes time to choosing materials or deciding which rooms need
renovating first--only later regretting their choices because they didn't give enough consideration during the planning
phase. Allowing yourself some extra time can help prevent costly mistakes like this from happening by giving you
ample opportunity to research different materials and decide which rooms need tackling first before committing
anything on paper (or on budget).

5) Enjoy Your New Home First.
When moving into a new house, taking some extra time before beginning a renovation project is always
recommended—especially if it’s been less than 6 months since moving day! While it might be tempting to jump right
into transforming each room as quickly as possible, waiting until after you settle in will give you ample time for
planning, save money on unnecessary expenses due to poor decision-making, provide insight on how best to utilize
specific rooms based on lifestyle habits, plus offer plenty of chances re-evaluate any potential choices made along the
way. All these reasons will ensure that every renovation decision made is one that won’t soon be regretted!

It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, but before you start anything, it's important to take a step back and
enjoy your new home before making any major changes.
That's why this week, I'm sharing with you the five reasons why you should live in your new home before starting
any renovations.

By taking the time to live in your home the way it is, not only will you have a better understanding of how everything
fits together, but you'll be able to get an idea of what changes need to be made first and how best to prioritize those

So, whether you're moving in next week or planning your move for a few months down the road, take some time to
live in your new home before making any big decisions.


P.S. If you’re thinking about moving into a new home this year, be sure to hit reply so we can discuss your plans and
help you prepare for a successful move!