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Three Reasons You Should Live in Your Home Before You Renovate

Three Reasons You Should Live in Your Home Before You Renovate

Being able to make improvements and customize your space is one of the best parts of being a homeowner.  That being said, most new homeowners are eager to jump into projects before they even live in the home. In many ways, this can be great to avoid the mess that comes along with improvements, but for some people living in your home before you renovate might be a good idea.  

1. Living in the home can change your mind

From the first time you walked through your new home you have visions of how you will renovate your space and how you will decorate it, but until you are actually living in it it is difficult to know how you are going to live in the home.  It can be a good idea to take 3-6 months to get settled in your home before you start tearing down walls, removing carpets, or changing the layout of your home. A lot of homeowner's visions will change from their original ideas before move-in.  


2. Give yourself time to plan

You just made a very big financial decision by purchasing a home and deserve a chance to celebrate.  Being able to take time to plan around your finances before jumping to large home renovation projects will be the key to saving money.  After paying a large down payment, it may take some time to get back on your feet and fork out more money for a renovation. 


3. A change of season can save money 

Another big reason to wait before you renovate is you could save money depending on the season.  If you have purchased your new home in the summer, it could be a great idea to wait until the winter to renovate the inside fo your home. In a lot of cases, the cost will be a little cheaper and it should be easier to get in contact with a professional contractor because business is slower during this time of the year.  Even though the winter season can feel like it dampens your renovation spirit, your budget may feel better-knowing projects can get done faster and cheaper than in the summer months. 


While a move-in-ready home is nice, don't feel stressed about getting it all done at once. Living in your home as-is for six months to a year can really help your home-improvement process. You may be surprised at how your perspective and your priorities change once you settle in.