Mar 19, 2024
Episode: 46
Renovating A Newly Purchased Existing Home

Moving into a new home? Don’t rush the reno! Geoff gives you the unfiltered truth on smart timing & finding the perfect partner. Listen & make your dream home a reality!”

In recent newsletters, we’ve explored the various phases of homeownership, from contemplating remodeling projects right after a new home build to considering how much remodeling to do while prepping your current home for sale. Now, let’s focus on an often-overlooked stage: renovating an existing home right after you purchase it.

Navigating the Transition To Your Newly Purchased Home: Remodeling Insights

As remodelers, we see the delicate balance between homeowner excitement and practicality when they consider their first remodeling projects on a newly purchased existing home. We receive many phone calls with homeowners discussing major remodeling projects immediately upon closing on their new home, but these projects are much less common than you might think. Why? Well, the whirlwind of transitioning homes coupled with recent financial commitments such as down payments and moving expenses often lead homeowners to prioritize settling in over undertaking extensive renovations right away.

Building Partnerships: A Strategic Approach

For homeowners eager to jumpstart renovations in their new home, fostering relationships with remodeling partners during the pre-possession phase is key. While we may not physically inspect the property until after closing and possession, we’re more than willing to discuss ideas, provide cost ranges for potential projects, and offer guidance. We strongly suggest homeowners take the time while you are working through the appraisal and home inspection process in your new home to interview potential remodeling partners, regardless of the size of your upcoming projects.

Setting Expectations

Understanding the remodeling process and aligning expectations is paramount. Project scope plays a critical role related to timing of the work being completed as smaller projects like countertop upgrades can often take place post-move-in, allowing homeowners time to settle and assess their needs. Larger projects may require a different approach altogether. If you plan to engage in a big project before you move into your newly purchased home be sure to effectively communicate this intent with potential remodeling partners. Homeowners must quickly find out if remodeling partners are able take on the project. Open communication and realistic timelines are a necessity.

The Road Ahead: Planning with Purpose

Remember: patience is your ally. Take the time to curate your project list, engage with potential partners, and set realistic expectations. Whether you’re envisioning a complete whole home overhaul or a minor facelift, finding the right fit and taking the time to carefully review project details ensures a smoother, more rewarding renovation experience in your newly purchased home.

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Remodeling Unscripted

A podcast for remodeling industry owners and homeowners. Geoff Horen, a home renovation expert, hosts the podcast, which includes real remodels, challenges, and talk. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts and YouTube.

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