Q: Should we live in our new house before we remodel or should we remodel before we move in?
I have heard that it is helpful to live in a house before you remodel. However, my wife and I are in a position to remodel before we move in. If we do the renovations now, we will be able to get them done faster and with less impact on our day to day life. Any thoughts from homeowners who have renovated or from contractors? We are leaning towards doing the remodeling upfront.
A: The Chicken or the Egg?
This is a difficult question to answer without knowing your family and the home better. If your family can be okay with living in the house in its current condition for 3 or 4 months I think it is wise to live in it before you start changing things. Living in it the way it is now will provide you with a more complete idea of what you like and dislike about the house, therefore giving you a better detail of what you what to do with your remodel. On the other hand, and only because I know some people like this, if you have a tendency not to finish a project after it becomes livable, I would suggest completely finishing the remodel before you move in so that you don't have any of those unfinished projects 3 or 4 years down the road that have turned in to the invisible stain on the floor.
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A: How Big
I would suggest doing as many small changes as possible before you move in. By small i mean painting, refinishing wood floors, etc... Anything that is easier to do when there is no furniture in the room. Major additions and knocking down walls (anything you would hire a contractor to do) I would wait on. Live in the home for some time and absorb the character of the structure. It is interesting how some areas in the home you disliked grow on you over time. Good luck.
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