The Benefits of Home Renovation and It's not what you think!

I wanted to write a blog from a different point of view this month...   I wanted to address topics however subjective they may be regarding Home Renovation and the benefits that more than likely are not top of mind.

When I think back at how many properties we have personally owned both established and new builds since we were in our 20's, I understandably lose count and that's because we have more than likely had 4 times as many as most of you will have in a lifetime and the reason for this has been because a) we struggle to sit still and embrace change just as much as changing underwear and b) because we literally have the knowledge, resources and skills to do so it’s not a big task plus over the years I have become a professional home mover and have actually enjoyed doing it, except the last time when we moved house twice in 3 weeks (urghhh)! 

It occurred to me only days ago that our current home which we purchased established at a mere 20 years young almost two and a half years ago has been the home we have owned for the longest period of time.  Yes, you may laugh at the fact that two and a half years is certainly not a long time but for us it’s a big deal.  I started to think about why this home is the one we have chosen to truly embody.... we have a large parcel of land with no restrictions, our floor plan is perfect and suits our family and lifestyle, the street is super quiet with great neighbours who we only see on the rare occasion, most of our neighbours are house proud just like us, and we are close to everything but far enough away to be out of the hustle and bustle, and we have enjoyed turning the somewhat average appealing home into a beauty.

So many people crave to build a new home and it begs the question... why?  Why do we inherently feel that we haven't made it in life until we have built our very own home?  Why is that the goal post for so many who have property?  This leads me to another question.... why is it that we don't look at the bigger picture and see that buying an established home in an established area is truly the way to go, I mean there are so many benefits and they probably aren't what you’re thinking.

There are so many benefits that come with Renovating your existing home or buying an established home and Renovating that come to mind when we think about it and its these things that resonated with me personally being someone who left a brand new home to buy an established home and Renovate in an established area and here's the thing.... it’s not only a benefit to us but it’s also a benefit to our suburb and that's just the beginning. 

When you build in a new estate you have absolutely no idea who your neighbours are going to be, what kind of home they are going to build, how many trees had to be removed to develop the estate and how much wildlife has suffered because of this.  Now I don't consider myself a greenie, but I do care about the environment and I do care how many koalas, wallabies, possums, birds etc forego their homes in order for us to build ours.... and that sucks!  Not only this, with new estates and development comes a huge strain on what is generally an already existing strain in so many communities and it’s a big one..... yes that's right, infrastructure.  Roads, shops, transport, business struggle to cope with what is sometimes thousands more people.  Yes, there can be benefits with such projects that provide tourism and employment but with that positivity comes a whole heap of stresses and can often have adverse effects.

Infrastructure in so many communities is already suffering with constant development, yet we have homes in suburbs all over the country that are existent but just need some love and attention, yet so many are choosing to boycott these for new homes.... what ever happened to making what’s old into something new again!  Imagine how much things would change if we all shifted our attention to buying existing property and actually enriched houses and suburbs that already exist making them the "it" place to live!  There would be less stress on infrastructure, it would assist local business, leave more trees so we can breathe fresh air instead of pollution, alleviate the issue of our wildlife being evicted from their homes, create a more beautiful streetscape in so many more areas and last but not least build positive community spirit.

The upside is also that when you stay where you are, buy or renovate an established home you know exactly who the neighbours are going to be (short term or long term), what kinds of homes encompass the area, what the demographics are of occupants, and as we have found... way more trees and wildlife... owners generally don't cut down trees to renovate and extend, they tend to use the free space they have to add on to their home.

Some established homes need a lot of work, some need a little work, but all of them can work.... when you consider your next move, think about this and learn to embrace and love the foundations of what already exists.

 

Happy Renovating!  

Lise

 

 

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