Moving Or Renovating: Comparing Costs

It’s a common situation — a house that has served you great for years can no longer meet your changing needs. This is all too familiar for growing families. Family situations are dynamic. From new members of the family to a new hobby, changes in your life may mean you need to upgrade your home.

This often leads to the question — should you move or renovate? It’s a complex decision and both options bring hassles, so deciding what to do depends on factors such as your financial situation and lifestyle.

What to Consider

There are several things to consider if you are thinking of renovating your current home rather than move to a new one. Do you have a plan for where you want to live and how long? For example, thinking about where you want your kids to go to school, vicinity to healthcare resources for aging family members, etc.

Are you prepared to live in a property while it is being renovated or will you need to make other arrangements? Which option is more financially viable? When it comes to comparing costs, it makes more sense to renovate.

The Cost of Moving

Selling your home and buying another could cost you around 10 per cent of the price of the new home. If you sell a home for $700,000 and buy another for $900,000, you would be looking at close to $90,000 in expenses such as loan fees, agent’s commission, legal fees, stamp duty and removalist fees. That is a huge loss of capital.

The Cost of Renovating

The cost of renovations is usually balanced out by the additional long-term value it adds to your home. The main financial risk is overcapitalising. This is when the money you spend on renovations is more than the increase in value to the property, so you end up not getting a return on what you have spent when you sell.

Tips for Renovating

For a successful renovation, do extensive research and get as much advice as you can. Find out the details of other similar properties nearby and how much they are worth to give you an idea of what your property could be worth. Set a budget and get a building inspection to ensure your property is structurally sound and capable of being renovated. Make changes that are widely appealing, for example, outdoor entertainment areas, plenty of storage and a large, open kitchen.

Quality Home Renovations in Sydney

Contact the leading designers and builders at Extend a Home for expert renovations in Sydney. Our team specialises in ground floor extensions and first floor home additions, with over 80 years of combined experience bringing functional and beautiful home renovation ideas to life. You can count on us to execute your vision for your home.

Call us today on 02 97363344 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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What Our Clients Say

Project: When the house was renovated by Extend a Home, I felt as if we’d doubled our house size.I just felt this was realy the home the would set us up for the next 10 years. The way they designed and built into it, it felt a lot larger, like we got a lot more bang for the buck than we expected we would

Trent & Emma

Project: I feel like I’ve died and gone to heaven in this house.I walk in, and it’s a sense of peace ’cause the openness and the light. It’s like people rent a place like this for their summer holidays and I feel like I’m here.


I felt like my dream had come true. This is a house that we can leave our sons with confidence so it was an investment as much as it was a lifestyle change. With renovating and extending,we’ve got more storage, especially the study and the library. As a handyman myself, I was looking for attention to the work they did, the quality of the work, so nothing is too hard and it sort of just ran smoothly

Steve & Jane

When the house was fully renovated, I felt like it was somewhere that I wanted to stay for the rest of my life it really is a friendly home to be proud of, My experience working with Extend a Home was far more pleasant than I ever thought it could be

Michele & Glen

Project: When the house was newly renovated by Extend a Home, we fet so happy, we finally got the property that we’d actually envisaged in our minds and that we always wanted. Its delivered everything that we expected and more

Richard McPartlin

Project: When Extend A Home extended our home I felt that everything was under control while they are managing the project they know what they are doing and I feel that I’m safe in their hands.We needed the space for our relatives that come over and would like to live in this place a bit longer

Wilson & Lisa