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Money Monday: Should you upgrade from a smaller to a larger home?

Buying a house instead of renting is, depending where in the country you live, often more cost-effective. But upgrading from a smaller home to a larger home and mortgage? Probably not.

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“There are solid reasons to upgrade your home. For many, it was always the plan. You buy a starter home, and upgrade to a larger one once your family expands. Or your income expands, and you finally move into your dream home. Regardless of your reason, the typical first step is determining what you can afford. A standard rule for lenders is that your monthly housing payment (principal, interest, taxes and insurance) should not take up more than 28% of your income before taxes. A quick and dirty way to check how much you can afford is through calculators like myFico calculator.

“Lenders asses your monthly income, debt, credit score and a variety of other factors to determine how much you can “afford”. However, they don’t look at how your expenses will grow after upgrading to a bigger and better house. (“Forbes.com, “Upgrading to a bigger home? Beware of 6 expenses that will increase.”)

Read Forbes’ article on the 6 things that will increase with a larger place here.

Top 10 Most Cost-Effective Remodeling Projects

Remodeling projects with the most bang for your buck

fixer upperIf you are thinking of selling your home, you may want to consider doing a remodeling project to bring in buyer interest and garner top dollar for your home sell. But what should you remodel, especially when thinking out getting the most return on your investment?

Thankfully, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS has complied a quick cheat-sheet for you, based on information provided by the Cost vs. Value Report 2013 by NAR and Remodeling magazine.

In order of the most cost recouped percentage-wise, here are the top 10 most cost-effective remodeling projects:

  1. Steel entry door replacement
  2. Wood deck addition
  3. Garage door replacement
  4. Minor kitchen remodel
  5. Wood window replacement
  6. Vinyl siding replacement
  7. Attic bedroom
  8. Vinyl window replacement
  9. Basement remodel
  10. Major kitchen remodel

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Infographic from the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS; source: Cost vs. Value Report 2013 by NAR and Remodeling magazine.