Due in part to the popular television show Love It or List It, many people are now thinking twice before putting up a For Sale sign in their yard, and instead increasing, updating, and / or enhancing their current living space.

But is that really going to be the best option for you?

The answer is that it depends.

There are actually several criteria that may be involved in your decision – some of which have to do with your home itself, while others are geared more towards your emotional attachment to your current abode, and the neighborhood / location.

Deciding Whether to Stay or GoFor example, just as the old saying goes, Home is where the heart is. So, it’s important to think honestly about the connection you have with your home, your neighbors, and other elements in your current space. And, should you decide to stay with your same address, the next step is to determine how you may be able to expand and / or renovate, and the approximate cost.

Alternatively, if you do decide to take the plunge and move forward with the purchase of a new home, it is oftentimes best to get a realistic sense of how much your current property is worth, as well as a feel for your new home budget.

Location should also be at the top of your list. Here, for instance, there are some key questions that you need to ask yourself, such as whether or not you want to remain in or around the same vicinity, which school district you’d like to be in (if applicable), and what other amenities are convenient to the home, such as shopping, churches, and accessibility to other places that you may frequent.

In order to get started on your new home search, as well as with finding the right buyer for your current home quickly, working with a real estate professional is oftentimes the best way to proceed. That way, you’ll be able to get the most marketing exposure for your current home, as well as be able to pinpoint the homes that best meet your parameters.

Looking to buy and / or sell in the Bakersfield area – or even to just get an idea of what your home is worth? Give us a call today and we’ll provide you with a free, no obligation home valuation.