Weighing up new versus renovate.

Need more space, looking to add value or considering a new project? Before you decide whether to renovate your existing home or build a new one, here are some factors to consider when working out the right approach for you.

Pros and cons of building a new home

Advantages Considerations
  • Create the home you want on a section you like
  • You can design a house that perfectly suits your lifestyle
  • Everything will be new
  • Low maintenance costs
  • More energy efficient.
  • It will take up a lot of your time, even if someone else manages the project
  • Finalising plans, getting consent and building takes many months
  • You need to make sure that you are not over investing. Compare the cost to build to the potential resale value
  • If you are building in a development, future new builds in your area may affect your view, privacy or block the sun. 

Pros and cons of renovating

Advantages Considerations
  • If you like your neighbourhood, renovating means you can change your home to suit your lifestyle without finding a new home
  • Improving your home can add value to your existing property
  • Smaller renovations can cost less than building new
  • You can make your home suit your needs now and in the future.
  • Does your current neighbourhood still meet your lifestyle?
  • Will you be taking something away, such as turning three bedrooms into two, or adding special features that may not appeal to everyone? It's a good idea to keep future buyers in mind
  • Will you run the risk of over-capitalising with the cost of your renovations?


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