Back in September my family and I were visiting relatives in California. My sweet mother-in-law has a wonderful selection of magazines in her house, and while my son was doing laps in their yard with a bubble-blowing miniature lawn mower, I sat down and read through an issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
I find that as I get older, things no longer seem coincidental. I don't know if that's because I know more and things have a better chance of connecting in some way, or if I've acquired a karmic connection with everything in the world. Both reasons are equally questionable but on that sunny September day in California, I was amazed by how pertinent this issue of Better Homes and Garden was for me.
In particular, I want to share an article about "The Case for Remodeling Now", which takes you through the thought process of doing your house project now rather than later. (Sadly, the article is not available online; if you know anyone who has the September issue, it's definitely worth checking out). It lists 7 reasons to consider the approach and timing of a remodel:
1. You can get the job done quickly with a top pro.
2. Renovation is on sale.
3. Financing is cheap.
4. You can save money for years to come with energy updates.
5. You can be set when the market changes.
6. Prices may be down - but they won't stay down.
7. Renovate now - and enjoy it for years to come.
I think this article is interesting because it could be written at any time and it would still be true. Yes, the recession has put a damper on people's willingness to invest money into home improvements, but most of the 7 reasons above would be true in a better economy. In the end, remodeling is good at any time if the advantages of having a new and improved environment for you and your family outweigh the temporary disadvantages of financing and construction dust.