Renovate or Relocate? Which is best?

Deciding between renovating your existing home or moving to a new one is a significant choice that many homeowners face. 

At Arc Design Services, we understand that each option comes with its own set of advantages and challenges. In this blog, we explore the pros and cons of renovating vs moving to help you make a decision about the future of your home. 



One of the biggest benefits of renovating your home is your ability to tailor your space to meet your specific needs and desires. With renovating, you have the freedom to create a home that reflects your personal style and can accommodate any lifestyle changes

Often cost-effective 

Depending upon the scope of the renovation, it can often be more cost-effective to improve your existing home than investing and moving to a new one. This is often the case if your current home is in a popular and desirable location, which can be reflected in the house prices. 

Emotional attachment

Many homeowners get deeply connected to their current home, and renovating can preserve that sentimental value and attachment. Retaining the memories associated with your space while giving it a facelift can be emotionally rewarding. 



Renovations can often exceed the initial budget, especially if unexpected issues arise during the process. It’s crucial to plan and allocate contingency funds wisely to avoid financial stress. 


Living through a renovation can be challenging. Noise, dust, and temporary loss of certain areas of your home can disrupt your daily routine. If unforeseen issues arise, the disruption may be for longer than originally planned.

Space Constraints 

Depending on the layout and size of your current home, there may be limitations to what you can achieve with renovations. In some cases, moving might be the only way to attain the space you truly need. 


Change of scenery 

Moving home allows you to explore new areas and experience a change of environment. It’s an opportunity to discover different amenities, schools, and communities that might better suit your lifestyle. 

Blank Slate/Canvas 

Starting anew in a different home gives you a clean slate for design and layout. You can choose a property that better aligns with your vision and requirements, without the constraints of an existing structure.   

Potential cost savings

Whilst moving involves upfront costs, it can be financially advantageous in the long run if you find a property that requires minimal renovations or updates. 


Moving house requires time, effort, and emotional energy. The process of selling, buying, and physically moving possessions can be stressful. 

Unknown factors 

Transitioning to a new location introduces unknown variables, such as neighbourhood dynamics, local regulations, and potential hidden issues in the new property. However, this can often be avoided by researching in advance. 

Stamp Duty

When moving properties, you should consider that you need to budget for stamp duty as this can be a big factor and can be an expensive tax in addition to the purchase price. As an example, if you are not a first time buyer, and buy a house at a cost of £500,000, the stamp duty will add a further £12,500 on top.

Of course, people often combine the two - moving to a new property with the intention of renovating it, which can add significant value and may be worth doing as an investment, or for your 'forever' home.

The decision to renovate or relocate is completely down to personal preference and largely depends on your emotional attachment to your current home, your budget, and whether you have the space to expand at your existing home. 

At Arc Design Services, we specialise in architectural design, dedicated to offering a fresh and exciting approach to every project. With this in mind, Arc Design Services could help you with your renovation or new home plans. Contact our experts today at Arc Design Services at or 0161 928 4433.

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Altrincham, Cheshire, WA15 9AD
United Kingdom