Do You Stay or Do You Go? Deciding Between Renovation or Moving

In the Hudson Valley where we’re located—and throughout the New York metropolitan area for that matter—the housing market is hot! Inventory is tight, more people want to move to the suburbs, and prices are going up in the battle between supply and demand.

If you’re thinking of moving because you want a larger, more contemporary kitchen, prefer an updated master bathroom, or need that extra room for a home office, you might want to consider doing a large-scale renovation instead, such as expanding your home or remodeling the kitchen. This is a highly subjective decision but in the long run, renovating could be a more cost-effective route, given the time it takes to find the right house, the costs of packing and moving a home’s contents, and the real estate closing costs.

With rising home prices, finding that “just right” property could cost more—even after selling your current home—than undertaking a renovation. And investing in renovation can bring you years of delight and increase your current home’s value.

Choose manageable renovation projects

We aren’t talking about rebuilding your entire home; we’re referring to manageable projects such as kitchen or bath renovations, remodeling a basement to use as work or play space, or extending a room for your family to enjoy.

Depending on the extent of the project, you may need an architect to draw the plans; otherwise, a reputable general contractor can take on the design-build or renovation. The contractor should also be able to provide project management services to help coordinate delivery of all materials and fixtures, and give you updated timelines throughout the process. Be sure to get all plans approved by your town’s building department, and secure all necessary building permits (plumbing, electrical, framing, sheetrock, etc.) before you begin construction.

Certain updates, such as changing out cabinets or flooring, usually do not require permits if these are simply replacing what is already there. The contractor should know what is required or again, ask the town so you avoid any problems later.

Kitchen makeovers

The kitchen is often the space used most frequently and a kitchen makeover will provide a dramatic update to your home. Whether just for family dining or as an entertaining space, a kitchen renovation delivers lasting value you’ll enjoy for many years. You might decide to open a wall, add an island or peninsula, or update the appliances, cabinets and counters, and floor. At Affordable Granite & Cabinetry, we have everything here to help you design your dream home and give your space a beautiful facelift.


As we discussed in a post earlier this year, there are several key considerations when selecting new kitchen cabinets. Door and drawer styles, fabrication, inset, framed or frameless cabinets are all aspects to look for when you are shopping for cabinetry. Whether you prefer traditional or contemporary looks, you’ll find door styles and finishes, as well as hardware, that help you complete a fresh new kitchen look.


Natural granite and other stone countertops are always in style. And with all the colors and patterns stone countertops offer, they set the stage for beauty and durability for years to come. Granite, soapstone, quartzite, marble, and engineered quartz are among the countertop materials you’ll find in our showroom. Note that while engineered quartz offers a consistent look and broad range of colors to choose from, no two natural stone pieces are alike. Our designers can help you select the piece and pattern that works best for your space and budget.


So many choices! Depending on your décor, you may want porcelain or luxury vinyl tile, or hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring. Each has its advantages in terms of durability, style, and price points. Tile—available in a huge variety of sizes, styles, and colors—can complement a new kitchen backsplash or coordinate with stone countertops beautifully, or provide a striking contrast. Hardwoods offer an interesting platform—literally—for your new cabinetry. Hardwood floors are well suited to any room so if you’re remodeling that man cave or giving your living room a new look, don’t overlook hardwoods.


Don’t forget to shine new light on your remodeled kitchen, bathroom, or other rooms. Track lights, interesting pendulum lamps, above-sink or under-counter light fixtures come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and prices. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what a difference new light fixtures can make.

As you consider your home renovation (or want to update a new home you’ve just bought), be sure to visit Affordable Granite & Cabinetry in Fishkill and Newburgh. Our design team will help bring your ideas to life and you’ll be able to see and touch (and imagine) all the different countertop, cabinet, and flooring options we have available. Call us at (845) 284-9854 to set up an appointment.