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Sell my current home, or rent it out?

Tanner Mueller
Posted Apr 10 2024, 13:49

Hello! This is my first post on any forum, quick run down on my situation-I’m 28, married with a 9 month old baby. We are looking to purchase a property that has been in my family for over 100 years. This would be our new primary residence. We are getting a decent deal on the property and essentially being gifted 20% equity of the property. 

Our current house is 2 bedroom, 1 bath. I’m in the process of finishing the basement and adding an additional 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. So once the renovation is complete it will be 4 bed, 2 bath. I need approximately 10k to complete the basement. Once the renovation is complete the property should be appraised at 190-200k. At a 190k appraisal we would have 70k in equity.

If we chose to keep our current property and rent it out, we should be able to get $1,500-$2,000 a month in rent. At $1,500 this would cash flow $550 a month. 

This is the option I really want to do, but my wife isn’t exactly on the same page as I am. Her main concern is if we stick 10k into the renovation to complete it, and closing costs on our new property, plus a couple small updates to the new property. We are going to be like completely out of savings. 

I’m in sales so my income can very month to month. I’m also a carpenter and am doing some side jobs on the weekends for some extra income. 

Should we finish the basement and sell the house? 

Or finish the basement, rent the house and be strapped for cash for a bit? 

Or is there a better option for us? 

Thanks in advance!!

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Kiernan LaFaver
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Replied Apr 10 2024, 23:17

Seems like finishing the house and renting it out would be the way to go, at least in my opinion. Closing costs can seem more expensive if you sink 10K into it, but the rewards validate the risk. If you can cash flow 550/mo at the low end of your projected rental range, why not? It would take 1.5 years to recoup your 10K at that rate. Once recouped, you have the added benefit of still having an appreciating asset and extra cash flow that you wouldn’t have if you just sell outright.