756 sq ft home (with full unfinished basement)
Zero room to expand sideways because of neighbors’ houses, instead you’d have to expand into the backyard. There’s no way to put an upstairs/loft/whatever on it either, no extra space up there.
I believe its just cheaper to buy a bigger house someday than attempt to build on to a house?? Finishing the basement is likely the easiest way to expand livable area, but I hate basements. I hate the feeling of being underground. I prefer one large main floor and no basements and no upstairs.
The asphalt pavement in the driveway is very crumbly, but still perfectly useable, even though it’s ugly.
The backyard is very lumpy and it would be nice to have it leveled to make mowing a more pleasant experience.
I’m arguing with myself over “fixing” these things since it’s technically only a “cosmetic” problem and because it’s a starter home of only 756 sq ft. Even if you lavish attention on a starter home, the resell value can’t increase that much because the square footage is so small. Is there really any point in making a starter home “really nice”? since people usually look to starter homes to save money, not to pay extra for how nice it is. When you want a “nice” home, you generally get a lot more square footage as well.
So should I just finish the basement instead, since adding more square footage is likely faaar more resell value than a prettier driveway and prettier lawn? Or should I do none of these things and just focus on saving up for the bigger, nice house one day? Since none of these things is critical to fix and the house would resell well anyway?
Basically, redoing the lawn and driveway would make me emotionally happy, but I’m worried I’m just throwing my money away and it won’t show up in resell value.