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“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” is a classic song by The Clash. It’s also a common theme on HGTV shows from Love It or List It to the new reality series Ty Breaker. The show follows homeowners as they decide whether to renovate their existing properties or put efforts into customizing a new house instead.

Host Ty Pennington knows a lot about home renovation. TV fans remember him from his longtime gig hosting Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC. Now he’s back to helping families creating dream spaces on Ty Breaker. And he has some great advice for anyone wondering how to decide whether to stay and renovate or look for something new.

‘Ty Breaker’ takes a close look at how families really live

Ty Pennington
Ty Pennington | HGTV

Though the premise of Ty Breaker sounds similar to what’s been done before, Pennington insists his show is different because of their approach.

“I was never one to be thought of as just another thing. The idea that people have to decide if they are going to stay in the place they have or move into another place,” he responded when TV Insider asked if his show was the same as Love It or List It.

He continued, “Everyone goes through that. It’s the reality of life. I just try to make it more entertaining. I live with the family a little bit and really get to know them and why they have certain issues with their house. Whether that’s brushing my teeth with the entire family or camping in their backyard or taking a shower in their private shower.”

Ty Pennington has advice for homeowners who can’t decide

The question of staying in a current home and renovating it or buying a new one has been plaguing homeowners for decades. But veteran renovator Pennington offered one Washington Post reader some guidance on how to make that call.

“Gosh I wish this was a simple answer but it’s not,” Pennington told the reader. “Of course you have to weigh the pros and cons of moving. Do you love your neighborhood/neighbors? Is the house a happy place for you, filled with good memories? Does the thought of leaving make you sad? Perhaps you love the house, the layout just isn’t working for you.”

He had a great idea for determining if their current house would work. And best of all, it’s not too expensive. “I would suggest getting a design consultation just to hear from a professional, what the possibilities are for your home. They might be even better than you imagined,” Pennington said.

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Obviously, the HGTV series Ty Breaker is meant to help show participants deal with their own homes. But beyond that, the series seeks to inspire people at home who face similar challenges. Anyone dealing with the difficult decision of staying in their house or moving could find true inspiration while watching the series.

There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to moving or renovating. But with the help of Pennington, Ty Breaker, and a little inspiration, homeowners can make the right choice to love their homes.