Most homeowners don’t buy a home with the idea of quickly moving out. But, after you’ve lived in the same space for years, it’s easy to get tired of it. Maybe the home you once loved has lost its sparkle and shine, or maybe expensive appliances have started to break, which means costly upkeep.
Whatever the reason, there are plenty of signs that it’s time to renovate your home. Here are 6 you’ll want to be aware of.
- Not Enough Space
When you first move into a home, you probably thought you had more than enough space. But, as time passes, we tend to accumulate all sorts of items, some that we need, and some that we somehow collect over the years. Before you know it, your closets are filled to the brim, your cabinets are overflowing, and you’re stretched thin for storage.
Once you reach the point that you feel as if you need more space, it’s a good sign that a home renovation is past due. With the proper project, such as finishing the basement to make it more useful or adding an addition onto your home, you can increase your living space and make your home more ideal for you and your family.
- Family Changes
Life has a good way of changing when we least expect it to. Maybe you bought a house five years ago on your own but today you’re married with children! Obviously that home you purchased for just yourself isn’t the home that you’d have bought if you had a spouse and a growing family.
The same stands true for homeowners whose family is shrinking. When the kids move away and head off to college, you don’t need half the space you have! As family changes occur throughout life, you’ll find that you may need to renovate your home to either add more room or to make better use of rooms that are now used for silly things like storing Christmas decorations or clothing you meant to donate years ago.
- It Feels Old
Staring at the same paint colors and sitting on the same furniture for years gets old and boring! Has your home lost that spark it gave you when you walked in or drove past it? Time isn’t always the nicest on a home. Years of exposure to sun, wind, and rain takes its toll. Siding can become weathered and faded. Your once white porch can become discolored and worn.
The second your home starts to feel old and boring, it’s a sign that a renovation project is a must. The good news is that you don’t have to spend your entire month’s paycheck in order to bring a new look to the room. Small projects like a new coat of paint, new appliances, and new lighting can take your room from drab to fab.
- Things Are Breaking
Is your front door extremely hard to close? Do you feel a draft when standing in front of your kitchen bay window? Is the dishwasher extremely noisy these days? A telltale sign that your home needs to be renovated is when things start to break. The longer you’ve lived in a home, the higher risk you face of appliances or elements of your home, such as the windows, being much less efficient and effective.
Once items in the home begin to reach the end of their lifespan, you’ll want to work towards replacing them immediately. This is especially critical for important items like leaky windows or a leaky roof.
- Wear and Damage
Nothing in your home stays in like-new condition for more than a few months. Newly installed carpet will become stained and worn, especially in high traffic areas. A new coat of paint will eventually be marked with scuffs, scratches, and chips. Your once perfect roof may have loose shingles that allow water and moisture to seep into the walls.
When items in the home start to wear or become damaged, it’s important to renovate or upgrade them. While some projects will be costly, renovating sooner rather than later lessens the extent of the damage.
- Some Rooms Are Off Limits
Is your first-floor bathroom unusable because of leaking pipes? Have you had to turn an entire bedroom into a storage room because of a lack of space? When rooms or areas in your home start to become off limits, this is a telltale sign that you’re in desperate need of a renovation. With the amount of money you paid for your home, you want to make sure that you can use every square foot of it!
There are all sorts of signs that it’s time to renovate and upgrade your home. If you suffer from any of the items mentioned above, it may be time to renovate.
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