You love where you live and the neighborhood, but your home is showing some signs of ageing. You are starting to feel dissatisfied about the outdated fixtures, cabinetry, and layout that date back to the 80s. Given this, you have a very good reason to start the home renovation project that you’ve been dreaming of.
Wondering when is the right time to update your home and where to start? Here’s a checklist to help you decide:
1. Your home exhibits clear signs of deterioration.
A renovation is necessary when you are living in an old house. Exterior and interior deterioration is a sign of structural issues, which you shouldn’t neglect, as this might lead to more expensive problems down the road.
Some of the clear signs of deterioration are:
- Cracks on brickwork/stonework
- Porch, patio, or exterior staircase that pulls away from the house
- Gaps in window and doorways
- Leaning, cracked chimney
- Concrete slabs that don’t fit together as neatly as they used to
- Curved, bowed walls
- Random wall cracks
- Gaps between the floor and wall
- Uneven flooring
- Popping nails
- Stuck windows and doors
When you are starting to see these signs of structural damage, especially if you see more than one, you need to consider a home renovation immediately. A harmless structural damage can turn serious quickly. Tackle these problems as soon as possible for everyone’s safety.
2. You have the money to do it.
If money is not an issue, most homeowners will decide to renovate their homes the moment they know it’s needed. However, renovating a home is a major financial decision, and not everyone has sufficient funds to do one immediately.
However, if you have sufficient equity in your home, you might be able to cover the costs of renovation with a home equity loan. Our friends from eChoice have published a guide about this kind of loan, and you might find it useful.
3. You plan on staying in the home long enough to see a return on investment.
If your home renovation project requires a substantial financial investment, make sure that you’re going to use and enjoy the benefits for years to come, and you have a chance of recouping the costs when you sell the house in the future. Opt for a home improvement project that adds value to your home.
4. You need more space.
One day, you woke up and realised your family has outgrown your home.
You have a baby on the way.
The kids are at the age where they want more privacy and they’re asking for their own rooms.
Your spouse needs a home office.
Your ageing parents are coming to live with you and their grandchildren.
Suddenly, the house feels too small for everyone in it.
When you need more room for your growing family, it’s time to reach out to a designer who can help you extend your home and create larger living spaces.
5. Your home feels outdated.
When you feel like your home needs to catch up with the times, you need a renovation.
You can do a complete kitchen redo with upgraded, modern cabinets and tiles. No more warping linoleum flooring that traps moisture on the subfloor.
Say goodbye to your living room fireplace that takes you back to the 1960s when you upgrade to a modern stone veneer fireplace.
A renovation, when done right, will make you feel happy and will boost your confidence. You will be proud to show your new home to your friends and family when they visit.
6. Your space isn’t functioning properly.
Do you get frustrated because your home’s layout is not ergonomic? Are some parts of the house giving you a back pain? Are the rooms not well lit and uncomfortable?
When your home isn’t addressing your day to day needs, you need to reassess your current home design. A designer can help you improve the design to complement your lifestyle. You can open up the space, build more clever storage, and make way for more workspace.
7. You’re not using all the space that you have.
When you have a significant unused space in your home, you should consider how to make it more functional. For instance, you can combine two rooms to build a master en suite. You can merge the kitchen and dining room. Take down a wall and make a larger space for you or everyone to enjoy.
8. You’re emotionally attached to your home even though it’s not meeting your current needs.
When your home has sentimental value, selling and moving is not an option. Renovate to make sure it suits your current lifestyle. Turn it into a home where you can have a family and watch your kids grow.
9. You can tolerate a temporary disruption in lifestyle.
Last but not least, when you can tolerate having a noisy and messy construction site for at least three to six months, you are ready for a home renovation project.
Renovations are messy, time consuming, and very stressful. You have to be emotionally and physically prepared for it. It will disrupt your daily life.
To minimise the inconvenience to you and your family, consider relocating once construction begins.
It’s time to embark on your home renovation project
If the level of your frustration with your current home design is too high, it’s time to renovate and rework your space to your liking. In that case, we, in Superdraft, are happy to help you. We have completed a lot of home renovation projects across the country. We are located in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Perth, Canberra, and the Gold Coast, and we have hundreds of designers across Australia.
Need guidance on how and where to start? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.