There are always a dozen reasons to put off remodeling, after the kid’s go back to school … or perhaps after the holidays. Before you know it, it’s been years, and you are no closer to achieving your remodeled space than you were when Y2K was a hot topic. Don’t put it off any longer! Need help getting off the upgrade fence? Here are three short questions that will help you decide it’s time to stop procrastinating and start upgrading.
Is your home out of style?
Back in 2005, your 1990’s kitchen was just a little out of date. Fast forward to 2015 and your space is downright retro. If cooking in your kitchen conjures up visions of Full House or Family Matters, you’re living in the wrong decade. Get with the times, and stop living in the past! Can’t afford an overhaul? If you don’t have the funds for a major remodel, a facelift will do a lot to update your home and your life. You don’t have to take it down to the studs. New cabinetry, flooring, countertops, and paint can go a long way toward updating your space.
Question # 2:
Are your appliances more out of shape than you realized?
If more than one of the following appliance issues apply to you, it’s time to replace them:
You spend additional time scraping every little piece of food off your plate before loading it in the dishwasher (or it won’t get clean).
Your appliances are constantly emitting a humming or buzzing sound . . . or worse: clunks and rattles.
Your energy costs are through the roof.
You have had to throw out all the contents of your freezer or refrigerator on more than one occasion when it stopped working.
When upgrading your appliances, look for efficient energy saving options. According to Energy Star, “Every appliance comes with two price tags: what it costs to take it home and what it costs to operate and maintain it each month. ENERGY STAR qualified appliances incorporate advanced technologies and use 10 to 50-percent less energy than standard appliances. From refrigerators to clothes washers, ENERGY STAR qualified appliances save energy, save money, and help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants at the source.”
Are you in your “forever home?”
If you plan to stay put, make the ride more enjoyable! The best part about upgrading your forever home is that you and your loved ones will get to enjoy the changes for years to come. In addition, you will be able to customize your space to fit the unique needs of your family. Don’t spend another holiday with family members cast adrift at foldout and card tables. Remodel and make room for that huge dining table you’ve been dreaming of for years. Not to mention, remodeling your forever home brings the benefit of not having to worry about the return on investment of your renovation choices. And let’s not forget about preparing your home for retirement. It’s never too early to start thinking about keeping yourself mobile in your home during your senior years.