1. Are you thinking of selling your home soon?
Your home’s value is judged from the moment it is seen. Increase the value and tempt potential buyers with fresh paint, clean shutters, a new roof or tidy landscaping. Other simple ways to enhance curb appeal are updating your house number sign, painting your front door, or updating your garage door.
2. Looking to stay in your home through your golden years?
Preparing for Retirement. Make your home golden with age-in-place upgrades such as updating your bathroom with easy step-in showers or tubs with bars and installing toilets for people with limited mobility or in wheelchairs. Easy upgrades such as lever-style door knobs or widening doors can help you enjoy your home even more if mobility becomes an issue.
3. Utility bills too high?
Go green. Seal your single-panel windows with weather stripping or replace with energy-efficient windows and you can save hundreds in monthly bills. Installing programmable thermostats, low-flow water faucets, or an extra layer of insulation can work wonders in keeping your wallet full of cash.
4. Is your kitchen the heart of your home?
Home is where the heart is. It is if your family and friends hang out and spend most of their time there. Make your kitchen even more welcoming with new appliances or refacing or even replacing the cabinets to make your kitchen more functional and comfortable.
5. Is your bathroom functional but dull?
Bathrooms Shouldn’t be Boring. Your bathroom is used every day so you should put some time and money into making it more than just a utilitarian need. A new vanity and faucet with a framed mirror can instantly update your bathroom. Good lighting can brighten up the bathroom, and make the ladies who spend so much time checking their make-up happy in the process.
6. Do your children have friends on the block? Do you want to keep your children in the same schools?
Planting roots. You don’t want to go anywhere while the kids are still young. Don’t put off remodeling or upgrading your home. Make your home suitable for your future plans now.
7. Are you embarrassed? Do you cringe at how dated and lackluster your home looks?
If you think your house is stuck in the 80s or beyond, there are easy upgrades to update your home. New countertops, moulding, or new outlets and switch plates can instantly make your home look newer. Getting rid of your popcorn ceiling makes your home immediately look newer.
8. Does your home look fine, but you’re feeling meh?
Your home feels stale. It may just need a minor facelift. Painting your walls and baseboards can make your home instantly feel fresh and clean. New paint is one of the effective ways to freshen up your home when you’re on a budget.
9. Is your basement a dungeon or a storage unit?
Make your basement usable. Make it into a living space, such as a media room or an extra living room. Add a closet and a window for an extra bedroom. Add useable square footage to increase the overall value of your home.
10. Why buy a new home when you can renovate the one you already own?
Avoid the stress of buying a new home. Buying a new home can be stressful and time-consuming, not to mention applying for a new mortgage and trying to sell your old home too. Instead of looking for a new home that you think will be perfect for you, consider upgrading your existing home to make it perfect for you.
11. Is your house getting a bit crowded?
Getting More Space. Additional space is always welcome. Remodeling a basement or an attic can give you the gym, entertainment room, guest suite, home office or anything else that you need. If your lot is big enough, consider a room addition instead such as a mother-in-law suite.
12. Need to Fix a Safety Issue?
Safety first! Some home renovation projects aren’t to add value to your home, but to protect your home and family. Electrical problems, roof leaks, or a crack in the foundation are some problems that must be taken care of to keep your family safe and prevent catastrophic or total loss of the home.
13. Are you sitting on piles of cash?
Financing is still affordable. Although some people might be sitting on piles of cash they can use for a remodel (we’re not jealous or anything), many rely on financing—often by borrowing against the equity in their homes. And these days, it’s a great time to take out a home equity loan or line of credit because home prices are rising and loan rates are still low.