To renovate or not to renovate. And we’re not talking simple weekend home improvement projects like a new paint color in the kids’ room or updating the photo wall.
Renovating kitchens and bathrooms or installing a new roof is serious business. And taking the plunge is a big decision that involves some stress, money, a substantial time commitment, and a fair amount of mess and inconvenience along the way.
The moral of the story? Take a hard look at why you want to renovate and make sure you’re committed.
We have a few ideas to help decide whether to take the leap and some home improvement tips to keep in mind once you’ve decided to go for it.
Reasons to renovate your home
Maybe something’s broken. Maybe aesthetics are motivating you. Whatever your reasons for renovating, there are a few considerations that can help you make smart decisions as you begin your home improvement journey.
Safety: If there’s a safety issue with your home, it definitely needs to be addressed—no deliberation or guesswork there. Whether it’s electrical, mold, the foundation, or roof leaks, these projects can’t be put off. They need to be repaired to ensure the integrity of your home and the safety of your family.
Function: Nothing may be necessarily “broken” in your home, but it could function better. An open layout might better serve your growing family. Or a second bathroom would make life easier for everyone. Maybe a deck would improve the function of your backyard space for both adults and kids. Make sure upgrades increase the value of your home and don’t eat into valuable, needed space.
Efficiency: Sometimes we have to complete upgrades on our homes that aren’t visible—or fun—but necessary to maintain efficiency. Anything from new windows to a new water heater, plumbing upgrades or a new furnace. You’re going to pay for these improvements upfront, but they will help conserve energy, save you money in the long term, and increase the value of your home.