Is your home looking worn-out and outdated? It might be time for a home makeover. Home remodeling and improvement can not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home, but it can also increase its value. However, it may be hard to know when your home needs a revamp, and it may be hard to know just what to do.
In this article, we'll discuss 4 key signs that your home is in need of a makeover. By identifying these signs, you can make informed decisions about where to start with your home improvement project and create a space that you love.
Time For A Change? Discover The 4 Key Signs Your Home Needs A Makeover
1. Increasing Energy Bills
Have you done an audit of your home's utility bills recently? If so, you might have noticed that rates are soaring across the board--no surprise there. But if you have an older home, this could be an even bigger energy drain, seeing as though older homes aren't built at the same level of quality as new builds. That’s simply due to the fact that the technology and resources weren’t available "back in the day", and as such they can’t possibly measure up.
One place where an older home really shows its age is with its windows. Older windows can be drafty and inefficient. If you haven’t replaced them already, you should consider speaking with a reputable window installer about the benefits of switching to double or triple glazed windows. According to Build, "Double glazed windows are an ideal energy efficient choice with the added benefit of minimizing noise. The sealed air gap between the two panes acts as an added layer of insulation. This added thermal resistance reduces the amount of heat escaping in winter and keeps your home at a more comfortable temperature. Double glazing has the reverse effect in summer, preventing unwanted heat from coming into the home. This extra insulation lessens your reliance on artificial heaters and air conditioners and can ultimately reduce your energy costs."
2. Too Much Clutter / Lack Of Storage Space
One of the easiest ways to give your home a makeover is to simply declutter it's contents and embrace a more minimalistic design. There are plenty of awesome ways to incorporate a minimalistic design in your home. You can start by 1--performing said decluttering; 2--limiting the amount of furniture and accessories in each room and 3--getting rid of anything and everything that doesn't work, you aren't (and won't ever be) using and anything that isn’t important or crucial for either practical or aesthetic purposes.
If you are of an absolutely cannot live without it mindset, then may I suggest bringing in a professional? A home remodeling company should be able to provide you with a free estimate for services, perhaps creating extra living (or storage) space with a converted basement or attic!
3. Scratched Floors, Damaged Tile And Dirty, Worn Carpet
While it's easy to tackle scratches, stains and scuff marks on floors (we swear by Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser), dated, dirty carpets should be replaced or at the very least, cleaned with a commercial carpet cleaner (available for rent at most grocers). If you have cracked grout and damaged floor tile, they will most likely need need to be replaced as well. In the aftermath of a household disaster such as a flood, the traces left behind can go far beyond anything the plumber services. Not only are broken tiles an eyesore--making your home look tired and aged--they can pose a hazard as well. Give a professional like The Grout Medic a call to see what they suggest you do before you commit to laying a whole new floor. Repairing just the damaged tiles or adding fresh, new grout could be a possibility, ultimately saving you money.
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4. Guests Are Starting To Notice
As time passes, it's natural for the interior of your home to experience wear and tear. The signs of this can be subtle, and as the homeowner you might just be overlooking it.
In addition to home improvements, it's also important to consider how others may perceive your home décor. While you may love your quirky collection of belly button lint dolls, not everyone will find it as charming as you do. If you're unsure about the appeal of a particular décor item, it may be best to keep it out of sight in a less visible part of the house.
If you're not sure what around your home could use refreshing, asking for the opinions of your friends can be a good starting point. They may notice things that you've grown accustomed to, or have ideas for improvements that you haven't thought of. Invite them over under the guise of a friendly get together, and pick their brains. After all, getting the advice of people you know, love and trust is the best advice of all.
If you're looking for even more ways to give your home a makeover, check out this infographic on 40 ways to give any living space a new lease on life, from Heiton Buckley:
If you're feeling bored or uninspired by your living space, it may be time for a home makeover. By considering these 4 key signs to revamp your living space, you'll be able to identify the areas that need attention and transform your home into a more inviting space. Whether you're looking to upgrade your decor, reorganize your space, or undertake a major renovation project, these home improvement tips will help you achieve the fresh and updated look you've been dreaming of.