While small DIY improvements can be a great way to spruce up a kitchen, there comes a point when it’s time to stop merely making repairs and start investing in a full kitchen renovation project.
If you’re having trouble determining if your kitchen is ready for a full renovation, here are five tell-tale signs that the time to renovate is NOW!
Think about your lifestyle – do you love to cook but are struggling to release your inner chef in your tiny, cramped kitchen? Perhaps you love to entertain however your kitchen is separated from the rest of your home and you feel isolated from your guests. The truth is, a poorly-designed space can be difficult to live and work in. If you find that your current environment is not working with your lifestyle, then a full kitchen renovation is the answer. While a kitchen renovation might seem like a big investment, you can’t put a price on the ease it will bring to your lifestyle.
If you don’t know where to start, engaging the help of an interior designer is a great first step. A professional interior designer can help you narrow down your needs and preferences to make the most out of the space you have available. Interior designers are trained in space planning and can help you create your ideal layout, maximising every last millimetre of storage in your kitchen, while still creating a visually striking room. A professional designer can also help you decide on a colour scheme and style for your home that fits your taste and your lifestyle.
Older appliances are generally more costly to run and maintain than newer appliances. Not only are older appliances more expensive to run but they also take longer to cook meals, are harder to clean and are taking up more space (that could be used for storage) than modern options.
If you’re thinking that your current appliances could be draining your budget, take a look at your previous bills to determine how much you’re paying to run them each month. If you find out that you’re paying too much, upgrading your appliances is a worthwhile investment. In the long run, you will end up with a more environmentally sustainable home that will be cheaper and more efficient to run.
You may have collected and saved inspiration pictures of your favourite styles, colour palettes, fixtures and fittings and come to realise that the current style of your kitchen is not even close to what you would like it to be. More importantly, is the list of issues in your kitchen constantly growing? If your kitchen has leaky taps, loose fixtures or cracked tiles, it sounds like it’s screaming old and tired! These problems are likely difficult to clean and could be causing too.
If you identify with this situation, it may be time to consider a kitchen renovation. While aesthetics are an important part of the process, addressing structural problems in your kitchen is an essential component to maintaining the integrity of your home. The longer you leave issues unattended, the more damage you risk to the space, and the more it will cost you in the future.
Real estate agents agree that it’s the kitchens and bathrooms that sell homes. The reality is that if you have an outdated or poorly designed kitchen, you should remodel it before selling because it will help your home to sell faster.
If you’re thinking about selling your home soon or in years to come, why not enjoy the benefits of a newly renovated kitchen with your family before putting up a for sale sign?
If your kitchen is falling apart and making you despise the space so much you don’t even want to go near it, then that is the biggest sign of them all that you should be renovating. A functional, useable and stylish kitchen will make it so much easier to work in and change the way you and your family live, for the better.
So, if your kitchen is showing tell-tale signs that the time to renovate is NOW, engage with the professionals to help you bring your dream kitchen to life.
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