If you’re like most homeowners, the kitchen one of the most heavily utilized rooms in your home. As such, it’s more prone to wear and tear than other areas of the property. Appliances break down, flooring gets damaged, and you run out of storage space. Things also simply become outdated with age—this is especially true for appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers, as well as décor and surface materials that follow passing trends.
Because the kitchen is one of the most important rooms of your house—and because it’s such an important selling point for potential homebuyers—it’s always a great candidate for home renovations. But how do you really know if your kitchen needs work? Here are five signs.
1. Outdated appliances
Kitchen appliances are technological products, and it goes without saying that technology is progressing fast. There is always a newer, sleeker, faster, quieter appliance out there. Updated appliances can give your kitchen a fresh appearance, as well as save money on utility bills. Examples include energy-efficient dishwashers, refrigerators and stovetops.
2. Flooring damage
Kitchens get a lot of traffic. Plus there’s often plumbing under the floors, and things are often dropped during meal preparation. Water can damage plywood floors, and over time linoleum and tile floors tend to get scuffed and chipped. Not only is this unattractive; it can also be a safety hazard, especially if the tiles are sufficiently chipped that someone could trip.
Translation: Kitchen floors put up with a lot of abuse, and giving them a fresh start can be a seriously rewarding endeavor.
3. Lack of storage
Are your cabinets and drawers filled to the brim? Are pots and pans balanced precariously on top of each other? Is it frustrating to burrow through the cupboards and assemble everything you need to prepare a meal? If so, it may be time to add more storage space. Modern kitchens have intuitive, smart storage options—so even if your available space is small, a kitchen renovation can effectively create more space.
4. Dated design
Elements like cabinets, counters, lighting, and flooring often follow transient design trends. If you designed your kitchen 10, 15, or even 25 years ago, this may very well be obvious to you. Some features stand the test of time, of course, but others make you feel as though you’re stepping back in time. If your kitchen feels tired and dated, it may be time to renovate.
5. Cluttered counters
Do you feel as though you don’t have enough work space on your counters? Is there an appliance or storage container on every available surface? Adding more counter space can be a game-changer in your kitchen; it reduces clutter and makes food preparation more efficient. Your kitchen may occupy a small space but there are ways to maximize your counter space, and even just a little more room may make a big difference.
Time for a change?
The combination of aesthetic, functional, and financial benefits will always keep kitchen renovations at the top of the list for homeowners. Knowing what to do for your particular kitchen, however, requires considerable thought. You want to make a smart investment that also reflects your tastes, and collecting ideas and estimates from qualified home renovation specialists is one of the best ways to do this.
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