There are two main reasons you might need a home renovation: firstly, you think you need a reno (you’re bored of the way your space looks and feels), and secondly, physical deterioration indicates you’re in need of an upgrade. The second reason can be trickier to spot, since some deterioration (like mold or corrosion) can be hidden.
Of course renovations can be costly and very disruptive to your living arrangement in terms of noise and mess, which can add temporary stress at home. So want to make sure you’re investing in a reno when it’s actually necessary. Take some time to go through your space and think about the following factors when deciding whether or not to reno.
Some say the kitchen is the most important room in the house. More often than not, as holidays revolve around food and socializing, we end up gathering in the kitchen more than any other space. Because of this, the kitchen is one of the rooms that is the most susceptible to wear and tear. The most obvious signs of aging in the kitchen will be on the countertops, cabinets and floors. Scratches, burn marks and indents are all par for the course when you’re moving pots and pans around and missing the cutting board from time to time.
Upgrading even one of these items could be all you need to revamp the space. Painting the cabinets, replacing the countertops, or changing your flooring (or all of the above!) might be all you need to feel like you have a brand new kitchen you’re excited to gather in.
Bathrooms tend to be designed on trends and are susceptible to quickly looking outdated. Dampness and rot can also make replacements necessary on a structural level. Depending on the popular design styles when the bathroom was designed, it might feel like it’s a few decades old. If this is the case and you want to modernize your bathroom, you may have to consider getting new appliances (sink, shower walls, faucets, toilet, etc.) This reno can be costly, but it can be worth it to make the investment both for your comfort and for boosting your home’s resale value in the Victoria real estate market.
It’s important that you feel comfortable and cozy in your living room and that it’s an inviting space you want to unfurl and spend time in. So take a good look. What are the colours like? How is the spatial arrangement - do you feel calm and relaxed, or crowded and cramped? How’s the lighting? Are there chips in the wall paint? Determine what it is that’s making you consider a reno in this room, and prioritize from there.
When looking at the exterior of your home, some things to look for are cracked plaster, chips in paint or dull-looking paint, any weak spots or leaky roof (which, living in Victoria with the West Coast rain, is a priority to have sealed!) Beyond these structural items, is this a house you feel proud to come home to? An entire modification of the exterior can be pricey, but painting or changing the light fixtures or the front door might be all you need to switch things up and feel excited about your home again.
Just as Marie Kondo, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up “ encourages us to ask of every item we use “does this spark joy?” (and if it doesn’t, to let it go), you could similarly walk into each room of your home and ask yourself: “does this feel like home?” Do you enjoy your space? Do you look forward to coming home to it? If the answer to these questions is “no,” then it might be time to give your home a little TLC with a renovation.