How often should you remodel your home?

Your responsibilities as a homeowner do not end once you sign on the dotted line and receive the keys to your house. In fact, owning your own home is a long-term relationship. It is your home that will stand as witness to the many milestones of your life’s journey.

Naturally, with the passing of time, your home would not look as bright and shiny as it was when you first moved in. For homeowners in central Arizona, the changing of the seasons, exposure to environment, and the growth of families can all leave their imprint on a home over the years, rendering it in need of a home remodel in Phoenix.

Experts at the American Real Estate Society recommend a home remodel every 15-20 years to ensure that your home keeps up with changing trends and developments, from building technologies to energy efficiencies and architectural design trends.

The ultimate goal of a home remodel is to improve your living environment to meet your lifestyle and satisfy your family’s needs. A home remodeling project can include adding on additional living areas, redesigning your home for enhanced functionality and comfort, and redecorating.

Before embarking on a home remodel project, most homeowners look at three key factors:

  • Age of the house – when was it built?
  • The last time a renovation or remodeling project was carried out.
  • The areas of the home that could use some TLC.

Areas of the home that often need extra attention

Not all areas of a home experience the same amount of wear and tear. Some sections, particularly the high circulation/heavy use areas of the house will need more attention than other spaces.

The kitchen

There are many reasons that bring the kitchen to the list of key priority areas for a home remodel. In most households, the kitchen is the focal center of a home where the family gathers to catch up on the news of the day, cook, dine and entertain. It is also not uncommon to find that the kitchen doubles as a homework/craft area or a remote office space.

In addition to the constant heavy foot traffic, other equally important reasons may warrant a remodel every 20 years or so. These reasons include an outdated overall style, functionality challenges, and appliances that use obsolete and inefficient technologies.

The bathroom

Like the kitchen, another heavily used area of the home is the bathroom. This little fellow, however, may require an update more often than the kitchen – every 10 years. The main reason for this is that the bathroom is more exposed to humidity and at risk of staining and plumbing problems. You may also contemplate changing the layout of the bathroom or replacing certain elements for improved efficiency (change a bathtub for a shower, for example).

The living room

Reasons to remodel the living room mainly revolve around lifestyle needs. You may want to opt for open-plan living for more space or to bring in more natural light. Maybe you’ve grown tired of the furnishings or décor and want to spruce things up. Your social life and the needs of your family can also change with time – a young family needs a different hangout space than one where socialization includes mostly adults.

Signs that your home is in need of remodeling or renovation

If you need a little help in deciding whether or not it is time for a home remodel, just look to the house itself. A home can tell you when it is time for some TLC.

Wall and floor tiles coming loose

A big indicator that it is time for a change in flooring is when the tiles begin to detach easily. The effects of time can wither away the condition of grouting (this can take anywhere from 20 to 25 years) which ruins the look of the tiles. Another reason for detaching tiles could be a plumbing problem.

An old-fashioned style build

If you feel that the style of your home is outdated then a home remodel can bring it in line with current style trends.

You need more space

An obvious sign that it is time for a home remodel is when the family size has increased and you are all getting in the way of each other. Opening up the layout or adding on living space are viable solutions to meet the needs of a growing family.

Too much clutter

Are you confronted by clutter every time you walk into your home? Not having sufficient storage room can not only be frustrating but also hinder the functionality of your home. There are multiple solutions for that storage problem, from installing more closets to creating dedicated functional areas like a pantry, laundry or entertainment room.

Why choose AZ Neighbor for your home renovation

A home remodel project should never be addressed with a one-size-fits-all approach. At AZ Neighbor, our trusted home renovating Phoenix experts can save you time, effort and money, and ensure that you meet your home remodeling needs and goals. It is always best to rely on the expertise of professionals for quality outcomes, and avoid problems down the line. Contact us today to find out how we can help streamline your home remodel project.

Kristen Ongstad



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