Tackling home remodeling is a huge undertaking, especially when you’re unsure where to start. Luckily, your residential property will show you signs when it’s ready for a facelift. You’ve likely already noticed them.
At NOVA Exteriors, we help homeowners renovate their windows, sidings, doors, and roofs in and around Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
Read on as our home improvement contractor discusses the five signs that you need to consider for a remodeling project. If any of these items ring true, call us today to request a quote!
1. You Notice the Deterioration
The primary sign that your home needs remodeling is when you can see the deterioration. Damage comes in many forms, including:
- Unlevel surfaces
- Worn-down surfaces
- Water stains
You might notice such issues in many places. For example:
- Your wooden decking is showing signs of rot
- Your windows have cracks
- Your roof or pipes leak
- Your bathroom tiles lift from the seams
Sound familiar? Most of us will nod knowingly. Aging happens to all our homes.
Some issues have simpler fixes, like a roof replacement or new carpet, though foundational problems may require much larger renovation projects.
If you’re intimidated by the scope of your home’s needs, consider what potential buyers might think. Leak stains on the ceiling from a faulty roof could decrease your property value. Fixing the issue will make your home more comfortable and also improve future investment returns.
For any exterior issues such as your siding, roof, windows, or doors, contact our home improvement contractor from NOVA Exteriors to discuss your project!
2. You’ve Outgrown the Space
When you bought your home, it felt like a perfect fit. Over time, however, your family grows, you pick up new hobbies, collect more items, and the home begins to seem smaller and more cluttered.
Often, homeowners think they’ll need to move after they’ve outgrown a house, but surprisingly, you can often resolve the problem through renovations.
Shifting around your floor plan to create a more efficient layout could give you the space you require without having to leave your beloved home. For example, if you need more kitchen cabinets and counter space, you could remove a wall to extend the kitchen into the living room. If you need an additional bedroom or bathroom, you could add an extension to the house with all the items you need.
3. Certain Spaces Don’t Function As Intended
Do you have a guest room collecting dust or swimming pools that you only use twice a year? Often, having such spaces may sound great in theory—that is, until you realize how little you use them. Non-functioning spaces can include any rooms or portions of the house that you can’t or don’t enjoy or use daily.
For example, you might have a small room connecting your kitchen and dining room that currently serves no purpose. By removing a wall or two, you could extend your kitchen into this area, adding more space and function to your home.
Sometimes non-functional spaces require remodeling, though occasionally, you can repurpose the area. For example, with an extra guest room, you could knock down a wall to extend your master. Another option would be to remove the bed and furniture to transform the room into a large walk-in closet to free up space in your cluttered bedroom.
Non-functioning parts of the home also include components that stopped working. You might have a jammed window that you haven’t opened in years or a faulty door knob that doesn’t lock. Replacing these items is an easy way to add functionality to your home.
4. Everything’s Outdated
You might not think your outdated appliances or furnishings require remodeling, but updating such items can improve your daily experience and boosts your home’s value.
For example, you might have an outdated kitchen with dingy cabinets, an out-of-style countertop, and old appliances. Although it functions:
- It’s not appealing to look at
- The appliances don’t have modern features
- The countertops can’t handle hot surfaces
- The cabinets frequently get stuck
Refreshing and modernizing your entire kitchen will resolve these issues and increase your future market value.
Outdated items don’t only include appliances. You might have outdated windows that let your cold air out all summer. Updating your windows will improve energy efficiency and carbon emissions while boosting property values.
Similarly, updating your oven, dishwasher, HVAC unit, and more could reduce your monthly electric bills. Such investments will save you money in the long run.
5. You Have the Funds and Plan To Stay
You should only consider home renovations if you have the funds. Depending on the project, you might need anywhere from a few hundred dollars for a cosmetic facelift to $50,000+ for a full home extension. We recommend reviewing your financial situation before making any decisions.
You should also consider how long you plan to live in the home. If you plan on moving soon, you likely won’t gain back much of your investment for some changes. For example, if you spend $50,000 on a renovation and sell the house only a few months later, you likely won’t recoup your investment.
Real estate is an appreciating asset, which means that it usually generates value over time. The longer you live in a house, the more value it gains. If you think you might stay in the home for several years, investing in renovations can improve your overall returns.
Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior With NOVA Exteriors!
When you’re ready to remodel, consider starting with the outside first. If your home needs new windows, siding, roofing, or doors, contact us at NOVA Exteriors! Our renovations improve property values, reduce energy costs, and boost curb appeal.
In the interest of consumer protection, we offer industry-leading warranties and a top-notch home improvement contractor training and certificate program ranked above industry standards. We operate in and around Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
Call us at NOVA Exteriors today at (703) 322-1500 to request a quote from our home improvement contractor!
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