7 Signs It’s Time for a Home Renovation

You love your home, its location and neighborhood, but it’s showing it has outdated fixtures and cabinetry in the kitchen or an obsolete layout that you need to change.

Where do you even start with any home remodel ideas?

Here’s a home remodeling checklist to help you decide if it’s time to finally start renovating your house:

1. Your home exhibits clear signs of aging and deterioration.

Sometimes a home remodeling is a necessity. It might be that there are structural issues as a result of deterioration like a leaking roof, rotting floorboards on a front porch, or fireplace and foundation repointing needs. Or it could be that your carpets are showing a decade or more of wear and weathering, or tiles are detaching in a kitchen or bathroom.

Home deterioration issues shouldn’t be neglected, as they can not only lead to more expensive problems down the road (like a roof, foundation, or window failure), but they’re probably also impacting your happiness with the home and ability to resell it down the road.

2. You have the funds to do it.

Renovating a home requires a financial investment, especially if you’re planning a significant remodel like a kitchen renovation or an addition. If you have sufficient equity in your home, you may be able to cover the costs of renovation with a home equity loan.

3. You need more space.

Perhaps your family (or lifestyle) has grown since you bought your current home, or maybe your kids have gotten old enough that they want more privacy and the house just feels too small for everyone in it.

If it feels like your family members are all crawling on top of one another, it’s probably time for a change in layout (like renovating the basement or opening up walls to create larger living spaces), or possibly make a home addition.

4. Your home feels out of date.

Maybe it’s the 30-year-old bright brass fixtures in the bathroom, or perhaps it’s the linoleum in the kitchen. Is your living room fireplace a throwback to the 1960s? Does your kitchen feel like a cave because of dark-stained cabinets?

If you feel like your home needs to catch up with the times, then chances are a remodel is in order. Whether that’s a complete kitchen redo with upgraded cabinets in airy white, or a living room upgrade with a modern stone veneer fireplace remodel and a layer of new carpeting and fresh paint in contemporary colors.

Not only will remodeling your house for a more modern aesthetic make you feel happier in your environment, it also will help you boost your home’s value.

5. Your space isn’t functioning properly.

Do you get frustrated every time you cook a meal because you don’t have sufficient counter space in your kitchen? Do you feel like you’re overwhelmed with clutter and don’t have enough storage space?

Maybe you need to open up your kitchen and put in a bar for more storage and workspace. Perhaps you need some walk-in closets or a built-in entertainment center around the fireplace in your living room.

If your space isn’t complementing your lifestyle, it may be time for a renovation.

6. You’re not using all the space that you have.

Perhaps you have a guest bedroom that hasn’t seen a guest in 10 years. Or maybe your dining room sees a set table only once a year for a holiday gathering. If you have significant unused space in your home, consider how you might make it more functional. Perhaps you can pull down a wall between a master bath and a little used guest room to create a large master suite with a deep soaking tub or luxurious shower.

Or maybe if you open up the space between your dining room and kitchen, you can gain not only more kitchen space but an eating area that’s clearly joined to where you are cooking, making for a better entertaining space as opposed to a formal dining room where you rarely eat.

7. You’re emotionally attached to your home even though it’s not meeting your current needs.

If you have a strong emotional attachment to your home and neighborhood, renovating your house is probably a better idea then selling and moving. Perhaps you live in a close-knit neighborhood surrounded by people you’ve come to trust. Maybe your kids are thriving in the local school. Or perhaps this is the home where your children were born, and it holds emotional significance for you.


There are many reasons to consider a home renovation.  The best course of action is to call in an expert to begin the ideas and estimating stage.  This is the first and most important step. You don’t want to get too far into your dream projects just to find out they are cost prohibitive.  A true renovation advocate can help you with contractors, estimates and good ideas.

Jim Edwards is the Home Advocate.  His clients love how he gives them the options and advice from years of real world construction experience.  He has seen it all, fixed it all and helped homeowners create the home of their dreams. Jim can be reached at jim@homeadvocatemadison.com or by calling (608)480-1057.

Posted in Home Additions, Home Renovation, Kitchen Remodel.