4 Signs It's Time to Renovate Your Home

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 23 May 2018 05:47

Renovations may not be at the top of your to-do list, but your home may be giving you signs that it's time to make some improvements. Whether you plan to sell now or decades in the future, it's important to listen to these signs to keep your home in good shape. A well-maintained home holds its value.

The alternative is a home that falls into disrepair.

Here are four signs that your home is in need of renovation.

1. The Roof is Leaking

A leaking roof is more than just an inconvenience; it can be a health hazard. If left unchecked, a leak can lead to mold growth and structural problems. This is one problem you don't want to put on the backburner.

A basic roof with asphalt shingles can cost up to $10,000. The cost will depend on the type of shingle and the size of your home's roof.

2. The Bathroom and Kitchen Look Outdated

What are the two most important rooms in your home in terms of value? The kitchen and bathroom. If these two rooms look outdated, it can make your entire home feel old and outdated.

If your cabinets have rotting frames, mold or pest damage, the problem may go beyond aesthetics. At this point, it becomes a functional issue. And if there are gaps in your caulk or grout (which is common in old bathrooms), water may be seeping into the subfloor and walls, causing wood rot, mold and mildew.

Bathroom remodeling can include installing new flooring, sinks, faucets, toilets and shower walls. Kitchen remodeling can be more complicated and may include installing new countertops, cabinets, appliances and flooring.

Depending on the extent of the renovations, bathrooms and kitchens can be expensive to update. According to Home Advisor, small renovations can cost between $10,000 and $15,000, while major renovations can cost upwards of $20,000.

3. The Toilets are Backed Up

If the toilets are backing up, it may be time to take a closer look at your sewer system – especially if you have an older home.

Old homes may have cast-iron or clay pipes, the latter of which is very prone to breakage. But even with cast-iron, tree roots can infiltrate the pipes, especially if they have been in place for a long time and have corroded.

Replacing a sewer line can cost up to $10,000 or more, depending on where the problem is located and which method is used. With trenchless pipe repair, the cost may be the same, but you won't have to dig up your yard.

While this is a very expensive repair, it is not something that you can put off. If your toilets are routinely backing up and you're not sure of the cause, it may be time to call in a plumber to fix the problem before it gets worse.

4. Termites Have Invaded Your Home

Termite damage is a sign that your home is already in need of repair. An infestation of termites can lead to serious structural issues if the problem isn't quickly resolved.

A professional exterminator can rid your home of termites, but you can expect to spend $300 or more to fix the problem, depending on the extent of the infestation and damage.

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James Stevenson

Hi, My name is James and I've been involved in the property and real estate industry for 10 years now. I hope people will like to read about my thoughts and experiences in the industry and please contact me if you want to discuss my articles further!

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