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4 reasons you know it’s time to renovate

By Yianna Sakabetis

1. There’s no controlling the climate

Is your house both intolerably hot in summer and insufferably cold in winter? Many older homes are inadequately insulated, which can leave you in a position where you’re running the air conditioning or heating constantly and racking up a huge power bill – not to mention your carbon footprint.

Uncomfortable temperatures can also be improved with better-positioned windows to encourage airflow, thereby combating temperature control issues such as mould. If you’re in this situation, you may want to consider renovating.

2. You’re busting at the seams

Do you feel like you’ve gone from the blissful life of newlyweds to bursting at the brims with kids and all the stuff that comes along with them? If you answered ‘yes’, then it’s probably time to bite the bullet and extend your little pad into something more functional and family-friendly.

Busy homes can quickly become stressful homes and if you feel like you’re living on top of one another, being able to add another bedroom or even a kids’ retreat can be a total game changer.

3. You’ve sprung a leak

If ever there was an excuse to renovate it’s because you have a fairly substantial leak. Bathroom leaks are not uncommon and the resulting damage can often be extensive.

Ongoing water leaks will eventually rot a timber frame, which can compromise the structural integrity of the home. You might also start popping tiles and develop recurring mould.

It’s often difficult to fix a leak without pulling up a lot of the hard surfaces, and that generally leads to a full reno.

4. You dread coming home

I’m a renovator so can generally find the potential in most homes – but some homes simply don’t have enough endearing qualities to keep the love affair alive for any amount of time.

My state of mind is very much dictated by the state of my house. I sit in the newly renovated part of my home and consider how lucky I am. Meanwhile, downstairs is not only un-renovated but plain bad and I generally just avoid going there at all costs.

So I get it. Being comfortable in your home is important. If you’re starting to feel less than house proud, it might be time to take action.

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