Your home is one of the most essential things in your life. It keeps you and your family safe, holds all your belongings and becomes your most valuable asset over time. As such, you want to take care of your house so it continues to serve you well. These signs will let you know if it’s time for a little TLC.
1. YOU HAVEN’T CLEANED IN A WHILE
Life gets busy, and sometimes, it’s hard to keep up with the cleaning. Your house may fall into disrepair after gathering so much dirt and dust — leaving room for pests and other detrimental things to sneak in and feel right at home. The best plan is to attack one room each day with cleaning supplies. If you don’t have the time to clean, consider hiring a maid service that can take care of the hard work for you. Then, you’ll appreciate your clean home and won’t have to worry about anything lurking around in the dark and dusty corners.
2. YOU HAVE HIGH ENERGY BILLS
The average American’s monthly energy bill is nearly $120. Some people may see this price as a symptom of living in the wrong place, but you can reduce that cost by giving your home a little TLC. Switch to more energy-efficient options, like lightbulbs and appliances, to reduce your consumption. This can also reduce your carbon footprint and positively affect the environment. Upgrading these parts of your home can lower your electric bill.
3. YOUR NEEDS HAVE CHANGED
Starter homes don’t fit their owners forever, and that’s OK. You may find that your current house doesn’t suit your needs as your family grows. Many people sell at this point, but that doesn’t mean you have to. If you’re attached to your home, it might be time to look at renovations.
Most homeowners choose to remodel the kitchen first, but if you’re running out of space, you may consider converting one area into another, like an office space into a bedroom. If you love your home, rearranging your space to allow new rooms, furniture and features could help meet all your needs.
4. YOUR HOUSE HAS APPRECIATED
You may not be able to tell whether your house has appreciated without getting it appraised, but you can examine the area to know whether it’s earning value over time. Homes in a growing neighborhood with an excellent school districtwill likely see higher price tags. Selling your home while the market is hot means you’ll get the most bang for your buck.
Even if you choose not to move out of your home, its appreciation should make you care about it a little more. It could be valuable one day, and the idea of eventually selling it should motivate you to keep it up and take care of it. That way, it will fetch a finer price than you could have imagined. Besides, living in a valuable home may make you choose nicer belongings and care for your current ones.
5. YOU STRUGGLE WITH YOUR FURNITURE
How long has it been since you upgraded your furniture? It can wear down over time and be detrimental to those who use it. Consider replacing your living room suite when your couch starts to creak, as that can indicate it may fall apart soon. Similarly, mattresses need to be upgraded if you’ve used them for too many years — neglecting them is detrimental to your sleep, which can impact your physical and mental health.
6. YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE UPGRADES
Sometimes, it feels like everything falls apart at once. You can expect your appliances to start failing at the same time if they’re the same age. Planning might reduce this money burden, but saving isn’t always an option for some families. Replacements can get costly fast. You may have to prioritize one upgrade over another until you have the funds to deal with all of them.
Similarly, you may want to renovate parts of your home but cannot afford it. In many cases, a family might outgrow a house and need to remodel it. Most people spend over $10,000 on home remodels, which can be a hefty chunk of cash and potentially hurt a wallet if not saved up. If you can’t handle the costs of upgrading your house, you may look to fix it up just enough to get it ready to sell — and then find a home that suits all your needs.
7. YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE WITH BROKENNESS
How many things in your house are broken that you simply live with? You may have found a way to work around uncomfortable situations or accept things as damaged, but doing this is no way to live.
Start by making a list of all the broken things in your home. Then, prioritize these items by how difficult it is not to have them functional. Do you need your fireplace in the winter, or is having a working sink more important to you? Once you have your list, start working on it and give your home the love and care it deserves.
LOVING THE HOME YOU LIVE IN
Moving is inevitable sometimes. Still, if you live in your dream home, you shouldn’t feel like you have to leave it just to make it suit your needs. Upgrades, fixes, and a lot of love and care can make your house the perfect fit.
Guest Contributor: Rose Morrison