The kitchen tends to be the first room in the home that shows its age. That’s one reason why it’s the most frequently remodeled room in the home. If you’re wondering if it’s time to remodel your kitchen, here are some signs to help you decide.
It hasn’t been remodeled since the 90s
If it’s been 20 plus years since you last undertook a home improvement project in your kitchen, it’s time for a remodel. You can skip the rest of the signs because a kitchen definitely needs an upgrade every 20 years or so. If you’re having trouble remembering when was the last time you upgraded the kitchen, Formica or laminate countertops and floral wallpaper are some tell-tale signs that it’s been at least 20 years.
You can’t use any other appliances if the microwave is in use
The electrical code standards have come a long ways in the last few decades. New appliances require more wattage than they used to and many kitchen electrical systems aren’t up to the task. If you’re constantly having to reset your breakers almost every time you prepare a meal, you need to bring in an electrician to catch your kitchen up to the 21st century.
You eat out or order in to avoid cooking
While this may just be a sign you don’t like to cook, it’s also likely to be a sign that you’re not happy in your kitchen. The average person spends nearly 6 hours per week in the kitchen preparing meals and if you don’t love your kitchen, you’ll make excuses to avoid meal preparation. A sign of a good kitchen is when you find yourself wanting to prepare home-cooked meals because you enjoy your kitchen so much.
There’s not enough storage/counter space
If you find yourself wishing every single day that you had more places to store things or more surface area to prepare meals, it may be time for a remodel. Of course a remodel probably isn’t going to give you more square footage for the kitchen, unless walls are knocked down and it’s taken from a neighboring room, but a remodel can create interesting storage solutions and make much better use of the space you do have.
It’s getting harder and harder to find appliances that fit
Appliances have certain standard dimensions and today’s kitchens are designed with those dimensions in mind. If you’re no longer able to find appliances that fit where the old ones used to, it’s probably time for a remodel unless you want to custom-order all your appliances from here on out.
It feels right
Sometimes, when it’s time to remodel, you just know it. If your gut is telling you it’s time to replace those laminate countertops with marble, or that ugly tile floor with wood, or to cover up those old baseboard radiators with snap-on baseboard radiator covers, then it’s time.