If you’re like most homeowners, your kitchen is one of the most heavily trafficked rooms of your house. In fact, you likely use the room several times per day for cooking, cleaning and doing dishes. Your kids sit at the counters doing homework, your guests hang out in the kitchen as they watch you put the finishing touches on dinner.
With that kind of heavy, regular use, your kitchen will eventually start to show signs of wear and tear. Without regular updates, your kitchen could become an eye sore, or non-functional. Knowing when and how to update can help you keep your home in good condition, and can even improve your quality of life. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common signs that your kitchen needs to be updated.
1. You Need More Storage Space
Maybe your pots and pans used to fit nicely in the cabinets. Lately, you’ve acquired more dishes and specialty cooking items. You’re starting to fill up your counters with clutter, because you’re running out of room in your cabinets.
This is a sign that it’s time to expand your kitchen and/or install new cabinets. Work with a contractor to choose the best cabinet configuration for you. If you need a larger kitchen altogether, work with your contractor to move a wall, install new flooring, expand your counter space and install counters to fit.
2. You Plan to Be in Your Home for a Long Time
A kitchen remodel isn’t cheap. Standard remodels, including new appliances, new flooring and new countertops cost between $10,000 and $40,000. However, if you’re committed to your home and plan to stay in your house for the next several years or decades, a remodel is worth the expense.
A good kitchen remodel can improve your quality of life by making your kitchen a more functional, beautiful place to spend time. Talk to a contractor to troubleshoot issues you’re having in the kitchen. Just a few smart changes can make your kitchen the room you’ve always wanted it to be.
3. Your Kitchen Is a Disaster After Every Meal
It’s common for kitchens to get messy after big meals, but if your kitchen is consistently a mess every time you cook, then you likely need more work space. Work with a contractor to expand your counter space or even your floor space. The more room you have to move around, cut up food, chop vegetables and more, the easier it will be to prepare delicious meals.
4. Your Countertops and Floors are Showing Their Age
Maybe your counters and floors were the height of fashion 20 years ago, but today they make your kitchen look old and dated. Installing new counters can make the room beautiful once again. Contact an expert to discuss installation and to view material samples before choosing the right countertops and flooring for you.