Dismissing remodeling your home as something exclusive to people who are well-off and can make extensive upgrades is a mistake. Remodeling your home is good for your home’s longevity. Remodeling is good for your own spirit. Even if you’re someone that dislikes change, you’ve got so much to gain in leaving your old kitchen behind. Unless your kitchen has a retro theme, replacing appliances and upgrading the look is a favor that you owe yourself. When you take the plunge and embrace the change in your life, you’ll see fun benefits and practical benefits, maybe one kind of benefit more than the other, but you will be happy when the work is complete.
Have More Fun Cooking
Maybe this is obvious to some, but not to everyone. Cooking with old appliances and trying to clean and sterilize old surfaces brings a great deal of frustration. Older ovens have a difficult time getting hot, and may consume high amounts of energy, even if they run on gas. Old ranges almost always have trouble heating up evenly, which can result in food being partially burned. Old refrigerators are known for being prone to breaking down, and having less room than modern refrigerators. None of this needs to happen in your new kitchen. Old wiring can be easily replaced, and new appliances will contribute to the best possible experience that you can have in your kitchen. With new appliances and new or refinished surfaces, you’ll find that cooking has become a pleasure, cleaning takes half as long, and you’ve got more reasons to look forward to coming home at the end of the day.
Excuse to Have Dinner Parties
Want to show off your gorgeous new kitchen? Do it! Throw a dinner party for friends. You could even cheat and cater the side dishes, leaving you to prepare the main course and the dessert. You could have your guests come into the kitchen to get their own water or wine, and gloat as they marvel at your granite counter tops, and fresh, colorful tile. You won’t mind clearing the dishes when your dishes are in a beautifully remodeled kitchen. You could even make a corner of your kitchen into a retreat. Just buy or repurpose a stool, add a couple of candles, and voila!
Have Plumbing Inspected
Would you have had your plumbing inspected had you not decided to remodel? Possibly so, but in deciding to move forward with the major renovations, you just made sure that your kitchen is ready and able to undergo the changes that it needs. If you discover that you have leaky or old pipes, the time that you have after the inspection and before the contractor starts is the time to get those issues resolved. Once you’ve taken care of the plumbing that has taken care of you, you’re ready to get your dream kitchen.
Increase Your Home’s Value
The best and most obvious benefit to remodeling your kitchen is the increase you’ll enjoy in the value of your home. Imagine having to suddenly move for work, or to care for a family member. You’ll want to get every penny that you can from the sale of your home. Don’t short change yourself, or your future. Keep your kitchen updated, and you’ll thank yourself.