Spring is in the air! Do you know what that means? No…not more birds waking you up at 6 AM or more pastel colors than we can stand. It means time for some major kitchen remodeling! But how can you be sure it is a necessary step? Whether you are a homeowner or contractor, here are a few surefire signs that a kitchen is in dire need of an upgrade.

The electric bills are horrendously high.

When electric bills start hurting our finances, the first step most of take is to buy more efficient light bulbs and make sure all appliances not in use are off. But appliances that are always plugged in like that fridge or freezer could go unnoticed for years, leaving you to wonder why all of your efforts have been in vain. Even if you do nothing else, it may be time to look for newer models which are energy efficient. While you’re at it, replace that leaky faucet with one that doesn’t waste so much water – and money!

There hasn’t been a remodel in about 30 years.

Credit: JuddejahThere is a difference between vintage and worn out. If your kitchen looks exactly the same as it did in the 60s, chances are it’s time for a remodel. Kitchen remodels sound like a very big job to those with and without experience, but they needn’t be. Identifying just 4 or 5 things to replace or upgrade in the room (such as the counter tops and flooring) can give it an instant boost.

There are major signs of disrepair.

Credit: Jared ZimmermanPeeling wallpaper or floor laminate, yellowing or chipping paint, rusty faucets, a very loud fridge, cracked or broken tiles and countertops. All of these are considered signs of disrepair and will seriously lower the value of a home. A remodel can easily have all of these replaced and up that value more than you may think.


You are sick of the design, layout, or functionality.

A kitchen remodel doesn’t have to be “necessary” to be necessary. Sometimes, you just can’t stand that center island, or really need a stove that works dependably. Perhaps the color scheme makes you sick and you want to throw all of the appliances in a swamp. Sometimes a remodel is simply necessary for your own sanity. Just as a new wardrobe or makeover can make many of us feel like a million bucks, a kitchen remodel can make our homes feel like palaces.

If you think you may be in need of a kitchen remodel, be sure to check out the next title in this series: How to Set a Kitchen Remodel Budget and Get Design Ideas. Coming soon!

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