With over 40 years of business under our belts, we here at Atlas Painting & Restorations Ltd. consider ourselves to be well versed in the art of renovation. When clients come to us inquiring about changes they wish to make upon their home or business, we always strive to provide quality information as well as a thorough assessment. One thing that we have noticed that people fail to realize, however, is not which renovations are necessary, but rather when is an appropriate time to implement them. Remodeling can be an essential project when it comes to your home, as it can help revive energy that may become depleted as time wears on. In order to help homeowners decide when is an appropriate time to renovate, we have compiled a brief list in order to ease this decision, and also provide some insight on where to start your changes.
Follow Your Gut: When called upon to determine which room in the house is the most important space for socializing, most people will decide upon either the living room or the bedroom without hesitation. In reality, the kitchen is an area that usually receives the most traffic, especially in a family home. This is a very underrated and important space, and therefore should be one of the first points of examination prior to renovating. Cabinets and appliances are typically the items that can be easily upgraded, followed by counter tops. If you live in an older building, it may be time to say goodbye to that avocado coloured upholstery and try something with a dose of modern flair.
Every Correction Counts: No matter how proud you are of your home, chances are there are some little things that could be improved. From our experiences, we find that washrooms are often places where states of disrepair can go unchecked for months. If you have some extra time on your hands, peruse your washroom for cracked tiles. Making repairs on small things such as this can certainly make a difference when you are trying to wow your guests! Don’t be afraid to look into replacements either, swapping an appliance for an entirely new one is definitely the superior option compared to attempted re-assembly via duct tape and elbow grease.
Retire From Your Job, Not Your Home: We often find that our elderly clients have a tendency to neglect their own age, failing to make the necessary upgrades so as to promote safety and ease of appliance use. If you or your significant other is approaching retirement, it is never a bad idea to assess areas of your home, such as the washroom, where you could be accident-prone. Replacing bathtubs with step-in showers and installing railings in potentially hazardous areas are simple steps that will help ensure your retirement is a good (and safe) phase of your life.
Basements=Actually Useful: Traditionally, people have a tendency to use their basement as a storage space, throwing everything down there that doesn’t have a place in the rest of the house. What these folks tend to not realize is that these areas can be used for so much more. If you want to make your basement into a living room, media room, man-cave, or anything else, start by arranging the clutter that you likely have down there. By condensing all of your junk and compiling it one place, you will likely realize that you have just opened up a whole new area with boundless renovation and restoration potential!
You Know Stale When You See It: Ultimately, when it comes to renovations, what needs to be done is something that we want our clients to decide rather than ourselves. If you feel that you are content with your home and all of its appliances, then you should definitely follow your hunch and do absolutely nothing! On the other hand, if you are feeling like something is missing from your abode, then it most likely is. Taking a quick walk around your home is the best way to determine this, and potentially create some crafty ideas and improvement strategies.
There are many options and ways that you can spice up your home, so if you feel that you need some quality expert advice, feel free to give us a call for a free quote!