Your kitchen is arguably an essential space in your house. It’s where you make food (and memories). It’s where you spend the first half of your day, making coffee and having breakfast. In the evening, it acts as a catalyst in bringing the entire family together.
However, sometimes this catalyst can be a catastrophic setting. The wallpaper might be peeling off, cabinets squeaky, and the tiles jaded.
If you’re a homeowner who still needs help deciding on a remodel, we’ve got some telltale signs to help. Not acting on those can be catastrophic for both the aesthetic and resale value of your kitchen.
1. Troublesome Storage
Storage is an integral part of any kitchen’s functionality.
Modern kitchen comprises of cabinets, pantry, closets, and so much more. However, sometimes it isn’t nearly enough. This is often due to a bad layout or not enough storage options. It can also be because your family has grown, and now there’s no space to keep everything that you need.
If you feel overwhelmed because of the lack of storage and how difficult it can get every day — you might want to consider adding some storage options or fixing the kitchen layout to accommodate more storage.
2. Cramped Spaces
The flow of the kitchen space is a crucial element in its design.
At any point in time, there can be more than one person in a kitchen. For instance, someone might be cooking, and someone might be grabbing cereal from the cabinet right next to the stove, while another family member is making their way to the refrigerator to grab a snack. We’ve all been there.
If you feel like there are too many people in your kitchen and there’s a constant feeling of being cramped, then it’s a sign that you’ve outgrown your current kitchen space. You can consider upgrading your kitchen to ensure that it’s appropriately designed to accommodate your family and its needs.
3. Significant Wear and Tear
No one expects a kitchen to be perfectly clean all the time.
That being said, there’s a significant difference between a messy kitchen and a broken one. If you’ve got a couple of creaky cabinets here and there, then it’s not a big deal. However, if you’ve got multiple cabinets falling apart, there’s leaks everywhere, broken tiles, etc. It would be best if you got them fixed as soon as possible. Not only are they unappealing, but they’re also dangerous in a zone like a kitchen.
4. Countertop Clutter
Speaking of messy, do you feel like you glance at your kitchen countertop, and you struggle to see the surface?
Well, you’re not alone.
Many older houses did not consider counter space. This is because they didn’t have as many appliances as we do today. Hence, even if you have a limited number of appliances, you’re more likely to feel cluttered — simply because your kitchen does not have the space to keep them in an organized manner.
You can get a bigger countertop or install an island to increase your counter space and add some storage in the kitchen.
5. Bad Lighting
Your kitchen is one of the most welcoming areas of your home.
However, it may not feel like it is. You’ve considered everything, you’ve looked at the decor, you’ve looked at the layout, and how you’ve arranged the appliances, you’ve even gone ahead and repainted it, but nothing seems to work. The answer lies in the lighting.
Your kitchen’s lights can make or break the space. If your kitchen feels gloomy at all times, then consider updating the lighting fixtures. Simple overhead lights and under-cabinet lights can transform your space in no time.
6. Old Appliances
Whether you were stuck with old appliances when you first got the house, or you haven’t upgraded them in some years — they can have a significant impact on how the kitchen functions daily.
Not only do old appliances cause inefficiency, they also contribute a lot to your utility bills. Older appliances consume more power and require more maintenance. If you’re holding on to older appliances for a long time now, it’s time to upgrade to more efficient ones immediately.
7. It’s High Maintenance
Have you ever felt that regardless of how much you clean your kitchen, it is always dirty? Or that you’re continually repairing something or running into broken elements in your kitchen?
If the answer is yes, you need to upgrade your kitchen. If your kitchen is difficult to maintain for no reason at all and you are devoting an unreasonable amount of time in the upkeep of your kitchen, then it’s one of the most evident signs that your kitchen is screaming for an upgrade.
8. Outdated Decor
Your kitchen’s decor goes beyond its aesthetic appeal.
Yes, it does matter how presentable your kitchen is. You do not want to walk into a kitchen that looks like it’s straight out of a “‘70s Show”. In essence, a vintage look is appealing only when it’s done intentionally.
Circling back to the topic, your kitchen’s decor provides value beyond the appeal. It also dictates the functionality of it. A kitchen that was designed in 2010 is not for a homeowner in 2020. There are so many changes in technology and kitchen design that a kitchen with outdated decor does more harm from a functional perspective than from an aesthetic one. If your kitchen needs some TLC, it’s time to consider updating it.
The Bottom Line
Your kitchen is your happy space, as a homeowner, you want to walk into the kitchen and feel energized and motivated to take on your day and not feel overwhelmed from all that’s wrong with it. Emotional peace aside, an updated kitchen increases the value of your house. If you want to sell your home in the near future, you’ll see considerable returns after updating your kitchen.