Ready for our renovating / tips series? Today I am sharing with you some tips that will help you to know when it is time to replace the items in your home.
You’ve had the same recliner for the last 30 years, and you see nothing wrong with it, despite the complaints you get from everyone else in your family. Sure, the spring has busted and the leather is peeling, but you love the way it feels, and the end of your night just isn’t the same without it. You don’t think you need to replace it, but you want to keep the peace. What do you do?
Your water heater has been acting up lately, and you’ve been ending a lot of showers earlier than you would like because of the blast of cold water you’ve been getting. Yet you don’t have the money to replace it. What do you do?
How do you know when it’s truly the time to replace the items in your home, if they just need a minor repair, or if you can get by for a little longer as is? Here are some guidelines to help you decide:
You can replace your furniture after just a couple of years if you’re just tired of the way your furniture looks. But you may get into a rut where you’re fine with the way the furniture looks and you don’t even notice that it is starting to look worse for wear. Subtle signs like sagging cushions and leaning backs indicate that the furniture is near the end of its life. If you notice things like ripped, stained, or peeling fabric, you also need to replace the furniture. These issues are not just cosmetic; they can also undermine the support the furniture offers and provide openings for pests and bacteria to flourish. If you are handy enough, you can fix it and even paint it. There are great tutorials out there on how to do it and you may remember I shared how to upholster a chair.
When you do buy your new furniture, opt for well-made, high-quality pieces, like those from Century Furniture, and other top names. The furniture will have a long lifespan so that you don’t have to throw down more money in just a few years.
You can’t keep older appliances in your home. If you do, you risk damaging your home or jeopardizing your family’s safety. An old appliance can short cut and cause an electrical fire. An old dishwasher can flood your kitchen and damage your floors and more. An old washing machine can ruin your clothes and run up your electric bill.
Check out the average age of appliances, and if yours are nearing that time, consider replacing it before anything happens. If you notice signs of a problem before then, get someone to take a look at the appliance and see if it can be repaired. You may find that replacing it is actually the better choice.
Plumbing and Electric
You typically won’t see problems with your plumbing or electric since both are hidden in the walls of your home or in the attic or crawl space. But you will notice problems with the components attached to these systems. For example, if your water heater needs to be replaced, it may start making loud noises, it may stop fully heating your showers or wash loads, and your water may start to smell. Or, if there are problems with your electrical system, you may notice that an appliance doesn’t turn on or that the lights in one just one room flicker from time to time.
Always contact a professional if you notice signs of a problem with your plumbing or electric. These trained technicians can diagnose the problem accurately and quickly, saving you money and potential damage to your home. They’ll also let you know if it’s a problem that can be fixed by a repair or if a replacement makes more sense, both for economic and time management purposes.
Getting regular home inspections can help you know when it is time to repair or replace items in your house, such as appliances or components like the roof or the plumbing. But you also need to keep a close watch on your furniture and on the elements of your home to spot any signs of trouble early. Then you can make repairs or invest in a replacement before you have any trouble. You’ll keep your home looking beautiful, and you’ll protect your home from damage. Over time, you’ll save yourself a lot of money and hassle.