March 20, 2018

On a scale of old and poorly constructed to modern and well designed, where does your house fall? Is it time for a remodel?

We stand by the belief that a well designed and constructed space can lift your spirit. Sadly, many Boston-area homes haven’t been remodeled in decades and are still living in the 80s (and not the good part of the 80s).

Today, we’re outlining the 8 tell-tale signs that your home is the perfect candidate for a remodel. These triggers cause many Bostonians to stop dreaming about how nice it would be to live in a redesigned space and actually commit with confidence to a whole-home remodel by New England Design & Construction.


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1. You’re embarrassed about your space

Your environment has a profound impact on your well-being and quality of life. If you’re living in an outdated or poorly designed space, you know what we mean. You may feel constantly annoyed, unsettled, or like you can never really relax. Most of all, you’ll feel embarrassed about your home and the thought of entertaining.

At this point, many homeowners try to fix the problem on their own with small solutions. You’ll soon realize that rearranging furniture, adding new decorations, or repainting walls just isn’t enough to achieve a space you’re truly proud of.


2. Your home is constantly a mess

Is your kitchen countertop perpetually cluttered? Closets stuffed to the brim and overflowing? Bathrooms in constant disarray? Garage barely usable due to clutter? It’s possible that your home simply isn’t equipped with proper storage.

A home remodel may not cure messy habits, but it can absolutely make messes easier to manage. A design-build remodel will take into account your storage and day-to-day needs. That may mean a custom-designed pantry, larger closets with ample storage, or extra built-in solutions for storing bathroom items.


3. You feel way too crowded

One of the biggest reasons homeowners finally commit to a remodel is because they realize they don’t have enough room to be comfortable. Whether it’s due to a new baby, taking in aging parents, needing extra bathrooms as your children become teenagers, or wanting a separate space to work from home.

Whatever the circumstances, if you’re bursting at the seams of your home, don’t assume your only solution is to move to a new house. Many older homes are poorly laid out and a remodel will help free up space. We’ve had plenty of clients who can’t believe how much extra space we’re able to provide simply by reimagining the design and layout of their home.

Also keep in mind that the Boston real estate market is incredibly competitive right now. Houses for sale are few and far between, and the process of finding a home and going through an inevitable bidding war is long, stressful, and expensive. It’s much more cost-effective to remodel your existing home into your dream home.


4. Your kids are moving out

The term “empty nest” never feels more accurate than when you’re faced with a quiet home full of underutilized space. Once your kids leave home, those empty rooms, unused bathrooms, or other large spaces will start to feel pointless. Many homeowners decide to remodel and repurpose these areas to better meet their new needs.

This could be creating reconfiguring empty bedrooms to create your dream master suite, or creating a more open gathering space for when the kids come to visit.


5. Your home is the oldest on the block

Planning on selling your home someday? Making sure you maintain competitive property value is important. Remodeling and modernizing your space can help you keep up with the pack and ensure you maintain a good resale value on your property.

If your home is extremely dated and all your neighbors homes are worth more than your own, it’s a great time to consider a remodel. Check out the latest cost-vs-value report for New England to learn more about estimating the value a remodel will bring your home.


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6. Your home needs extensive repairs

Even if your home doesn’t look dated, it may have a lot of other issues – especially if it hasn’t received regular maintenance and repairs over the years.

  • • Old, chipping paint (interior and exterior)
  • • Leaky roof
  • • Old floors that need to be replaced
  • • Broken appliances
  • • Rusty plumbing and electrical wiring issues
  • • Infrastructure issues

As these problems start to compile, it makes more sense to remodel rather than schedule repairs with multiple vendors and hope it all comes together in a cohesive way. It can even save you money in the long-run.


7. You don’t want to (or cannot) move

Some people who are unhappy with their home will decide to just move somewhere else. However, that may not always be an option, or even something you want to do.

If you love your location and have a special affinity for your home, then you’re probably planning on sticking around for many years to come. If that’s the case, then it’s a great sign that you should remodel. You deserve to love where you live, so if this is your forever home, make it your dream forever home.


8. You have the funds and are ready to make the investment

The final sign that it’s time to remodel your home is when you have the finances available and you’re emotionally ready to take the plunge. At NEDC, a typical whole home remodel ranges from $150,000 to $500,000 and the remodeling process will take some time.

If you are financially prepared and feel ready to tackle this exciting new step in your life, then now is an excellent time to remodel your home.


Work with an award-winning design-build company

Did you identify with these signs that it’s time to remodel? Ready for a free design consultation with our experts?

Here at New England Design & Construction, we have a special reputation for making the remodeling process extremely stress-free, easy, and enjoyable. We’re guided by our core values and mission statement of “lifting spirits with spaces” which help us provide an efficient, responsible, and accountable experience.

Our team of design experts specialize in whole-home remodels in the Greater Boston Area. You’ll love our ability to listen to your needs and create fresh, updated spaces where you and your family can flourish for decades to come.


“Dave and his NEDC team executed our project in a highly professional manner. Extremely attentive to customer satisfaction, meeting timelines and presenting multiple options within established budgets. We absolutely love the finished product and would highly recommend NEDC to others especially if you’re interested in having your project well managed from the design concept to completion!” – Rico W.

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Published March 20, 2018 | By