There are a lot of reasons to love your 1980s home. It’s old enough that you’re not wondering how it will hold up over the years, but it’s not so old that you are worried it will fall apart. Of course, even the best 1980s houses need updates from time to time. With these tips, you’ll know which upgrades are best for your home and what to expect from the process.
It’s fairly easy to tell when you need to update a room. For kitchens and bathrooms, you should consider it every 10 to 15 years at a minimum. It’s not as easy to tell when you’re ready for a complete overhaul. Before you start finding the right contractor, figure out which project is best for your home. Here are a few ways to determine if it’s the right time.
Houses built in the last 20 years tend to have a more modern style. When you drive through a neighborhood built in the 1970s or 1980s, you may see a few common features like small windows, split levels, and ranches, so many ranches. If your home has the original exterior, it’s almost certainly a specific kind of muddy brown. The 1980s house styles had some variability by region, but you’ll find plenty of neighborhoods like this. You’d be surprised how much newer your home could look with an update, even if it’s pushing 40.
Unless you see a 1980s house interior everywhere you look, there’s a high likelihood your home has seen a few improvements over the years. Carpet rarely lasts that long, and we all know how much 80s interior design relied on that. But if your home got a handful of updates in various rooms from the 1990s to the 2010s, you probably have a bunch of mismatched trends in one house. It’s enough to make you dizzy, or at least make you wish it were more consistent.
Keeping up with the Joneses can create a lot of peer pressure, especially if everyone else’s homes look much newer than yours. Although focusing exclusively on ROI is a common remodeling mistake to avoid, you should definitely consider it as a way to preserve your home’s value. Older homes, especially those that look outdated or dilapidated, often come up short on value when it’s time to sell. Remodeling can help you maintain your resale value, even if you’re not planning to sell anytime in the near future.
The process to modernize a home involves more than the surface aspects. Some 80s houses have an interior that matches late 2010s trends but still have an outdated electrical system, HVAC, or plumbing. Sometimes, it’s hard to make the decision on a complete remodel until you realize that you can have so much more that way. Want to create a smart home with everything connected? You can have it. Ready to expand your home so that it meets your needs in the future? A whole house remodel might be just the ticket to ensure that everything fits.
It’s almost certainly worth remodeling an old home, although there are a handful of exceptions. Homes with poor construction may be better to knock down and build again. Homes that were gutted after a fire might not be salvageable. Otherwise, there’s a high likelihood that you’ll get a good ROI by remodeling. Older homes with a reasonable layout and good structural integrity may be much less expensive to update. When you start to interview contractors, ask about their experience with homes like yours and the remodeling services they offer.
It’s hard to put a specific price on a remodeling project until you’re ready to schedule a consultation and get a detailed estimate. As a general rule, you can expect to pay around $50 to $150 per square foot to remodel a home. Costs depend heavily on the type of upgrades you want. If your home has damage you need to mitigate, you’ll probably pay more. If you’re looking at additions or a major overhaul of the exterior, you’ll likely pay more for that as well. Ask your contractor if you can see a project gallery to get ideas.
Every remodeling project will be a little different, but most follow these general steps:
If you want to remodel your house and you’re wondering where to start, you have come to the right place. At Peacock & Company, we have decades of experience working with older homes to make them so much more functional and fashionable for homeowners. Contact us when you are ready to discover the benefits of hiring an expert contractor with a commitment to quality craftsmanship and excellent service.