Investing in home repairs or renovations is a major decision. Sometimes, repairs catch you unawares, like after a storm or a fire. Other times, you can plan and save for a repair or an upgrade.

If you reviewed your finances or your home situation and decided that this is the year to make that big repair, this blog is for you. If you’re on the fence about whether to splurge on that repair or hold out another year, this blog is also for you. Here’s how to pick you home renovation project and decide what you need.

1. Is it time for an upgrade?

Windows and roofs are both notorious for needing regular replacing. You should replace your roof every 20 years and replace your windows every 15-20 years. Bathtubs need to be replaced at least every 10 years. Other home hardware needs to be replaced less; an entry door can last a lifetime if it’s maintained every year or two. Insulation needs to be checked every year in your attic, and more.

If it’s coming up on these 10–20-year marks, it’s more than likely time for an upgrade, not just to keep up with the latest in-home hardware technology, but also …

2. Noticing wear and tear?

Even the best windows, roofs, tubs, and more experience wear and tear. But if you’ve been putting off a repair for a while, it’s probably time to invest in the repair. If you wait longer, the damage will get worse. For instance, a cover in front of the door or window will only keep a draft at bay for so long and can be a sign of a bigger problem.

Wear and tear can also help you prioritize what repair or upgrade you should invest in this year. If it’s between your windows and your siding, and a window is sticking or needs completely new weatherstripping but your siding just needs a cosmetic touch-up, it’s a no-brainer what repair or upgrade wins.

3. Want something nice for your home?

Maybe your roof, windows, tub, and everything else works fine and looks great in your home. But there’s something missing from your home, or you want to expand.

Sunrooms, patio covers, and tub-to-shower conversions can be great investments if you have the funds to upgrade your home, but don’t have repairs to take care of. Direct your savings into home features that you and your loved ones can enjoy for years.

If you’re ready to make an investment in your home but aren’t sure what you can do with your savings, we have a free estimate tool for you. Ready to schedule an appointment for a long-awaited repair? Contact us today to get started!