May 9, 2024

Common Signs Your House Might Be Outdated

Usually, you know an outdated home when you see one, which is not exactly a timeless or historic home, just an outdated one. Sometimes, our beloved homes start showing their age. Honestly, it's not like it's anyone's fault; it's just that trends come and go. 

When working on improving the home, most people think of energy efficiency, such as ways to warm up the house in the winter. It's not always just about trends and fast homeware; it's about the atmosphere and the overall look.

For example, maybe the furniture just doesn't look good in the space itself because the room appears so outdated and was only built for a specific type of furniture. Homes built in the 1950s aren't going to complement modern-day furnishings like they would older mid-century furnishings. While vintage charm is one thing, outdated features might be telling you it's time for a refresh.

Again, there's a difference between the two, and becoming something vintage doesn't inherently mean that it's charming. So, with that all said, here are some things that tell the home might be outdated.

Having Colours of Yesteryears
So, this is usually the biggest giveaway! If the walls of the home are still sporting the "it" colours from decades past (think avocado greens, mustard yellows, or the ever-dubious salmon pink), it might be time for a change of paint colour. Updating the wall colour to more neutral, contemporary shades can dramatically change the look and feel of your home, making it brighter and more inviting.

While yes, technically, white is in right now, it's popular, and neutrals colours including white are considered to be timeless.

Your Wallpaper Screams a Certain Decade
Speaking of walls, have you ever noticed the wallpaper in That '70s Show? While wallpaper is making a comeback, those old, floral patterns—or worse, the dreaded wood paneling—can make the space feel more like a time capsule than a trendy haven. So, if you want to go for this look, then by all means, keep it, but if you want to fix up your house, then you should consider stripping those dated walls and opting for a modern print or go for a fresh coat of paint for a clean and updated look.

Creaky Garage
If you look at older shows, such as those from the 1980s and 1990s, you're going to find a certain design that these have: older garages. Just have a look at them. But it's not just about the look they have; it's about how they operate, too! Old, creaky garage doors not only detract from the home's curb appeal, but can also be a security risk as it is easy to break into.

Having a modern garage door installed can provide a significant facelift to the home's exterior and enhance security. Many modern garage doors offer improved insulation properties, which can help save on energy bills. 

Old Appliances
Outdated appliances can detract from the aesthetic appeal of the home and it isn't energy efficient. New appliances have become more affordable and are more energy efficient, so it would better to update these.

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