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7 Signs Your House Badly Needs A Makeover

Two Real Living makeover designers share the glaring signs your home needs an overhaul. Heed their advice!

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Have you been living in the same home for decades, and it’s been looking worse for wear? Is your house drowning in general mess and clutter, and you’re trying to ignore it? Or have you just moved in, but your space just seems kind of “off?” If you’ve answered: “Yes!” to any or all of these questions, it might be high time for a makeover.

We asked two of Real Living’s favorite makeover designers—interior designer Hannah Acab-Faustino and decorator Grace Moslares—for the seven major signs your house badly needs a renovation.

1. The space no longer meets your needs.


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Has your household grown from being just a couple to having two school-age kids and a helper? Has your senior citizen mother-in-law moved in with you? Or have you just decided to work from home? Hannah advises that it’s time for a makeover when you have undergone a lifestyle change and your spaces does not address its functional requirements.

Aside from layout, function, and space changes, the overall look should also be considered. Grace shares: “This might be felt on all the major spaces of our home such as bedrooms—especially if your children are already in high school or college yet their rooms still have the vibe of a kids’ room. Changing the furniture pieces and painting the room with the right set of colors can do the trick.”

READ: A Dramatic Makeover Turns One Room Into Four

2. Clutter is threatening to take over your home.


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Perhaps the design of your home is still okay; it’s just that each room seems to look like you’re on an episode of Hoarders. “If there is clutter everywhere, we get confused or irritable—especially when we can’t find what we’re looking for. We may also develop allergies and even slip or fall,” Hannah explains.

Your makeover can simply be just to purge all the items you don’t need (involve your entire family), or possibly hiring a professional cleaner or organizer.

READ: 8 Steps To A Bedroom Organizing Makeover

3. Damages—structural or otherwise—are becoming more apparent


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Hannah shares that damages are inevitable in areas with high foot traffic. Be on the lookout for leaks, clogging, plumbing problems, and broken furniture. Make sure you always check the living area, bathroom, and kitchen for these problems.

Meanwhile, Grace suggests inspecting the “shell” of your home. “The shell [is composed of] your walls, floor, and ceiling. If the walls are unclean and dark, or if paint and the wallpaper are peeling off and if there are damages caused by leaks, it’s time for a makeover,” she explains.

READ: A Complete Home Renovation In Quezon City

4. Your furnishings, fixtures, or appliances are broken or unusable.


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Is your sofa on its last legs, or are your toilet fixtures and sinks clogged and no longer repairable? Then your space is due for a renovation, and the pieces for replacement. Though you might want to check first if your furniture is still salvageable if you refinish or reupholster it.

READ: These Dramatic Living Room Makeovers Use Existing Pieces

5. You no longer feel inspired and motivated.


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Dirty, unpainted walls, dark colors, and mismatched furniture can make the space look bleak and make you feel sad. A new look can help you feel inspired again, and a pleasant space can have you excited to come home. This revamp can be as simple as painting a wall, or getting new curtains, pillows, and accessories.

READ: Refreshing Colors Update a Plain Bedroom

6.  Your home looks extremely dated.


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There is a fine line between “retro” or “mid-century” and plain outdated. If your home seems trapped in the 1980s (with matching itchy and garishly colored polyester upholstery to match), perhaps it’s time to bring your space into the 21st century.

Some low-cost tricks that work are re-upholstery, re-finishing, switching to a more modern color scheme, or simply replacing some pieces.

READ: A P120,000 Makeover For An Antipolo House

7. Your space seriously lacks harmony.


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Maybe you have some decorating chops on you, but somehow everything doesn’t seem to click together. “Hodgepodge isn’t eclectic. There are no specific rules to eclecticism except that it should be tempered by basic principles of design involving balance and using the correct scale and proportion,” Hannah shares.

The interior designer suggests mixing the old with the new and experimenting with a play of colors, patterns, and textures. It also helps to keep all your pieces within a specific theme, to make it cohesive. 

READ: RL Makeover of Living, Kitchen, and Dining Areas in a 24sqm Space

NOTE: This article has been updated from the original 2015 story “5 Signs Your Home Needs a Makeover.”

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