How often should I update my home?

Have you been looking around your home and wondering if its time for an update?

A lot of properties could do with a refresh of some description every few years or so depending on how well the property is maintained, and how enthusiastic the owners are to keep up with household trends and innovations.

There are some things that should be looked at if you haven’t made any property improvements in years.

They include: 

Interior and exterior paint

How often to repaint depends on a variety of things including the surface the paint is on, the type of paint used and the local climate. Paint is also likely to wear out faster in frequently used areas like living areas.

Paint that is kept in good condition could potentially last for 10-15 years at most, but if it’s showing any signs or wear or tear on close inspection then it’s time for a repaint to freshen the property up and have it looking like new again.

When repainting, use it as an opportunity to choose fresh and modern colours for your home, and use a high quality paint so that all your hard work lasts as long as possible.


Carpets will wear out faster or slower depending on whether they are in high traffic areas or if there are young children and pets in the home.

In general, most carpets last about 10 years however they may need replacing sooner if they’re showing any signs of aging or have any rips, stains, tears or odours.

To extend the life of your carpet you should clean it regularly, but sooner or later an update will likely be in order.

Household appliances

 Most common household appliances have a lifespan of about 10 years give or take but there are a number of reasons why you may want to replace them sooner.

After awhile some appliances stop doing their job as effectively as they used to. In the case of washing machines or dishwashers they may stop cleaning as well as they used to, or an air-conditioner may not be able to cool a room successfully.

If an appliance isn’t working correctly it can chew up extra electricity and water and it can save you money (and perhaps clothes and dishes) in the long run if you switch over to more energy and water efficient products. 

Kitchens and bathrooms 

There is no “one size fits all” answer when it comes to when to renovate a kitchen or bathroom. These rooms can last years and years, however considering the frequent use they get it’s easy for them to start looking worn out pretty quickly.

One of the most common reasons to upgrade a kitchen or bathroom is when there is existing damage. If you already find yourself having to replace cabinetry or bench tops then it’s a good time to consider a total overhaul as you will already be dealing with construction mess and damage can occur to other items once you start fixing one element.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to updating any part of your home. Sometimes people just want a change or to spruce up their property to get it ready for sale.

If you’re thinking about updating your home in preparation for sale and would like any advice then feel to contact the McGrath Central Tablelands team.

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