There are a lot of idioms about homes – home is where the heart is, a man’s home is his castle and so on – and the majority of them deal with the pride that comes with your dwelling.
It is understandable that we take pride in our surroundings, as we spend a significant amount of our time here. We raise families, entertain guests, and live our lives within our walls, but while this pride is natural, it can block our sense of objectivity when it comes to the actual state that our houses are actually in.
While wear and tear is to be expected, some situations do call for serious action. But how do you know when to deal with minor damage, or to take the plunge and give your home a makeover? This article will give you insight on signs that reveal the need for a face lift.
As mentioned above, people tend to be very subjective about the state of their homes. It is easy to brush a little eyesore away with a comment like “it isn’t that bad”, or “we’ll deal with it later”, but inevitably these problems are left to linger. This is where your friends and family can be useful.
A home that is in good condition will receive compliments, and when these start becoming infrequent, this is the first indicator that your home may indeed require a makeover. If people don’t really offer you’re their opinion freely, then don’t be afraid to ask – more often the not you will get the kind of honesty that you need.
Take a look around
If you have the feeling that your house may need a makeover, whether you have been guided by friends or not, make a conscious effort to be objective. Look around your home. Is the paintwork looking shabby? Are those hairline cracks getting more serious? And do your floors show the amount of abuse that they take?
If you are honest with yourself then you will be more likely to take action, and confront this kind of situation with a positive approach. Also, if you notice problems you can prioritize which ones require immediate and serious action, and which ones can be left or hidden by creative design and layout. Honesty is key in this regard, and if you feel shame, or you try and deny the problem, always remember that other people have the same problems that you do.
This guest post comes from Victoria Heckstall on behalf of Rustic Stone, a company that has slate signs for the house available.