They may seem like nig­gling is­sues to start with but they can go on to be­come big prob­lems — and a sign it’s time to ren­o­vate, writes

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It may not seem like much: a grow­ing prob­lem with mould, fail­ing plumb­ing or a kitchen that isn’t func­tion­ing well. But Home By Belle ren­o­va­tion com­pany owner Sarah Comer­ford says is­sues with the home that start out as small in­con­ve­niences might be an in­di­ca­tor that it’s time to take ac­tion.

“The main rea­son peo­ple choose to ren­o­vate is if some­thing is out­dated, so kitchens and bath­rooms are usu­ally the first to go,” she says.

While many peo­ple are ex­cited about ren­o­vat­ing, Sarah says oth­ers are forced into it — and they gen­er­ally are not happy about it. “It might be be­cause there’s some sort of dam­age — a big one is in bath­rooms with leaks,” Sarah says.

“A lot of peo­ple who come to us didn’t choose to ren­o­vate but have been forced to and it is mainly from some sort of dam­age.”

If you recog­nise your place in our list of prob­lems, it might be time to call in the builders.

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