When planning for your Brisbane East home renovation, you will have to make a big decision—whether to replace or to re-use your old appliances, furniture and fixtures. This may not be an easy decision, but you may have to let go of some things that you love and keep ones that will no longer be useful for your new home. But when renovating for home efficiency and for the safety and comfort of your family, some sacrifices have to be made. If you find it hard to distinguish which items to replace and which ones to re-use, here is a guide to help you:

Appliances

Appliances may be what separate modern homes from homes centuries ago. They make living easier, more comfortable, and more efficient. But appliances often develop as fast as technology, so the oven you proudly bought 10 years ago may be considered old or even obsolete by today’s standards. That is not to say though that old means trash. In fact, many old appliances are more durable than new ones. So here is a short guide to which appliances you should re-use or replace.

Reuse:

  • Appliances that have never been broken before and never needed servicing
  • Appliances that are 5 years old or less.
  • Are perfectly working and would look nice on the new house design.

Replace:

  • Appliances that have been broken several times and needed constant servicing
  • Appliances that are not energy efficient and are beyond their average lifespan. Check out this guide from Houselogic.
  • If there is no way they would fit the new design of the house interior

Fixtures

House fixtures like kitchen sink, toilet seat, shower, plumbing and heating are also important in the house, but are definitely more difficult to replace. Nevertheless,  there are times when you do need to replace them for your safety and comfort. These tips should help you decide whether to replace or reuse your home fixtures.

Replace:

  • Replace them if they are causing problems like toilet not flushing etc.
  • Replace them if they are not up to water safety and water conservation standards or fire standards.
  • Replace them if they look really bad because of their age.

Reuse:

  • Reuse them if they are not wasting water or energy
  • Reuse them if you have them for just 5 years or so.
  • Reuse them if they have never given you any problems.

Furniture

Furniture is not just useful, but they are also decorative. As decorative items, they are subject to changing trends in interior design, so if you want to  follow the trends, you may have to let go of some of them. Find out how you can decide which furniture stays and which you should replace below.

Replace:

  • Replace them if they are already creaking and are showing signs of wear and tear
  • If they are wobbly and may cause accidents
  • Replace them if the furniture is seldom used or is already uncomfortable
  • Replace if the furniture does not fit the design of your new home

Note: Some furniture, especially antique furniture, may be reupholstered if you want to keep it.

Reuse:

  • Reuse if the design fits your newly renovated home
  • It is comfortable to use
  • It is structurally sound.

You can sell or donate old appliances and furniture that are still working. For old appliances that no longer work, you can contact recycling companies.