14 Dec Where to Save or Splurge During Home Renovations
One of the biggest questions homeowners ask before a home renovation project is: which of these can I put off? Where can I save some money? And with good reason. It’s unlikely that every part of your home will need refurbishment at the same time. Even if they do, some areas take priority.
In this post, we try to help you create a scale of preference, highlighting areas you may need to splurge on and where you can afford to be thrifty. Keep in mind, however, that these recommendations are discretionary. You’re better placed to determine which parts of your house need the biggest investment. But these tips should help point you in the right direction. Here we go:
Save on flooring
Start your savings from the lowest position in the home – the floor. Thankfully, most flooring systems were built to last for 20 – 25 years. So, you shouldn’t need to consider a complete replacement anytime soon. And if you do, consider luxury vinyl flooring (LVF); they allow you to mimic the look and feel of natural materials with more durability and fewer maintenance needs. LVF is also quite affordable, and you can save a bundle by choosing them over wood or stone flooring.
Splurge on kitchen cabinets
Cabinets are the first things you (or anyone else) will notice about your kitchen. As a result, you need them to be in the best shape possible. If you’re renovating your home, you should spare no costs in this area. In addition to how it improves the look of one of the most important rooms in your house, splurging on kitchen cabinets is also beneficial because a good set will serve you for many years.
Save on furniture
Yes, your furniture may be looking old, but that doesn’t mean you need to splurge on a new set. Give some thoughts to reupholstering and changing the fabric of settees and couches, and you can apply a fresh coat of finish to your tables and bedside furniture. You can DIY this or hire a good craftsman to have them looking good as new.
Splurge on energy-saving windows
If you’re looking at installing a new set of windows, then you should go all out and get energy-saving windows. They help keep your home insulated from the cold during winter and the sun on hot summer days. Additionally, they keep cold/hot air trapped in, ensuring that your air conditioning and heating units are never overworked. And finally, energy-efficient windows reduce your energy costs by up to 30%. So, you may even consider it an investment in the long run.
Save on electrical appliances
For most people, a home renovation is not complete if they’ve not replaced their electrical appliances. However, if you’re looking to save money, that’s probably the best place to start. Anything that’s not faulty beyond repair doesn’t need to be replaced. Unlike top-quality windows or kitchen cabinets, a new washing machine does not really increase the value of your home.
Splurge on bathroom fixtures
Splurging on bathroom fixtures is a practical move, more than it’s based on a vanity or simple aesthetics. The truth is, even if you find nice-looking faucets and bathroom essentials for cheap, you’re probably losing out on some functionality. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself buying new fixtures in a matter of months because you decided to skimp on them earlier. So, splurge on bathroom fixtures; they look good and the best ones will last for a long time.
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