When to Save & When to Splurge on Your Home Renovation

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Every home renovation project comes with a budget, and it’s inevitable that your budget won’t cover everything. 

By balancing your budget, you can maximize your home renovations while still ending up with completed projects that will last years. 

So, where do you save and where do you splurge on your home renovations? 

Splurge on Bathroom Fixtures

You can find cheap faucets and shower heads easily, but the drop in quality isn’t worth saving the money. 

When you purchase high-end bathroom fixtures, you don’t have to worry about things such as water pressure, frequent replacements, or leaks that lead to eventual damages. 

Save on Bathroom Flooring

You need a good slip-resistant tile for your bathroom, but it doesn’t need to be high-end. 

Plus, if you save on tiles, you can splurge for amenities such as under-floor heating, which you’ll enjoy more in the long run. 

Splurge on Home Siding

If your renovation calls for redoing the exterior of your home, splurge on the siding you buy. 

Siding is the first thing people see on your home. It adds curbside appeal and attracts potential buyers. 

Plus, cheap siding isn’t as durable, so not only will it look bad, but it won’t last long. This leads to frequent repairs and replacements. 

Save on New Front Doors

This advice may seem counterintuitive given that replacing front doors is considered to provide the most return on investment of any remodeling project, but hear us out. 

A new front door is going to cost you a lot no matter what. The extra cost is all in colors, windows, and other add-ons, not in quality. Get a new front door, but customize it yourself with paint at home and save immensely.

Splurge on Kitchen Countertops

Countertops are something you’ll use daily. 

They undergo immense wear over the course of your home’s life, so naturally they are worth splurging on. Go for timeless neutral pieces over trendy colors and designs to further your investment. 

A new countertop should be something you’ll love for years. 

Save on Kitchen Appliances

Technology is growing at an unprecedented rate. That means even low-end appliances today are still going to do an excellent job. 

Plus, they often exceed the quality of high-end appliances from only a few years ago. 

Splurge on Paint

Poor-quality paint leads to a host of problems, including paint flaking, chipping, and fading with time. This leads to frequent repainting jobs which cost you more in the long run. 

If you splurge and get the paint color you want now, you’re less likely to want to repaint in several years’ time, allowing your investment to pay out in the long run. 

Save on Professional Painters

Yes, painting your home by yourself can be a daunting and laborious process, but it is easy. 

By painting your home yourself over the course of a weekend, you save tons of money that you can put towards other areas of your home renovation. 

Deciding what to splurge on and what to save on when it comes to your home’s renovations is a difficult task. 

No matter what, prioritize the additions and renovations that matter most to you when it comes to budgeting. If there’s something you really want, it’s okay to splurge!

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At James R. Irvine Construction, we specialize in home remodeling and additions. Since 1985, we have helped transform homes across Maryland and Pennsylvania. For help on your home renovation journey, schedule a consultation with us today!

4 Responses

  1. Polestar says:

    I like that you are considering options for how to save money. Repairs are always expensive, and I’m so happy to read your post. Thank you for such helpful content!

  2. Happy Hiller says:

    Thank you for reminding me how important it is to buy quality plumbing fixtures. Saving on plumbing can lead to serious breakdowns. And the damage from water, as well as from fires, is the greatest and requires expensive restoration.

  3. Portella says:

    I like the idea of buying a new front door which is not very expensive and customizing it yourself with paint. There are a million colors to choose from luxurious black to fancy pink. But as for the option for the finish, I would recommend a semi-gloss one. Semi-gloss paint gives you a smoother surface than lower-sheen finishes and has a degree of shine, providing a visual contrast.

  4. SentriForce says:

    Thanks for sharing! By the way, is solar panels installation in order to reduce utility bills good idea? There is a belief that it’s quite costly and doesn’t pay off. Can you confirm that?

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