Home Decoration: A First Timer's Guide

When it comes to home improvement, things can get expensive fast. What may start out as a project to fix that annoying click in the ceiling can quickly escalate into a project that costs $100,000 or more. It is a challenge to determine what the best things to save on are and what the best things to splurge on are. If you are wondering what the best bang for your buck is when it comes to home improvement and renovation, consider the following splurge-worthy items before making your final decision.

Things you will use most
What are your hobbies or interests? Where do you spend your time in your home? Whatever you love the most should be the area you spend the most on. For example, if you cook a lot, splurge in the kitchen. If you spend a lot of time outdoors on a deck or patio, that is a wise place to spend the most. If you love movies and theatrics, then you should spend the most on your entertainment room. When you use your interests as a guide, it is easy to tell where you should invest.

Appliances are an area where scrimping may end up costing you more in the end. Cheap appliances often break, leading to replacement within just a few years. If you have to buy a new dishwasher every two years, for example, rather than once every 15 years, the cheaper option will end up costing much more in the end. More expensive appliances are also more energy-efficient, which leads to usage savings on your electricity bill. It may cost $20 a month to use an energy-efficient stove, while a cheap stove may cost $100 a month to operate. It is important to consider the cost of the cheap product before purchasing it.

Lighting is a good area to splurge on when remodeling your home. Cheap light fixtures break more often, and may even cause safety issues from sparks, burn-out, or power overloading. Cheap light bulbs require replacement much more often and can cost hundreds of dollars each year. If you invest in high quality bulbs, they will last several years and may end up saving you money in the long run. Energy-efficient bulbs also use less energy, which will save you money on your electricity bill.

When it comes to paint, you do not want to go cheap. Cheap paint has a high concentration of water, meaning you will need to use more paint to achieve the same coverage. Cheap paint also chips, cracks, and peels much faster than higher-cost paint. Cheap paint also typically contains more VOC compounds, which are harmful to the environment and your own respiratory system.

You may be tempted to scrimp on window quality, but that is not a good idea. Windows can leak up to half of the cooling and heating energy used to keep your home comfortable. High quality windows are better insulators and will also last longer.

There are many things that you can save on during a home improvement project, but the above items should not be any of them.
About The Author :
This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon. Her interests are entertainment, home improvement, parenting and health but she is constantly extending her field of view to incorporate interesting news suggested to her by her readers.  If you like her writing, feel free to follow her on Twitter.

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