Home renovations can get a bit pricey and overwhelming with the hardest part is sticking to your budget. The secret to staying in budget is knowing when to splurge and when to save.
Before investing in any project, there are a few questions you should ask yourself to help evaluate how you’ll embark on your renovations. You should debate whether you can do it yourself, the amount of time it will take, and the permanence of the project.
And while you’re debating whether to hire a paint contractor or DIY, we’ve made this process easier by devising a list of home improvement projects you can do without and some you can spend a little more on to enjoy.
High-end appliances can run up to $9,000 for a refrigerator, cooktop and oven, and dishwasher. Base models are easily one-third of the price and even the best appliances will need occasional repair work. Reliable, durable, no-frills appliances can cost half the price of their top-tier counterparts. There’s also stainless-steel paint to update old appliances.
Ceramic tiles are sturdy and affordable. Many designs often look like the designer, hand-made tiles, but for a far more affordable price. If you want to add a little “wow” factor, save on the background tile and spend a little more on accents.
Lighting design changes often and the sculptural designs and luxury finishes can quickly become over the top. If you’re on a budget, pass on the glam (or DIY it) and pick a fixture that is functional and incorporates layers of ambiance and accents.
Paint is made up of 3 basic components; pigments, solvents, and resins. Pigments give the paint color, solvents are the liquid carriers that transfer the pigments onto a surface, and resins allow the pigments to bind together once the solvents have evaporated, giving the paint its gloss.
Bargain paint will be diluted with more solvents and will provide less color payout, although cheaper. It’s best to go with a higher quality paint with a high amount of resin to give you a more resilient final product, such as the ones we use at Paint Denver.
The process of painting is also very time consuming, while a paint contractor can get in and out of your house in a few days, you’ll be staring at half-finished walls and drop cloths for weeks.
You should always pay more for things you interact with on a daily basis as they see more contact and wear than usual. This includes kitchen and bathroom cabinets. A drawer that sticks or doors that are misaligned, after a few months, will give you all kinds of buyer’s remorse.
Custom cabinets can get very pricey, but nowadays you can find a solid construction in reasonable semi-stock cabinets. While your paint contractor is working on your walls, you can also add your cabinets to their list as well!
Countertops see a ton of abuse and are often the focal point of a kitchen. It’s worth spending more on this material that will see constant wear and tear and have both durability and attractiveness. Natural stones like granite and marble are timeless classics, but in recent years, quartz has materialized into popularity.
If you’re ready to get started on some home renovation, you can start here by hiring a paint contractor at Paint Denver to refresh your walls, cabinets, and more! Give us a call today at (303) 800-7575.