The phrase “you get what you pay for” is frustrating to hear, especially when it comes to your home. A remodel or new construction is an important investment for your home and your choices during the process can result in a better return for your money spent. Here are a few thoughts to help you make informed decisions along the way.


Cabinets are typically a big ticket item when remodeling and need consideration. Solid wood cabinets are typically more expensive, but are also very durable, have a longer product life and are fairly inexpensive to repair when it comes to cosmetic damage. Other options, such as a veneer on plywood or particle board, are typically less expensive; however, they are also more likely to show scratches, peel or separate from the wood backing over time, require costly repairs and present difficulties of matching the finish color in the future.


The surface of lower-quality tile selections can crack and chip, causing frequent and costly repairs. When choosing a tile, look for one labeled as integral color, which means the color is the same throughout, versus surface color. This will help hide any impact and abuse the tile may encounter, and lessen frequency of repairs.

Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are another big ticket item in the remodeling process of your home. Energy efficiency is one of the most important considerations because it affects other aspects of your home, such as the temperature and your electricity bill. Pricing of windows and doors can vary significantly depending on the function and material (vinyl, wood, aluminum, etc.).

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