4 Areas Of Your Home Not To Skimp On

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When building or buying a new home, it is easy to get trapped into a numbers game. You want to find as many ways to save money on your new home as possible. You find yourself cutting down things that you thought you always wanted, leaving things out, finding less expensive options, etc.
Of course, cutting costs is necessary for most people when they are building a new home. You have to learn to "rein it in" sometimes in order to not let the costs of your new home get completely out of hand.

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4 Areas Of Your Home Not To Skimp On
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That said, the opposite is also true: you also have to learn when to spend a bit more to get what you want. There are many areas of your home in which you can choose less expensive options in order to cut costs. But there are also certain areas in your home where you will want to choose quality over saving money. Doing this will help you to have the highest quality home possible; one that you will be able to continue to completely enjoy for many years to come.

Here are 4 areas of your home not to skimp on:

1. Flooring

The flooring of your home is the first area that I wouldn't recommend "skimping" on. Quality flooring can be very expensive, and you might find yourself being tempted to choose a less expensive, lower quality flooring option for your home in order save money. Linoleum flooring, fake hardwood, or cheap carpet can all start to look very enticing when you are only considering the price tags.
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But when it comes to your home, high quality flooring is an absolute must. Not only will high quality flooring look much better, which will give your entire home an overall look of quality, but high end flooring is also more comfortable, as well as much more durable and long lasting than low grade poor quality flooring.

2. Window Coverings

Your window coverings are another area in which you may consider spending less on. But this is another area that I feel it is extremely important to go with high quality over low cost. Low cost window coverings almost always look low quality. They don't provide proper privacy, they break easily, and they just look cheap. With windows being such a focal point of the home, you don't want to let them make your entire home look cheaper than it is.
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High quality window coverings are definitely the way to go. Quality drapes, shutters, etc, will give your entire home an instant air of class and luxury. They will also provide added insulation to your home (which will save you money on energy costs), as well as added privacy, and increased sturdiness and durability.

3. Countertops

Countertops are one of the most common areas of the home in which people "skimp." Frugality is an important part of building or buying a new home. But not at the cost of quality. High quality countertops, like granite, can take a large chunk out of your budget. But cheap countertops just aren't a great option. They crack, they burn, they peel, they fade, and they just don't look nice. High quality countertops will last much, much longer than cheaper counters, and they will look much nicer.
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4. Landscaping

Lastly, also don't be too cheap when it comes to the exterior of your home. The outside of your home is the first thing that people see when they come to your home. It is what gives everyone their first impression of your home. If you have a dirt-filled front yard, or if your yard is full of weeds, or even if you just haven't put any thought or investment into your yard, people will get a poor first impression of your home. They will carry that first impression with them throughout the rest of your home.

If the outside of your home looks cheap and unkempt, then people will subconsciously view the rest of your home with those same qualities. On the other hand, if you have invested into the exterior and landscaping of your home, people will instantly view your entire home as beautiful and high quality.
Nicole
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This article was contributed by Nicole. She writes about home building, including window covers and CurtainWorld Shutters.

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