When it comes to our homes, it seems like the work is never-ending.
Look, I’m not complaining. I kind of like home improvement projects and doing a little DIY. Okay, I love DIY.
But if you’re looking to save some cash while freshening up your home, or even doing a full-blown renovation, there are some tricks that are best avoided. They may seem like cost-saving hacks, but they’ll likely wind up costing you more money in the end.
There are appliances available for any budget, which is great. However, buying the cheapest options can sometimes be risky. Now, I’m not saying you need to buy an $8,000 wifi-enabled smart refrigerator, but buying the cheapest-made item isn’t always a good idea, either.
Very low-end appliances are often inexpensive because they are cheaply made. That means they have a tendency to break down more often, which requires you to spend more money when you have to call a repair person. Certain appliances, like dishwashers and fridges, can unexpectedly leak, too, leading to an expensive kitchen flood.
Instead, save money by purchasing better-made appliances at a discount. Plenty of stores mark down floor models or open-box items. Or, check to see if there is a scratch and dent appliances store near you.
I’m usually a big advocate for DIY projects, but this is one that even I won’t touch. I’m currently in the middle of renovating a mid-century beauty as we speak, and I already plan on calling in the professionals on this one.
Unlike painting, staining hardwood floors is a time-consuming process that is much less forgiving. Even the best DIYers wind up with an uneven finish. This leads to buying more stain and spending more time trying to fix it — and then calling a professional anyways to come finish the job. Skip all those extra steps, and just spend the cash on someone who does it for a living.
I know I already talked about not using chemical drain cleaners, but I’m going to mention it again. These drain cleaners might prove to be a quick fix when you need to get things inside the pipe moving again, but they will eventually cause more damage that you’re prepared for.
Every time you pour those chemicals down the drain, it’s causing gradual damage. Over time, the harsh chemicals will eat away at the pipes in your home, regardless of if they’re plastic or metal.
In the event you need to unclog a slow drain, try a plunger made for sinks or a hair-grabbing drain snake. If those measures fail, it’s time to call a plumber.
Nothing like a quick coat of paint to really refresh a space, right? It’s not just walls, either. This is also true when painting cabinets and trim in kitchens and bathrooms. However, you need to do it properly, and that means no skipping steps.
Sure, you can just slap some paint over the cabinets and call it a day. They’ll look great for a while, but eventually the old stain and finish will bleed back through, or your paint might start peeling off.
Help your paint job look better and last longer — eliminating the need to repeat the paint job, too — by doing it right the first time. Yes, you do need to sand the old finish away and prime the surfaces before painting.