5 Areas You Shouldn’t Cheap Out on When Remodeling a Room

by Guest Author on April 19, 2013

DIY home improvement projects are often a balance between saving money and maintaining a high standard of quality when selecting your materials. If you are doing the project on your own, you are already saving yourself some money by not having to pay any labor. The question then becomes; how do you spend that extra money?

Saving money on materials is possible, though too much cost cutting here can get you into trouble. In fact, there are materials that despite the high price tag should be sought out because of their superior quality and value. Going cheap in these areas can cause you to have to go back and spend more money and time buying the same thing twice just to do patchwork.

In this article we’ll identify some of those materials and find out what’s worth spending some extra money on when you’re remodeling a room.


Buying cheap paint is a move that you will live to regret. The cheaper the paint, the more likely it is to scratch and leave marks that will need painted over. Less expensive brands of paint can also require more coats and do a poor job of covering up inconsistencies in the drywall or from previous paintjobs. Spending the extra money for Valspar or Behr paint is well worth it, as these often come with primer mixed in and seldom require more than two coats.


Blinds do not usually make a room, but they can break them under the right circumstances. A cheap set of blinds can cause you problems on several fronts. First, they tend to crack and break quickly and are prone to mechanical errors. Second, they detract from the overall quality of the room’s décor. Even though you will spend a lot more, getting a high quality set of blinds is worth the extra coin to avoid some of these problems.

Wood Flooring

There are plenty of economy options when it comes to wood flooring, though the difficulty and time involved in installing any kind of wood floor means you need to get something that is going to last you a long time. Wood floors are prone to cracking and can develop inconsistencies over time as a result of foot traffic, moisture and general where are tear. Higher quality wood can help stave this off and give your floor a much longer shelf life than if you opt for a cheaper wood or laminate option.

Painted or Textured Ceiling

In this case, I’m not referring to the materials involved as much as the labor. This is one area where you should consider hiring a professional as opposed to taking it on yourself. A textured or even just a simple painted ceiling can be hard to do right, and if you make a mistake it will affect the outcome of the entire project. Most professionals who do ceiling textures and painting can get the job done in a matter of a few hours or less depending on the size of the room. For the average DIYer, this would take a lot longer. Save yourself the time and invest in someone to take care of this step for you.


The placement and quality of lighting in a room is crucial to the overall outcome. You will need to plan ahead and try your best to figure out what will work for your situation. Once you do, do not be afraid to spend a little extra for a higher quality light, especially if you’re installing recess lighting or anything mounted to the wall or ceiling. Unlike a lamp, you cannot change those out at the drop of a hat, so make sure you are happy with what you install and that it will do an adequate job of lighting the room.

About the Author: Lisa Pierce enjoys writing about commercial and home design for Stainless Handrail Systems Ltd

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